Dec. 30th, 2006 01:26 pm
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Well, it seems that Linda has posted twice in two days, and seeing as I'd been telling myself I'd do a photo-related posted anyway, here I am.

Some of you may have noticed my enthusiasm for taking photos. Since getting the camera three years ago, I've taken something like 35000 pictures and videos. Of course, being a digital camera, I take more than I need and throw half of them away. Still, what remains is on the order of 50GiB...

My favourite kind of photograph, and one which consumes the largest amount of my photo processing time, are panoramas. As I don't have an uber-wide angle lens I have to take several shots, and stitch them together in software. By 'several', I mean anything from two:

up to 38:

The long-haired barefoot open-source peace-lovin' hippy in me is proud to note that I use only free software in creating these panoramas (well, excluding the software in the camera, of course). I use gPhoto2 to suck the photos out of the camera (and follow up with a shell script to rename and file them away).

For each panorama I use Hugin to perform the necessary alignment and remapping so that enblend can do the actual combining of images. If I'm feeling lazy, or there are a large number of frames in the panorama, I'll use autopano-sift to automatically generate the required control points ("this point on this frame is this point on that frame").

The generated image at this point will require cropping to taste, and sometimes some tonal curve adjustment and removal of dead pixels. I use the GIMP for this.

Now for some samples of photos I've uploaded in the last month or so.

In September I randomly rode (as you do) the Yellow CAT, and stopped off to wander around the rather picturesque Haig Park in Claisebrook.

Views of the Trafalgar Road pedestrian bridge from opposite sides of Claise Brook:

Last month, Linda and I checked out the Hyatt (formerly known as the Merlin) as a possible Swancon 2008 venue. While it did turn out to be too expensive (but by not as large a margin as you'd expect), it is quite a suitable venue. Now, if WASFF were to win a multi-million dollar lottery draw... :P

Sunsets are a popular subject. Even without the wild variations provided by clouds, I like the colour gradient from blue sky to orange horizon. I think people often forget to look up instead of down (you can take that literally or figuratively).

Hmm, there are quite a lot of them. All the photos (except for the UCC clubroom shot which I uploaded to Wikipedia) link through to the corresponding item in my gallery, for the benefit of the curious and/or terminally bored. :P

*wonders how much of a hit his ADSL link is gonna get from this post*

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Date: 2006-12-30 11:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow! Michael-postage... I am awed.

My favourite sunset is the very top one.

Well done you :) I will admit (as much as it pains me) that these are worth missing you in isketch and literarti.

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Date: 2006-12-30 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They're gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing them :)

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Date: 2006-12-31 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Pretty!! Except for that stupid one of me that you put in there :P

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Date: 2007-03-20 09:10 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
loving the sunset image: "January 2006: colours over Reid Highway", though the lines in the Hyatt Foyer are well used in the composition.

How much will you charge me for a signed print of the Reid Highway shot?

- Draganin


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