Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Steve Foss

A stitch in time . . .

Recommended Posts

With my 17-40 about to go out the door (trading it for a 10-22), I thought I'd take advantage of the bright sun and blue sky and snow to take a five-image pano of a common and popular local scene and stitch them together. I've been wanting to do this pano for awhile, and the lens leaving and Dan's posting the Metrodome pano got me going this afternoon.

I posted a 900 pixel image here first and then tried to link to a 3,000 pixel image on flickr and then tried to post the 3,000 pixel image below as well. Neither of the latter two worked, so I guess it'll just have to be the 900 pixel view. Bumping it up to 100 percent on my screen, the full-sized file (85 Mb) is full of rich detail.

I still have a little work to do on the skies. Even at 28mm there was a bit of barrel distortion and a touch of vignetting (which I could mostly take care of in PS but not quite completely), so there were a couple sky edges in the stitch that needed mending. I need to clean them up a bit more.

Canon 30D, Canon 17-40 f4L at 28mm, manual settings for consistent exposure from frame to frame, iso100, 1/320 @ f9, leveled tripod, pan/tilt head

3283117690_0a16c7aea9_o.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Longcaster, not sure about jackpine ridge. This is a view of the escarpment north of Shagawa Lake just west of the intersection of Cty. 88 (Grant McMahan Blvd) and Cty. 116 (Echo Trail).

Here's a repost.

The first is stitched using the Canon PhotoStitch software that came with the camera. It's the one posted above. The second was stitched using Adobe Bridge Photoshop tools. The latter clearly did a better job of stitching, particularly on the sky (much easier to see on the full-sized version but also visible here). I didn't have to mend/blend any sky seams at all. It also allowed me to stitch the RAW files and use advanced settings, which Photostitch does not. I'll be using Bridge from now on.

3283117690_0a16c7aea9_o.jpg

3283439340_44a9c1f2a5_o.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You really did a good job with the needle and thread grin That shot on my monitor dose not do it justice. Will have to look at it on the bigger monitor tonight. If you can't be fishing you better be taking shots with such nice light.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ovell all Steve you did a fantastic job putting this one together. The scene you chose is absolutely on the mark. Makes me want to suit up and head out the door with my camera. Come think of it, I think I'll do just that,LOL!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nicely done, Steve. I've looked at shooting that scene as I go by, but always seemed to be on my way to somewhere else. Now I won't have to! grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • You might be better off trying to do some research on your own on the old shotgun. I think it would be a waste of time taking it to Cabela's since most of the folks  who work there now think  any gun made before 1970 is an antique. The gun surely is made in Europe and might have originated in one of the English or Belgian or even German "guild" shops, little outfits that cranked out inexpensive guns that did not even bear maker's names since they were made by a "bunch" of guys. Your best bet would be to trace or photograph the proof marks and go from there.  That is,  I'm assuming it has proof marks :).
    • For an exciting adventure in shooting grab an old "trapdoor" Springfield and rattle off a few rounds of 45-70 or 45-90.  If you're of skinny build and little weight it'll give you a THUMP you'll remember!   Perfect deer cartridge for MN though since that big ol' bullet will go churning through the brush like a D-8 Cat until it hit's it's target. Have been around the old '94 30-30 since way back when and while it is handy it is not that accurate and lacks the knock-down power of many, many of today's rounds. But if you just have to have one as I always say, it''s your money. Keep in mind you can buy the .35 Remington in a pump action,   which a lot of MN duck hunters find easy to use come deer season.
    • I have an old Damascus barreled shotgun that was passed on to me by my grandpa. The story I have always heard and been told is that it was brought over from Denmark by my great grandfather in 1915. It has no markings indicating where it was made or anything else that I could use to figure out some history on the gun. It is a pin fire and has a stag carved into the underside of the stock. Anyone have any ideas on where I could find any info on this? I had thought about bringing it to Cabelas and see if they knew anything about it. I'm not concerned about the value. I'd just like to know a little more about it or even get pointed in the right direction. 
    • I like the .30-.30 because of availability and affordability of the ammo but I think the .35 Remington may be a better overall round. I don't know anything about the .45-70 Gov. though.
    • I wouldn't mind having a lever action 30-30 just because everyone should have one. I'd bet a big percentage of us carried one our first time out deer hunting. My grandpa had a Marlin in either .44 or .357 that I wish I'd have gotten. I've also thought about a 45-70. 
    • This is an intriguing round for sure. Ballistics and long range performance is supposed to be good. Ammo seems priced reasonably.  A big plus is that you can get it in an AR-15 and with a 90 grain bullet I wouldn't be afraid to use it on deer sized animals. I've always liked the idea of having multiple uppers for my AR. 
    • The Trestle got 10+ inches of snow today ,,, May have to make plans to go take a peek at the trails this weekend ,,, Hopefully the groomers can get out and pack the trail a little bit to cover the rocks 
    • Ha! I am looking into the app controller outlets but not for plugging in the pickup. I just built a deck on the back of the house and I'm going to pull wire and add some extra outlets out there for lights. They'll be much easier than putting in more switches to control them. 
    • Oh don't be a poopy pants!  Just given yea some poop!  Nice looking fish as always!
  • Our Sponsors