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.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Exeter College panosphere

Stereographic projection

I have been playing with Hugin and creating panospheres or photographic worlds for a month or so now and am slowly accumulating equipment and expertise. Unfortunately, I didn't have a tripod or a wide-angle lens for this picture, so a lot of fudging has been used to create this image - my first image using a stereographic projection. Overall, I am happy to have reached this milestone, but I can see that there is a lot to learn. Click on the image to see a larger version in flickr. An early version of the original 360 degree panorama is in GigaPan. It is 150 megapixels and if you enlarge the image to full screen, you can pan and zoom within the GigaPan interface to see a lot of detail in the buildings.

Exeter College open day

Oxford University Open Days

Last week, I had the privilege of accompanying a minibus load of sixth form students to Oxford University for an open day. Whilst everyone else was accommodated in the front quad at Exeter College, I stayed in the back quad near the room I occupied as a first year undergraduate. This is the view from the bedroom window. The other side of the room looks out over Broad Street. If you want to see the panorama from the Broad Street window, click here. I have happy memories of Exeter College, it made a deep impact on me as a student, but I was so taken up with studying and rowing, that I am not sure I really appreciated the college environment or the privilege of being educated at such a great institution. Perhaps that it why I had such an enjoyable trip last week, looking back at myself 23 years ago from what may be the midpoint of my working life. I wonder what the next 23 years has in store and how I will look back to today when I am 65!