Friday, 22 February 2013

A walk near Vilaflor to the edge of Las Cañadas Caldera

What makes a good walk? Pleasant company, a moderate challenge, good weather, beautiful scenery, getting away from the crowds, photographic opportunities? For me, the walk from the TF-21 near Vilaflor to the rim of Las Cañadas Caldera had all of those characteristics. If you want to explore some of this beautiful landscape, then take a look at this link to Google Maps. Each place marker is a link to a photograph, mostly interactive 360 degree panoramas on, but also a GigaPan. Alternatively, take a look at my panoramas and mini planets on Google+ or on Flickr.

If you happen to be in Tenerife and looking for a pleasant walk with stunning views, I can heartily recommend this one. Take plenty of water, some decent shoes and sunscreen, take it slowly and enjoy the views. This has to rate amongst the best short walks that I have enjoyed.

For more information about the geology of Tenerife, I am slowly building a web site with brief details of the locations we visit on a sixth form trip each year. The page for this walk is:

Friday, 28 December 2012

Panoramas in Google+

A week in Tenerife provided lots of fantastic opportunities to take panoramic photos, including this one from Mount Teide. Since getting back, I have processed one or two a day and have been posting them on Flickr, as usual, but also on Google+, where this #photosphere works as both a flat panorama and as an interactive view. How cool is that? Sadly, I don't have an Android phone or tablet, but I can feel the need growing!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

52 photos of St Day

As the autumn leaves are finally stripped from all of the trees and the weather turns cold, I have been looking back over a year's photographs, but also at gaps in my 2012 portfolio. I have learned a lot about HDR photography and panoramas. But what should I be aiming to photograph in 2013? I would like more pictures of my family, better pictures of Cornish scenery and also a project to document something of value. That is why I hope to publish 52 photographs of St Day over the next 12 months. St Day is the Cornish mining village in which I grew up and in which I am now raising my family. It was my intention to start the project in January, but given the opportunities for photography in the run-up to Christmas, I have started now, with the St Day Christmas Tree Festival, which is running on 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th December. I wonder what I can photograph for next week? Click on the thumbnail to see the full-sized image in my Flickr photo stream.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Helford Passage Panoramas

Helford Passage Panoramas
Helford Passage is a quiet village on the edge of the Helford River in Cornwall. I captured this picture on 14th October 2012, but it has taken me six weeks (and some heavy rain) to get around to processing all of the images. Click on the picture above to follow the link to my gallery showing three panoramas from this beautiful location. Alternatively click here for an interactive view in, captured next to the boathouse at the eastern end of the beach.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Les Tonnerres de Brest 2012

Les Tonnerres de Brest 2012

On Saturday we visited Les Tonnerres de Brest with the Morlaix-Truro twinning association. The highlight of the day was a trip around the bay to photograph the ships, including the tall ship Thalassa, which you can also see in my Flickr photo stream. Tonemapping is not to everyone's taste, but I have tonemapped these in Luminance to produce a more painting-like, less contrasty effect, with detail in the sky, sea and boat hulls.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Interactive panorama in Brittany

James photo-bombing my panoramas

After several attempts to make equirectangular panoramas, I have finally succeeded, by buying a fisheye lens, borrowing a computer with 4GB of ram and using two assistants. The problem is, James decided to photo-bomb the picture, appearing eight times in this panorama. The photo is best viewed in the interactive viewer here. Look down at the road for James's eighth appearance. Alternatively, click on the image to view a larger version in Flickr. 

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Interactive panorama viewer

Viewing my panorama interactively

Today I stumbled across someone else's panorama on Flickr, which opened in a viewer on, so I uploaded my Exeter College GigaPan panorama to Flickr and pointed it at the viewer. Click on the image or on this link to view the photo interactively. Sadly, it shows where I fudged the grass and got my levels wrong, but viewing the image this way is so cool. Sorry if this is old hat for you, but I am enjoying being on a learning curve this evening.