Thanks for reading this far – it means a lot to me that this site exists and that people bother to visit. In any case, just wanted you to know that posting will be light for the next 10 days (read: largely nonexistant) as I’ll be in Thailand. If nothing else, I hope to bring back some good shots, so assuming my camera isn’t stolen, you can see those in a couple weeks. Scroll down. Visit Panorama-orama. Read about some technique. I’ll be right back.
Here is the last panorama for a while. I went out to take these for fun but next time I do it, I might actually attempt something of more artistic merit rather than a technical demonstration. This is the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. I’ve always loved the crazy Art Deco flourishes which seem fairly out of place for an Asian Art Museum. If the city is listening, it would be very much in character to repurpose it as some sort of Batman/Gotham City Museum. Paul Allen maybe? Anyway, great building. This shot is composed of only 3 or 4 source images, so the distortion is a lot lower. I’ve been experimenting with removing the distortion from the edges (stretchy Subaru, anyone?) but the tradeoff is distortion in the middle. It’s just like the projection on a map – if you want everything to be the right size, you get a globe (or in this case, some really rounded lines in the middle). If you want the lines straight in the middle, you get some stretching at the edges. Since the focal point here is in the middle, I kept the lines straight. What do you think?
With the best intentions, sometimes things can go wrong. You wanna hear about them? You know how to leave if you don’t. In any case, this is a larger panorama strung together from about 7 images. The camera was angled down a little bit which introduced some extra curve, which the stitching program wanted to take out. See those warpy cars? That kind of thing happens. I had to spend some time punching up the blue in the sky since the sun was almost directly opposite the camera – never a great time to shoot, but hey – life gets in the way. At the end of the day I still like this shot. Being able to see so much detail is what this is all about. With an original over 17,000 pixels wide, there is a lot to see.
You can’t buy fireworks in Seattle. On the reservations, yes, but not in Seattle. When I was in Denver, it turned out they sell fireworks, but if you want the *good* ones, you need an out of state license, registration, and destination. I’m in love with the “someone else’s problem” aspect – they don’t care if they’re legal where you’re going, as long as it isn’t Colorado. Anyway, I was registration-less, so crummy fireworks it was. The little ones are actually great for taking pictures of. They stay mostly in the same place so you know where to point your camera, and you can get really close, so the picture is different from the big sky shots you often see of professional fireworks. Although the scene will be dark, fireworks are bright enough that you don’t need too much equipment, or even a very long exposure. I got these at 1/5 sec handheld. The camera shake works out ok since the fireworks are moving too. Take a lot of pictures – you never know what you’ll get!
DateTimeOriginal: 2007:12:01 19:45:20
ExposureTime: 1/5 sec
Flash: No Flash
FocalLength: 40 mm
Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Here’s another hood ornament shot from a previous year’s car show. Remember when car company names used to mean something? Guess the make that goes with this one.