Creative Images 2012 — photo 1 of 3:
This squished-looking picture was originally a panoramic photo, which you can see below. Because it is a panorama, the photo is much wider than it tall. In this case, it is 4,549 by 680 pixels, which is an aspect ratio of 6.7:1.

One day the idea came to me to reset the photo back to its normal 3:2 aspect ratio, which gives width of 1,024 instead of 4,549, while keeping the height unchanged at 680 pixels. When I made that adjustment in Photoshop, this picture above is how it turned out! It sure gives you a different perspective of the Painted Hills!

It's amazing that the panoramic version of this photo won 1st place in the local camera club monthly competition for April 2012, and a month later, the "condensed" version also won 1st place! It's a double-winning shot!

Camera used: Sony Alpha α77 with Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
This photo won 1st place in the monthly competitions of the Valley Viewfinders Camera Club in Albany, Oregon.
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