Panoramas

& Digital Photography.


updated 2005-05-08
 

Several months back (a year?) I got interested in digital photography.  In the end I ended up buying a Mavica CD-350 camera mainly because I was fascinated with the CD-ROM capability of it.  I can buy $0.25 8cm CD-R's and pop them in the camera as digital film.  The downsides are size, poor flash quality, and my Mac can't read the CD's.  The upside is we can always shoot at full 3.2 MP resolution.  I'm still playing with the camera's capabilities.

Anyway one thing I have been anticipating is the ability to "stitch" photo's together to make panoramic images at a fraction of the equipment costs of very high res camera's.  There are a number of examples on the Web:

http://hugin.sourceforge.net/tutorials/two-photos/en.shtml is a nice example on how to do it.

http://polihale.com/display/60261 for some nice pictures.

Here are examples I puttered with.  These are harder than I imagined to make work.  The original compositions matter a lot, especially exposure.  With my Mavica CD350 I am not sure I have enough control over the exposure to get a good result yet but I think I am improving.

Now if you click on the "thumbnail images below you will be taken to nearly the full size image"

AmherstCottage3
AmherstCottage3
A cottage that we considered retiring to on Amherst Island. 
Plum1
Plum1
Odawara in the Izu Peninsula not far from our home in Numazu. It is Late in the season for plums blossoms.  This is a shot from a rather steep hill.  To the left you can see the vendors set up to sell all kinds of Japanese culinary delights to the right you can see the falls and the highly developed river bed.  By times this river must see a lot of water!  The exposures here are consistent but the joined artifacts I think are due to the sun striking the lens of the camera depending on the direction the lense is pointed.  I believe that is the cause of the relative haze between the center shot (pointed down slightly) ant the far right or left (pointed up to the sun slightly).
Happo1Valley4 copy
Happo1Valley
Skiing in the Nagano area.  This is a shot from near the top of the Happo1 resort.  At the base is the town of Hakkuba.  The vertical lift capacity is 1017M!  Best skiing we have had to date, my knee's hurt just thinking about it.   Here you can see exposure differences and the artifacts that show up as lines.

NattyNightView
NattyNightView
I am still trying to capture the view from our Japan Apartment.  This is a night view of some of that view.  I'm improving on conveying what this looks like but still a ways to go. This picture was taken with the Mavica in TIFF mode.  I'm not certain this improved things much but it's difficult to tell.

AmherstStoneHomeShedPan
AmherstStoneHomeShedPan:
I have a thing for Stone I guess.  This is another stone home on Amherst Island with a pretty shed right beside it.  A general map of  the area is here.  These are older photo's and show the exposure differences caused (I think) by the camera automatically changing exposure.
PanVillage_Full
PanVillage_Full
A village about 2 hours up the road from our home in Japan near Heda Village on this map.