Monday, August 02, 2010

[jules' pics] 8/01/2010 08:32:00 PM

Sunrise on the Kita Alps, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

The sun strikes the most famous Kita Alps ridge at just before raw egg o'clock.

The original, 14148 pixels across, is a panorama made up from about 7 photos from James' LX3. I think that interwebs do it no justice and intend to print it out several feet across and stick to to a wall somewhere. You can too! Here it is on SmugMug (split in two for reasons of economy).

Posted By jules to jules' pics at 8/01/2010 08:32:00 PM


TimChase said...

It is great to see someone else doing panoramas -- and one that I will likely only dream of ever reaching -- particularly in terms of the view.

I have fallen in love with panoramas only within the past two or three years. I have hiked mountains before but never actually climbed them. The longest I was up hiking in the mountains was 24 hours -- and that was because I was lost. A much warmer climate, too, up in the mountains to the north of Honolulu. But even when I was in the mountains I almost invariably was missing a camera. So I never got the chance to take panoramas from up there -- and wouldn't have had the skill even if I had had the opportunity. What panoramas I have taken tend to be of lower resolution, and more likely of cities, bridges or beaches.

But here are some of my better ones...

A panorama taken at night just before New Year's Eve fireworks...
Seattle from Alki on 31 Dec 2008 it has some of the granualarity due to high sensitivity to light where I should have been keeping the shutter open longer, but it was also misting at the time. I scaled it to a smaller size to get rid of almost all of the granualarity.

Technically my best panorama is Near Sphere Panorama of Waterfront Park (Big... 4 MB) That took 130 photos. My three of my hemispheres take about 70 which I have wrapped around the pole are here: Fourth and Seneca (Looking Up), 5th and University (Looking Up) and Seattle Library (Looking Up). And here is a variation on Waterfron Park using a variation on the polar wrap: Waterfront Park II.

Two of the most artistic city skylines I've taken: Seattle Bathing in Sunlight and Seattle Late Afternoon I of II.

Two from Discovery Park: Blue Discovery and Basking in the Final Flames of Day. With The Making of a Memento you can see that I failed to control for brightness, but I actually managed to put the ghosts due to the movement of people and stitching of images to good used. Likewise, with stitching vignettes can be a real problem.

I learned how to control them to some extent as well as the ghosts and variation in luminosity. Later I got a used Cannon specifically on account of vignettes. Even then I am still learning. But his mountain scene is entirely seamless to my eye. No vignettes, ghosts or what have you. And in terms of its subject -- breathtaking.

jules said...

Thanks for all those links to your panoramas.

James' steady hand is responsible for this one, and it does look like it joined up very well, although I think only the print will show its true glory (or otherwise!). The reason it stitched well is partly that the view is not actually that wide angle, around 90 degrees perhaps, maybe a bit more. Although his LX3 is a compact camera, it has a manual mode so the exposure can be fixed for the whole panorama.