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General Category => Hackensack Discussion => Topic started by: BLeafe on March 29, 2011, 12:36:07 AM

Title: Anderson Park 360 photo
Post by: BLeafe on March 29, 2011, 12:36:07 AM
I stood on the center of the park fountain - something I probably won't be able to do in the summer - and, using a monopod to try to maintain my framing, took 12 pictures in a circular fashion. Just think of looking down on an analog clock jumping ahead 5 minutes for each picture angle until the hour is complete.

I've done a few of these merged photos previously and the stitching on many of them was a disaster. I actually did 4 varieties of this shot today and 2 were so far off that they couldn't be merged. A third was barely passable, but the one below came out fairly well............unless you're a big fan of the Holy Trinity Church steeple.

The final merged photo is almost 10 times larger than what you see below, so be sure to CLICK ON IT to see it full-size.

Title: Re: Anderson Park 360 photo
Post by: Editor on March 29, 2011, 09:06:30 AM
Outstanding. What's interesting about 360 images is that they change from one side to the other.  Sometimes you'll see the same people in multiple locations since they moved as the shots were taken.  In this picture, you'll notice a grey SUV at Anderson and Pangborn on the left side, but it's not on the right.
Title: Re: Anderson Park 360 photo
Post by: BLeafe on March 29, 2011, 01:49:00 PM
The thing I noticed about those 2 frames are the different exposures. The camera was set on auto, but the end frame (far right) contained a lot more of the bright white of the fountain, so the shutter was open for only 1/1000 of a second instead of the 1/800 that the first one was open for. Aperture and ISO were constant.

Of course, I should have corrected that last frame to look like the first. If someone buys it, I'll make the adjustment.

The only variation I did in this series was take two shots of a certain frame.

When I got to the fountain, there was a little girl playing there who asked me a lot of questions about what I was doing, what I was taking pictures of, etc.

When I got to a certain point in the circular shoot, she was standing there looking at the camera, making no effort to get out of the frame. I asked her if she wanted to be in the picture and she said yes, so I took a frame with her and then the same frame without her.

The frame without her was taken at 1/1000 of a second and with her, 1/400, so it's a lot brighter (see below). I haven't adjusted it yet.

When I went home and got the pictures into the computer and made the merged photo, it looked good, and I thought I really should try to get a copy to the child, but I have no idea who she is. I went back to the park, but she was gone.

If anyone recognizes her, I'd like to email it to her parents. If not, maybe she'll be there some other time.

As usual, CLICK ON IT to enlarge.

Title: Re: Anderson Park 360 photo
Post by: semafore on March 30, 2011, 07:33:23 AM
Great image! Now that you have adopted 21st Century digital photographic methods, you should consider making stereo (3D) photos using your new Canon camera. These are absurdly easy to take (identical photos taken by shifting the camera the distance between your eyes by taking the first image on your left foot and the second on your right foot, the cha cha method, or a tripod using the slide bar method) and viewing the images either as prints (2X3, 4X6, 5X7, 8X10) or as stacked images on a flat screen computer using View Magic viewers.  (http://www.berezin.com/3d/ViewMagic.htm). Smaller prints can be viewed using antique stereopticons found in many antique shops. If you can get people to sit still for the few seconds it takes to take two photos (adults are worst than children) you can really get some fun images of people. Formally boring photos (like decorated Christmas Trees) come to life when you can see every individual decoration jump out at you. Professional photographers I know often take stereo photos of scenes that they publish as single images. You can even take 3D panoramic images. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Anderson Park 360 photo
Post by: hankmc on March 31, 2011, 09:40:08 AM
That is an interesting photo of the park. I have never tried a merge but I will try it with a series of analog photos I have scanned into the computer that I took when the Monksville dam was being built. I took some of them from the top of the dam viewing the landscape from South to North capturing a good look at the soon to be submerged Wanaque River and a few main roads including houses that were going to be moved.

Did you use the standard or widescreen format in your panorama?
Title: Re: Anderson Park 360 photo
Post by: BLeafe on March 31, 2011, 02:42:23 PM
semafore: thanks - sounds interesting.

hank: I used standard. I haven't tried the widescreen option yet - I can't even find it (where is it?) - but it sounds like something that might eliminate some of the problems I've been having with this type of photo.

Are you sure it's on the 130?
Title: Re: Anderson Park 360 photo
Post by: hankmc on March 31, 2011, 04:28:03 PM
I assume the 130 has it since it's a later version camera. I access the format selection by pushing the center select button which brings up the format screen, step to W which gives you a 3648X2048 photo.

If you have not had the chance to download the manual it is well worth the time and effort since it is full of explanations and hints on all the tricks these cameras are capable of doing.

Title: Re: Anderson Park 360 photo
Post by: BLeafe on March 31, 2011, 05:16:52 PM
Got it! The 130's 12.1 MP puts widescreen up to 4000 x 2248. I'll have to try that. The shortened height may limit the stitching possibilities, but if it eliminates the end curvatures that I get in standard mode, it might be a better choice.

I have the manual, but "Widescreen" - surprisingly - is not in the index. Since it's about 180 pages long, I went through about 50 pages where I thought it should be - nada.

Thanks for the info.

Title: Re: Anderson Park 360 photo
Post by: hankmc on March 31, 2011, 05:41:24 PM
It is under the Function Menu in my downloaded copy of the manual. The days of having the instructions in your pocket or camera bag are history. I downloaded it to my lap top so I can study whenever and wherever I get the urge to learn new tricks in a hobby I felt smarter in during the analog age.