story of the image:
A number of years ago, I took about
20 35mm shots of the view from the top of a rock wall in the vicinity
of our cabin in Colorado. They were overlapping shots, but not
taken with a tripod, and not all aimed horizontally.
Needless to say, PhotoVista could
not deal with the varying vertical positions of the images in
trying to stitch them together into a panorama. I ended up setting
up a number of 720x720 canvases in PhotoShop, and worked with
layers and varying transparency settings to composite the photos
into segments of the whole panorama.
In SkyPaint, I pasted parts of
the composites in as appropriate, depending on the segment of
the sphere I was viewing. Then all I had to do was to repaint
the sky and create missing elements in the foliage and rocks (not
covered by the set of photos).
I must admit that I originally
thought that SkyPaint would limit me a bit, because it seemed
to emphasize "painting by hand"; this project convinced me otherwise.