After studying fine art in the mid 1970’s I went off in a totally different direction for years until 1991 when I started a walk-in computer based graphic design business in Finsbury Park, north London. I always had an interest in photography but like a lot of people I was a happy party/holiday snapper and never really took it too seriously. As the design business grew I often worked in tandem with photographers who took the shots needed for brochures and other advertising based media that I was producing at the time and I started to take a more serious interest the medium. I have always appreciated wide open spaces and mountainous regions during my travels so I suppose this is why I choose to concentrate on photographing this natural beauty. For many years I’ve been taking pictures hand-held or using a tripod and manually stitching the final image using Adobe Photoshop®. This although very satisfying to do it is very time consuming when managing a large number of files. Virtually all the images in the galleries were compiled in this way. In 2013, I decided to try out a GigaPan® Epic Pro motorised head system coupled with Kolor Autopano Giga stitching software. This enabled me to take more images and process them resulting in much larger, more detailed panoramas, most being Gigapixels in size (1,000 megapixels = 1 gigapixel). This enables viewers to zoom in, often for miles and see objects not visible to the naked eye. It’s been a learning curve to say the least but I think it’s been worth the struggle. But that’s for you to decide. I hope you enjoy viewing the images as much as I did creating them. Frank Johnston For any enquiries concerning photography please do so using the form below or click icon to e-mail  For any enquiries concerning design please click icon to e-mail My work flow for creating Gigapixel images at the moment is from camera raw to Adobe Lightroom. Develop them and export as 300dpi TIFF files. These are exported to Kolor Autopano Giga for preview rendering. Correct bad links if any, adjust tilt, crop and render to a Photoshop® PSB file. In Photoshop® I then make final adjustments to light balances/colour and correct any stitching errors. When finished I then upload it to GigaPan® for viewing. If you would like more information on the set-up I am currently using please click on the links below. CAMERAS TRIPOD for Gigapixel images TRIPOD for normal images Nikon D5200 & D7100 Converted surveyors tripod Giottos Silk Road Series GYTL8383 LENSES Nikon 16-85mm f3.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S DX Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G AF-S VR IF-ED Nikon 300mm f4 D AF-S IF ED / Nikon TC-14E AF-S Teleconverter II COMPUTING Case COOLERMASTER SILENCIO 550 QUIET MID TOWER CASE Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4820K (3.7GHz) 10MB Cache Motherboard ASUS® P9X79 LE: INTEL® SOCKET LG2011 Memory (RAM) 32GB KINGSTON HYPER-X BEAST DUAL-DDR3 2400MHz X.M.P Graphics Card AMD RADEON R9 270 2GB 1st Hard Disk 240GB KINGSTON HYPERX 3K SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s 2nd Hard Disk 500GB SAMSUNG 840 EVO SSD, SATA 6Gb/s Power Supply CORSAIR 650W RM SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET Processor Cooling CORSAIR H60 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
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