February 17, 2007

Panopalooza: From Barcelona to the Moon

It’s rough–rough!–when a humble photog like me finds himself pursued from city to city by someone much more capable behind the lens.  But that’s the situation in which I found myself last week, when Dzone Magazine editor Hans Frederiks* (brother of Adobe’s own Ton Frederiks) joined us in Amsterdam, then in Barcelona.  I found time to squeeze in a few panoramic shots, but every time I’d turn around, Hans was shooting & had already uploaded images to his blog.  It’s all good, though, and I wanted to pass along a few of his images (stitched together with Photoshop CS3):

Since folks seemed to enjoy my Paris panorama, here are a few more from the journey**:

Figuring that if you’ve read this far, you must like panoramic flavor, so I’ll pass along a few more:

*I also can’t offer up phrases like "Eindelijk sneeuw! De lichtmeester ‘at it again’!"  But I can enjoy the sound. ;-)

**Note: We’re still fine tuning the Zoomify implementation in Photoshop.  The output here is generally nicer than what you can produce with the CS3 public beta, but we still have some work to do (e.g. the panos are a bit soft when they first load).  Also, I’m trying not to Zoomify things just for the sake of doing so, and instead I want to use the feature only when it adds value (and when it doesn’t let you see just how noisy some of my captures are!).

Oh, and one more thing: This is post #500 on the ol’ blog-blog-revolution.  I hope you enjoy the reading as much as I enjoy the writing.

Posted by John Nack at 11:24 AM on February 17, 2007

Comments

  • Andrei Zdetovetchi — 2:44 AM on February 18, 2007

    Hi John,
    Thank you for this blog, I keep a close eye on the RSS feed, because I learned quite a lot from your posts and the resources I found in them! Happy 500th post and keep on going! :)
    I was excited by this post, since panoramic imaging is what I do, and I try go get better. Love the panoramas you shown us!
    Good luck! ;)
    [Thanks, Andrei! That made my morning. :-) I look forward to checking out your panos as well. –J.]

  • Alexandre Jenny — 8:02 AM on February 19, 2007

    Hi John,
    I’m the developer behind the software used by Scott Howard and we were here really enjoying the new CS3 beta, especially the zoomify export.
    We have some tests case internally that goes far beyond the 1 gigapixel barrier and we are checking many part of this zoomify export with multi gigapixels psb files.
    [Good stuff, Alexandre. Please let us know about any problems you uncover. –J.]

  • Brian Riesinger — 8:06 PM on February 28, 2007

    Great blog. Thanks so much for all the interesting info and fascinating links.
    [Cool–glad you like it! –J.]

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