March 21, 2013
“A Room With Many Views”
Russell Brown is the master of creatively misusing (or at least bending) Photoshop features. Here he manually aligns a series of photos, then blends them to create an elongated structure not found in nature.
July 13, 2011
360-degree cockpits, new & old
- 360vr features a 360-degree pano of the Space Shuttle Discovery’s flight deck, captured during the orbiter’s decommissioning process. [Via]
- Photographer Patrick McGee has shared a pair of Waco biplane cockpits. [Via]
Tangentially related: Don’t miss Shlomi Yoav’s eye-popping, wide-angle Shuttle launch photo.
April 04, 2011
(rt) Photography: War, science, & enormous panoramas
- The NYT features an amazing jet crash image & other photos from Libya.
- Eric Guth makes some beautiful, otherworldly glacier cave photography. (I feel like the Alien queen might be lurking around a corner.) [Via]
- Bubble boy: Dig these subtly offbeat photos from Alex Kisilevich.
- A “pancake with a nose” makes for a nifty scientific image: Stingray X-ray.
- This 40 gigapixel 360º panorama taken inside the Strahov Philosophical Library, Prague, claims to be the world’s largest indoor photo. [Via Don Z.]
July 14, 2010
Historypin: Old photos overlaid on the modern world
What a totally cool project:
Historypin uses Google Maps and Street View technology and hopes to become the largest user-generated archive of the world’s historical images and stories.
Historypin asks the public to dig out, upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, Historypin lets you layer old images onto modern Street View scenes, giving a series of peeks into the past.
June 28, 2010
Huge multitouch wall at the World’s Fair
The Wall of Chile at the 2010 Shanghai World’s Fair features a 4-by-1.2 meter (13-by-4 foot) display wall that enables visitors to access more than six hours of high-definition video and thousands of photographs.
Here are more info & more projects from the creators.
April 02, 2010
Sneak peek: Puppet Warp in Photoshop
Russell Brown has posted a demonstration of the Puppet Warp technology being developed for Photoshop:
Cool as everyone seems to agree the technology is, I know there’s a tendency to worry that it’s kind of frivolous–maybe useful only occasionally, and then for making some extreme change to an image. Fortunately that’s not the case. Stick with the demo to see Russell show (around the 5-minute mark) how the features can also be used to make subtle adjustments to photos. (Taken together with Content-Aware Fill, automatic lens correction, and the ability to address huge amounts of memory thanks to 64-bit, I think panorama creators will be very happy with what’s cooking.)
April 01, 2010
(rt) Photographic Extremes: Giant panos, putrid water, & more
February 11, 2010
(rt) Photography: Everest 360 & more
- Check out this 360-degree panorama from the summit of Everest. [Via]
- Camera acronym o’ the day: EVIL (for small SLR alternatives). [Via]
- “Worst stock photos of the decade.” Not good, but there’s gotta be worse, right? [Via]
- Beautiful HD time lapses of Vancouver. (via Rob Galbraith)
- Chromoscope provides views of the Milky Way galaxy in x-ray, visible, microwave, & other wavelengths [Via]
January 23, 2010
Haiti earthquake: 360° video
CNN is documenting the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake by offering 360° video clips. As the site says,
Use your mouse to click and drag around the video to change the view. You can also zoom in and out. Pause and explore at any time by pressing the play/pause button under the video to stop and look around.
Note the arrows at upper right that lead to additional videos. I find the second one most interesting in that it was shot via a person’s backpack, enabling a view that’s pedestrian in both senses. That feels to me like an interesting counterpoint to most photojournalism (e.g. the heartbreaking images on The Big Picture) which emphasizes some amount of technical excellence (composition, focus, lighting, etc.). The 360° videos are inherently more raw.
November 10, 2009
Panoramic view from a tongue
Tell me this isn’t one of the weirdest things you’ve seen all week:
Here’s some more info.
October 31, 2009
(rt) Photography: Biggest tree photo ever & more
- Interesting iPhone photography roundup (and images) from Phil Coffman. Includes use of Photoshop.com app
- Thinking of digitizing old photos? Macworld compares scanning services. [Via]
- National Geographic:
- A photo essay in TIME covers history’s Top 10 Doctored Photos (many predating Photoshop).
July 20, 2009
Monday Photography: Cities in Dust
- Slate features a slideshow discussing Detroit’s Beautiful Ruins. “It’s like Berlin or Warsaw in 1945. Just as in post-World War II photos of those ruined cities, the most shocking thing is to see people carrying on their everyday lives in the midst of so much physical destruction.” [Via]
- More such photos appear in Time’s piece on Detroit’s Beautiful, Horrible Decline.
- See also this panoramic photo of a ghost street in Detroit [Via]
- Finally getting away from Motor City, WebUrbanist features a collection of abandoned hotels, hospitals, and churches. [Via]
February 11, 2009
Bryan Hughes shares ideas, tips
My fellow Photoshop PM/Best Man/unindicted co-conspirator* Bryan O’Neil Hughes has posted a guest entry on Scott Kelby’s blog. In it Bryan talks about some of his favorite photographic enhancements in Photoshop CS4, and he shows off some new ideas for using the new Auto-Blend Layers options to combine flash/no-flash images.
*And, any minute now, father. Something is in the water, with Photoshop PM babies a go-go (four due in the next five months, Miles H. being first in the queue). You know we’re doing it just for the cute test files...
September 22, 2008
Monday Photography: Bright lights, big pixels
- From the Big Picture:
- The NYT features a nice interactive panorama from yesterday’s final game at Yankee Stadium.
- [Emit low whistle] Boy, cameras are good these days. The Online Photographer makes that point in a really concise way.
- "Strobist Jet Pack" or "Dignity-B-Gone" machine? You decide.
- A group in Israel is teaching photography to the blind. [Via Adam Pratt]
- In "The Process-Enacted Mutoscope," 987 Polaroids make up a (short) original film.
- Blowed-up pretty: Beautiful toner explosion. [Via]
August 29, 2008
A pair of panos: Obama & Olympics
The NY Times has been making more use of interactive panoramas these days, offering a new take on storytelling & dropping the viewer into context in a way that’s hard to match with still images alone:
- Gabriel Dance and Raymond McCrea Jones captured the electrified atmosphere preceding Barack Obama’s speech last night in Denver.
- A pano taken from the 10-meter platform in Beijing’s Water Cube features narration from American diver Thomas Finchum. (Now you know: the Cube is, technically speaking, "ginormous.") Photo credits go to Bedel Saget, Mike Schmidt, and Gabriel Dance.
July 05, 2008
Weekend Photography: HDR to RFK
- Is Full-Frame the Coming Thing, or is it just a way for uninformed gearheads to show off? Longtime photography observer Mike Johnston posts some interesting thoughts on the subject.
- High dynamic range:
- Our friend Ben Willmore has been traveling the country in his bus, and he’s collected the best of his work at The Best of Ben.
- Reaktor 1 is a cool, interactive, HDR panorama from Jann Lipka.
- Norwegian photog Klaus Nordby captured a beautiful fjord sunrise, then posted the high-res image via Photoshop CS3′s Zoomify export feature.
- On June 8, 1968, Look photographer Paul Fusco rode inside the funeral train that carried Robert Kennedy’s body from New York to Washington to be buried beside his brother at Arlington. On the NY Times site he narrates a slideshow of the work, capturing the Americans who lined the route. The NYT carries remembrances from that time, and more shots (albeit smaller) are here. [Via]
- The Commons, Flickr’s project to host public-domain images, is getting beefed up with the help of The Smithsonian. The institution added 800 photographs from its collection of 13 million images, and 1,200 more will be added in coming months, according to CNET. Images shared on the Commons can be tagged by anyone.
- The Smithsonian posts a small set of turn-of-the-20th-century color autochromes. Kottke has more info & links to more early color photography.
- Moving in Stereo:
- Grab these downloadable PDF plans to create a stylish paper pinhole camera.
- MAKE shows how to turn a video camera into a lensless microscope. [Via]
- Build your own LEGO color scanner. [Via Trevor Morris] This seems far more benign than LEGO fruit snacks. ("I would love to know what sick bastard at Kellogg’s came up with this genius idea…" [Via]
May 24, 2008
New fatherhood -> sleep deprivation (yeah, still) -> abandoning any pretense of categorization. That said, here are a few interesting bits I’ve seen lately:
- The New Yorker reports on the world of high-end retouching in "Pixel Perfect — Pascal Dangin’s virtual reality." (Hey, someone uses the Smudge tool!) [Via Ivan Cavero Belaunde, Clare McLean, Gary Cosimini, Claiborne Brown, and seemingly everyone else I know ;-)]
- The Times Online features "Billion-pixel panoramas — from your own camera" [Via Jeffrey Warnock]
- As I’ve said before, Logo design = Bullet magnetism. Now "OGC unveils new logo to red faces," says the Telegraph. Er, um, yes. (But hey, it’s no worse than the "Lisa Simpson" London Olympics logo.) [Via Lori Grunin]
- "Oh man… two words: Photoshop Filter," says Adobe’s Chris Arkenberg. Behold Man Babies.
March 30, 2008
A great digital imaging project honors the fallen
Photographer Peter Krogh (author of the excellent The DAM Book, the Rapid Fixer extension for Bridge, and more) recently completed an ambitious & enormous digital imaging project: photographing all 58,256 names listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, enabling the creation of an interactive online version of the wall. By stitching together some 1,494 digital images into a 400,000 pixel by 12,500 pixel monster, Peter & colleague Darren Higgins were able to help create a Flash-based presentation that enables you to search for names, read servicemen’s details, and add notes and photos to the wall.
The presentation site features some behind-the-scenes production info, but figuring there was more to the story, I asked Peter for details. He kindly provided them in this article’s extended entry. Read on for more.
January 21, 2008
“Enter The Ghetto Matrix,” Flash Panos, & HDR
- "How to Enter The Ghetto Matrix": Graffiti Research Labs built their own bullet-time camera rig, then used it to make a music video. [Via]
- Flash-based panoramas:
- The NYT features a pair of interactive panoramas shot at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. The audio helps add to the sense of being there, though I’d recommend skipping the built-in animation & instead clicking and dragging to navigate for yourself.
- Rob Corell passed along these 360° video panoramas, created with the help of Papervision 3D. Go Irish.
- More high dynamic range action:
- HDR Japan is chock full of, well, Japanese HDR.
- Masato Ohta has posted a great machinery shot. [Via]
- Macworld reports on Hydra, an inexpensive new application for merging exposures to create HDR data.
November 14, 2007
Feedback, please: Photomerge in Photoshop
The Photoshop team could use your guidance in setting priorities around our panorama-creation tools.
The automatic alignment & blending features introduced in CS3 have been really well received by photographers creating panoramas. Panorama creation in CS2 and earlier relied on use of an interactive dialog (screenshot) that enabled the user to adjust the position and rotation of images before blending them together. The improved algorithms in CS3, however, can usually produce good results without any user interaction, which is why Photomerge now defaults to “Auto” (screenshot) and bypasses the interactive dialog unless you request it.
So, here’s the question: Do we even need the interactive dialog anymore? It’s built on an aging framework, so keeping it around would require some investment. If you create panoramas using Photoshop CS3 and rely on the dialog, please let us know the details (via the comments) of how & why.
PS–General feedback on panorama creation in Photoshop is always welcome, too, though the fate of the dialog is the most urgent issue.
[Update: As of CS4 the plug-in is no longer installed by default, but you can still download and use it if you'd like. --J.]
October 25, 2007
Gigapixel panos through Flash
GigaPan.org is "sort of a Flickr for zoomable panoramas," notes Photoshop engineer (and Photomerge creator) John Peterson. The site makes it possible to upload & browse gigapixel-sized images, then navigate through them via a Flash interface. Here’s a shot of Adobe HQ, taken from nearby Caesar Chavez park* in downtown San José. (Bustling, isn’t it? ;-)) The site is labeled "beta," and the viewer currently leaves much to be desired (quit squirming around, dammit!), but it’s a very cool project nonetheless. [Via]
* I’m sure I walk by it all the time, but until seeing this image I never noticed the deeply gross sign in the park. Click the second of the two snapshots below the Adobe pano to read it. I’ll never think of the fountain in quite the same way.
October 07, 2007
viewAt.org: Flash-based panorama sharing
The folks at viewAt.org have carved out an interesting mission for themselves: letting photographers around the world share their panoramas as interactive Flash creations. Citing the ubiquity of Flash over QuickTime, the site creators have devised a system whereby photogs can upload their panoramas, make them interactive (see instructions), and plot them on the Earth via Google Maps. Site co-creator
Bernard Custard Gascó writes:
This project is totally free for anyone who wishes to upload their
panoramas and has the advantage of offering your uploads in Flash, thanks to a system developed by Denis Chumakov. Besides this, you can promote
your own website integrated on Google Earth.
Needless to say, you have complete control over your own work, and
obviously all rights are yours. By means of a simple code number, you can
insert the panoramas on your web page and authorize those which you allow
others to download.
Click around the map on the main page to view panos from all around the world. Very cool work, guys.
September 08, 2007
13 gigapixels or bust; sketchy photogs; more
- In Spectacle, photographers David Rockwell & Bruce Mau "celebrate the phenomenon and history of communal, awe-inspiring public performance worldwide–from the stadium to the streets, from religious festivals to political marches." Dig the really well-chosen type treatments as well. [Via]
- For a different kind of spectacle, see Harlem in 13 Gigapixels. Photographer Gerard Maynard & software developer Alexandre Jenny have teamed up to create a massive image of the famous New York neighborhood. With results spanning 279,689 x 46,901 pixels, the project’s raw numbers
are pretty eye-popping:
- 2,045 individual photos from a Nikon D2X
- 21.49 GB of compressed raw data
- 1 day for image placement and color correction
- 46 hours of rendering on an 8-core Xeon system with 8GB of RAM
- Results: A single 48.8 GB image stored in the Photoshop Large Document format (.PSB), converted via Zoomify & displayed through the Flash Player.
[Via Maria Brenny] (If this is up your alley, see previous.)
- Ah, the 1950′s, when you had to be the lookout for "corn-fed belles" hanging out of trees along the road, ready to disrobe in your U-Haul trailer. At least that’s the world conjured up by the (more than a little creepy) Glamour Photography magazine–one "designed to give the camera man a better understanding of the technical and philosophical aspects of photographing pretty girls." Philosophy–yes, that’s it. [Via]
- Elsewhere in history, here are 50 years of a woman’s life, as told by photos bought at a garage sale. Note to self: Keep trying not to get old.
- Clayton James Cubitt shares portraits of Hurricane Katrina survivors. (I’m a big fan of Flash galleries in general, but in this case I think the jerky transitions distract from the subject matter.) [Via]
June 02, 2007
A momentary lapse in time
- Photoshop CS3 Extended includes the ability to turn a sequence of images into a video. For more info, check out Russell Brown’s timelapse tutorial.
- For tips on capturing your own sequences, check out CreativePro.com’s feature on do-it-yourself time-lapse photography.
- Their Circular Life presents an interesting method for navigating time lapses via Flash. [Via Jon Williams]
- Noah Kalina’s Everyday project records his own image each day; he’s assembled 6 years’ worth into a time-lapse video. Jonathan Keller is up to something similar–a real study in facial hair. [Via]
May 13, 2007
Sunday in black & white
It’s been far too long since I’ve gotten to share some photographic finds. So, without further ado, here’s great stuff in black & white:
- The Apollo Prophecies sounds fascinating: "This installation features a continuous ten inch by thirty-six foot long black and white panoramic photograph depicting astronauts from the 1960’s traveling to the moon and back. While on the lunar surface they discover a lost Edwardian expedition that may or may not be real. It was shot and assembled on sets or on location with miniature models and live actors." Here’s a video about its creation, followed by larger detail images. The long-snouted astronauts have a Hieronymus Bosch quality.
- Through photog Tim Mantoani (who’s doing a really interesting project I’ll mention soon), I learned of rock n’ sports vet Michael Zagaris. Sports Shooter is hosting a gallery of his work (love the Bill Walsh/Joe Montana shot), and more is available to see and purchase on Michael’s site.
- Jonathan Greenwald sets his portfolios to music. Dig the "Ordinary Life" set, well paired with Coldplay.
- Herman Krieger’s Mall-aise captures suburban anomie with visual & verbal puns. [Via] On a somewhat related note, Stephen Crowley captures isolation at a rural motel.
- SUNY Buffalo hosts a rather haunting gallery of early 20th century images from the Arkansas State Prison. [Via]
- On Flickr folks are re-creating vintage photos of London. See also the site’s Then & Now photo pool. [Via]
- Apparently, in child portraiture, it was once common for mothers to disguise themselves as chairs. [Via]
March 06, 2007
Hurricanes, Turkish panos, & more
- The New Yorker talks to photographer Clifford Ross, creator of the ultra-high-res R1 film camera (see it on his site), as well as the R2, a 360-degree video camera (images) that captures 9 gigs of data each minute. The R2, they write, is "like a super-high-tech Advent calendar," revealing "thousands of little inadvertent dramas." I’ve found Clifford’s site engrossing, offering a high-res sample image, as well as his terrific Hurricane series (apparently a very wet shooting endeavor). [Via]
- As Turkish photog & filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan traveled the country to scout locations, he created a series of striking panoramas called Turkey Cinemascope. His muted palettes & lighting are out of sight. The Online Photographer offers a brief profile.
- Macduff Everton travels the world making beautiful images, many of them panoramic. I found his site a touch difficult to navigate (and the images sadly tiny), but the gallery is lovely nonetheless. [Via Dave Sailer]
February 27, 2007
The 66" negative
AutoWeek has the interesting story of how photographer Rick Graves uses a modified, motorized camera back which feeds a continuous roll of film past the shutter while it’s open, creating a very wide negative (like this one; scroll it to the right):
"Each image Graves makes is from one exposure on an entire roll of film, not a composite of several different images.
"’A number of people have tried to build this type of camera,’ Graves said, likening it to the finish-line cameras used at horse races. ‘But the difference with my camera is that I have 66 inches of movement [of the film] in one second. The film is moving relative to the moving subject. I developed this camera as a better way to capture motion.’
"The secret to the system is not the camera itself—a standard 500 Series Hasselblad—but in the film back, which contains a small motor and various electronics adapted from the robotics industry. This setup gives Graves control of how fast the film moves when he opens the shutter. If he gets it right, the film is moving at the same speed as the cars, allowing for a photo with dozens of speeding cars, all razor sharp."
NASCAR sells prints that are 4 inches tall by 8 feet long. Check out many more examples (not all automotive) in the DistaVision portfolio. One slight bummer is that because of the ubiquity of Photoshop-edited composites in the world, a lot of viewers may think these works are simply digital collages. [Via Joe Ault]
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):
- Barcelona at sunrise from the Adobe office. By the time I arrived, the light had changed, so I settled for shooting the interior.
- Barcelona shot from a similar vantage point later in the day.
- The Amsterdam harbor just outside the building where we held a press briefing. (Here’s my take, as well as the interior.)
Since folks seemed to enjoy my Paris panorama, here are a few more from the journey**:
- Barcelona skyline from Montjuïc. I shot the harbor, including the cable car that took us to Montjuïc, from a similar vantage point.
- Barcelona skyline from Parc Güell. (Bummer that it was so hazy.) The Adobe office is in the beachfront high-rise that appears just to the right of the Sagrada Familia cathedral. How people concentrate while working there, I have no idea…
- This version shows a couple of the famous Gaudí-designed ceramic works in the park, and this shot points the other direction, back into the park. (Check out the little lizard king below the columns.)
- Interior of the city train station.
- Interior of one of the columns of the Sagrada Familia (also in Zoomify flavor, though there’s more noise than detail to explore).
- Sagrada facade–not a pano per se, but a shot that was required stiching these four images.
- Back to Amsterdam: a pair of images of the city’s famous canals.
- The history museum at Tarragona–just down the coast from Barcelona, and home of the Romans’ HQ in Iberia.
- Tarragona at sunset.
Figuring that if you’ve read this far, you must like panoramic flavor, so I’ll pass along a few more:
- Hans Nyberg has scanned & stitched photographs taken on the surface of the moon, assembling them into this excellent QuickTime VR panorama (complete with sound!). More details on the project are here. [Via]
- Photographer Alexandre Duret-Lutz has turned his panos into a series of super cool Mini-planets. [Via]
- Jim Heid from Macworld passed along this lovely panorama he took from the top of L’Arc d’Triomphe.
- Photographer Scott Howard creates giant images, and through Zoomify you can see that they remain tack-sharp all the way in. He writes, "For some examples of gigapano’s done with a standard (manual!) tripod, but with a nice Canon 100-400L lens have a look at these:
*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.
February 07, 2007
Paris from the top
I’m having a ball shooting panoramic images in Europe, so I thought I’d share one sample (more to come). I created this 27MP Parisian pano by taking a series of shots from atop the Tour Montparnasse, home to the local Adobe office. I stitched the images together by loading them via the files-to-layers script, then choosing Edit->Auto-Align Layers, followed by Edit->Auto Blend Layers, and finally Export->Zoomify.
Adobe must have a thing for towers, and I write this from the Barcelona office, which tops a 20-story building overlooking the beach. The city is as beautiful as I’d been told, so I look forward to shooting more tourist bits–er, valuable test files–in a bit.
[Update: Fixed link.]
December 10, 2006
3.8 Gigapixels of Half Dome; Great Flash panoramas
The folks at FlashPanoramas.com sell a utility for displaying spherical panoramas via the Flash Player. They’ve now updated their technology to take advantage of the new full-screen mode enabled in the latest rev of Player 9. Check out some very cool examples, or get the tool for €39.95 from their site. [Via]
Elsewhere, Greg Downing & co. at xRez.com are working on Extreme Resolution panoramic image creation. Check out this 3.8 gigapixel* spherical panorama of Half Dome, displayed via the Google Maps API.
Although the subject is nearly a mile from the camera position, you can zoom in and see a climber on the face of Half Dome, as well as someone standing on the visor & and hikers along the Merced river in the valley below.
Wicked! "By the way," Greg writes, "Photoshop large document format [PSB] was a lifesaver on this project!"
The xRez site shows off more examples and goes into plenty of technical geekery for those so inclined. Greg’s own site offers other interesting bits on HDR panoramas, and this QuickTime slideshow nicely demonstrates how various elements of a scene can be displayed at different exposures. (Aside: Is that thing a naval mine or an interrogation droid or…?) A test render of 3D objects lit with an HDR lighting map shows the power of sampling this data from a scene, then feeding it into a 3D rendering package.
*According to Wikipedia, a single gigapixel contains 250 times the data captured by a 4MP sensor. (Of course, at any given moment Wikipedia might claim that I personally have invented over 350 uses for the peanut–but I think it can be trusted in this case.)
November 11, 2006
Panoramas: Cubism, Holgas, and DIY planets
- "Holga Cubism": Susan Bowen is a fine art photographer who creates panoramic collages using a cheap plastic Holga camera. She writes, "The long overlapping images are created by only partially advancing the film between exposures – the overlapping occurs in the film itself. It delights me how well these mostly unplanned juxtapositions capture my experience of a particular time and place and at the same time have an identity all their own." Check it out. [Via]
- Danish photographer Hans Nyberg took a series of panoramas at Photokina , including a pair showing the Adobe booth.
He reports, "For fast action panoramas we shoot 3 or 4 images with a fisheye.
Many of us use the Canon 5D today with a Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye (with an adapter).
They are stitched with software like PTGui." Here are some more.
- Photojojo (no relation, we presume) has a fun tutorial on How to Create Your Own Planets Using Your Panoramas. [Via]
October 21, 2006
Colossal images through Photoshop & Flash
- Jean-François Rauzier has developed techniques for creating "Hyperphotos"–panoramas that can be printed some 30′ x 10′. "When looking at a Hyperphoto," says his press release, "at first you think you’re
looking at an enlargement of a panoramic photograph.
Not quite. Look more closely and you absorb a strange
atmosphere that distances the viewer from the real world
and sucks you into a universe of dizzying amplitude.
Each Hyperphoto is a gigantic hyper-realist puzzle,
created by assembling hundreds of close-up shots
taken with a telephoto lens."
Jean-François reports that although he tried other software, Photoshop was the only tool capable of handling his 30-40GB images. He displays them on his site using Flash, though for sheer scale I’d love to see one in person. More info (in French) on his process is here and here.
- Rob Galbraith has the story of HAL9000, an Italian team that has created a whopping 8.6 gigapixel stitched photograph of an Italian fresco. They won’t go into the details of how they stitched 1,145 Nikon D2X frames into a 96,679 x 89,000 behemoth, but it looks like they use the excellent Zoomify technology to make the results visible (a la Google Maps) via Flash. Check out the results on their site.
Hmm–using Photoshop and Flash together to make sharing high-res imagery a snap; seems like something the Grand Unified Adobe might want to consider… [pulling chin thoughtfully]
April 10, 2006
Kite aerial panoramas
A few months back I wondered whether someone would attach a digital camera to a pigeon. No luck so far, but how about 360° panoramas taken from kites? Photographer Scott Haefner has rigged up a Nikon Coolpix with fisheye lens to a kite, from which he snags shots like this one of Stanford’s Hoover Tower. Images go through PTMac & PanoTools on their way to Photoshop and final output.
Finding this work led me to learn about kite pano pioneer George Lawrence, whose 17-kite “Captive Airship” helped document the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Scott plans to try to replicate the shot using modern equipment, while another team plans to recreate the shot using a replica of the original camera and a helicopter. A number of Lawrence’s photos are currently on display at SFMOMA.
By the way, through the magic of Wikipedia I learned that Lawrence was the great-grandfather of Adobe blogger Thomas Phinney. Small world!
PS–So, maybe the pigeon-cam thing has yet to pan out, but you can still glimpse the world from the perspective of a bear, armadillo, or other critter. [Via]
January 27, 2006
Return of the DRÖMKÖK
That brilliant Ikea “Dreamkitchens” site (mentioned last year) is back for a new spin in 2006. In addition to featuring new rooms of freeze-framed chaos, the site smoothly ties in a short Flash video intro. Wicked. [Via]
January 25, 2006
Panoramas in motion
If you’re interested in panoramic photography (see previous entries), check out World in Motion VR. The site features a technique I hadn’t seen before: QuickTime VR panoramas where the camera is moving, recording the scene over time. Here’s one of many examples (make sure to let it load a bit, and remember that you can click and drag as the video plays). It’s a trippy effect–”Double hand touch for drama!” The site also features more traditional but no less cool still panoramas (like this one from a glacier). Lastly, DIY gearheads may be interested in how to make a video panorama system on the cheap. [Via]
January 03, 2006
New Year’s Panoramas
The Panoramas.dk site features a collection of great New Year’s Panoramas, captured just a couple of days ago. The sound that accompanies several is a nice, immersive touch. (Is it just me, or with the London crowd can you hear a British accent in the countdown? And what’s with the Lisbon pano apparently being captured by GI Joe nemesis Destro? (scroll around and down in the pano)) [Via]
Oh, and by the way, Happy New Year from Adobe!
[Update: Andrew Nemeth points out his gallery of panoramas that feature binaural stereo audio. And Marco Trezzini passed along VRWay.com for additional panoramic resources.]
December 02, 2005
You spin me right ’round, DRÖMKÖK, right ’round
Ikea’s “Drömkök åt alla” (“Dreamkitchens for everyone”) site brings a fresh spin (sorry) to the Bullet Time photography aesthetic, letting you rotate through a series of rooms [link via Mike Downey]. sto.pp, the post-production company that did this work, features a behind-the-scenes article here.