The panorama that shouldn't exist!

Two photos. Two angles of view. Photoshop's photomerge made a decent stab at combining the frames, but the right one needed some significant transformation to straignten the verticals. A bit of masking and a touch of cloning, and voila! It's a panorama!

This, as many of the photos I fool around with, was taken with a crummy little camera with a plastic lens. It looks OK at screen resolution, but it wouldn't stand up to a loupe! But, hey! This is the web!

#Travel #castle #England #panorama #panoramaphotography


Get Out Yer Red/Cyan 3D Glasses!

Anaglyphs from hand held shots in Photoshop.

I mentioned the other day that I might look up some of my old anaglyphs from 2004, and here they are . . . sort of. Actually these are new productions from the original left and right frames. Back then I used the Anaglyph Maker application,and it works just fine, but I thought I'd give it a shot using Photoshop this time around, and guess what? It works just fine!

The original photos were taken with a cheap little 5 megapixel thing with a plastic lens that wouldn't resolve that much resolution. But it does prove a point that anyone can make anaglyphs with whatever camera they have.

Now, why don't you dig up some red/cyan glasses and make some of your own?

#3D #anaglyph #anaglyph3d


In Album Anaglyphs

The Folks In 3D

What? You don't keep red/cyan glasses on your desk?
. . . and not really a submission for_ +Project52-2012

+Takahiro Yamamoto posted a really neat cross-eye stereo photo of a classic Thunderbird 'Matchbox' style car.
I mentioned that I had fooled around with anaglyphs. Here is a quick and dirty one.

I moved my tripod a couple of inches to the right for a second shot, trying not to change the angle. A slider bracket is nice, but I don't have one. Some photographers do hand held shots using what they call the 'cha-cha' method. You just take a short step (no more than 3 or 4 inches) to the right. It's based on our natural stereo vision, and the average person's eyes are 2 1/2 to 3 inches apart. Much more than that, and it gets difficult for the eyes and brain to reconcile the differences into a viewable scene.

If I was doing this as a serious project, I'd want to get my camera elevated a bit so as to create more stereo effect. This 'straight on' view is OK but doesn't provide much material for the stereo vision.

For those interested, there are several tutorials out on the 'net, and for the faint of heart, there's a nifty little free application called Anaglyph Maker that you can put your left and right frames into.

Now go out and get some red/cyan glasses!


Love Endures

Marriage sometimes doesn't.

This is Mom and Dad. Dad passed away five and a half years ago. Mom lives in Texas with my older sister. These photos would be from 1947, just before they were married. They were divorced twice as long as they were married, but there was always an underlying love that alternately caused joy and pain to both of them. At the end of my dad's life, Mom said that she didn't know how she was going to live without him, even though they lived apart. Love.

+Project52-2012 +GPLUS::P52::2012 originated by +Giuseppe Basile and moderated by +Kate Church +Gretchen Chappelle +Shelly Gunderson +Gary Munroe +Gene Bowker +Sue Butler and +LaDonna Pride.



What I Saw When I Woke Up

A photographer with pneumonia will still go out onto the balcony to capture this!

Reworking the archives again.
February 2, 2008. We arrived at the Hotel Arlberg in St. Anton around 1 a.m. after a bus ride from the Munich airport- and that was after a 14 hour flight from San Francisco. I was exhausted and ill, but I was in Austria! This is what greeted me out of my hotel window, so it was no time at all before I stepped out onto the balcony to take a few shots. No regrets about not calling the doctor before leaving on this trip!

The shadows were extremely noisy and didn't clean up well at all. It looks OK at web resolution, but I don't think I'll be passing around any large prints!

#Austria #StAnton #Travel


A Four-fer

Not one, not two, but four photos on this week's theme!

I took a long architectural photowalk around my neighborhood and came up with four submissions for the 'architecture' theme. It's amazing that among all of the 'ticky-tacky boxes' of strip malls and tract housing there are also some outstanding examples of interesting design. All of these are within a half mile of my apartment. They are in order:
. . . 1. The Avalon Apartments (seen previously in my Week 1 submission);
. . . 2. A structure that serves as a bandshell and stage area in a nearby park;
. . . 3. The Center for Performing Arts and the local high school.
. . . 4. The Neo Building (I took out a light pole with Photoshop's Content Aware fill);

+Project52-2012 +GPLUS::P52::2012 – created by +Giuseppe Basile
Moderated by +Kate Church +Gretchen Chappelle +Shelly Gunderson +Gary Munroe +Gene Bowker +Sue Butler and +LaDonna Pride
#Project52 #2012Project52


In Album 2012Project52

New And Improved

Four and a half years later, here's the photo.

In February 2008 I spent a week in St. Anton, Austria with a group of skiers. I don't ski, but I was invited by my friend who had booked space for an employee who couldn't go. What would you do with such an offer?

I was sick when we flew out of San Francisco- probably pneumonia, or close to it. But I didn't care if I had to sit wrapped in a blanket all week looking out of the hotel window, I was going to spend a week in the Alps during ski season, d*** it! Actually, I improved steadily as the week progressed and had a great time and some excellent meals.

I have always been reluctant to publish some of the photos from the "snow" portion of the trip (which included a one day side trip to Innsbruck and two days in Prague), since I could never get a good balance between detail and exposure. But in the intervening four years new tools have arrived on the scene that finally allowed me to produce the results here.

Tools used: Photoshop CS6, Adobe Camera Raw 7.1, Topaz Adjust 5 and Topaz Detail 2.

#Austria #Travel #StAnton #Snow #Skiing #TopazAdjust


Inside St. Vitus Cathedral

An experiment in handheld 'vertorama' photography in low light.

While I love the basic concept behind the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 camera, the sensor is just not up to the task for any kind of low light photography. Top ISO is 400, and it's very noisy. It has what is essentially a tiny point-and-shoot sensor in an SLR-'like' body with a really nice Leica12x zoom lens (36mm to 436mm equivalent). In good light it's a pretty decent camera.

Nevertheless, here is what Photoshop's Photomerge was able to do with I forget how many shots.

#UrbanSnap +Urban Snap Stained Glass theme curated by +Sam Breach and +Kristine Ward.