Probably this blog had been a bit more silent than usual in the past days. This is because we had been away and out of the country.
I really like taking panoramic images whenever I can. They convey a much better impression of the situation I’ve experienced then a single image. At least for me. And because of the way they are made – stitched together from multiple images – they are most of the time very big. A lot of pixels to zoom into.
The process to take such a panoramic image is very straight forward:
- Take overlapping pictures of the scenery in multiple layers if possible. If necessary freehand.
- Make sure the pictures overlap enough but there’s not a lof of questionable movement in them (like a the same person appearing in multiple pictures…)
- Copy them to a PC.
- Run the free Microsoft Image Composite Editor.
- Pre-/Post process for color.
The tools used are all free. So my recommendation is the Microsoft Image Composite Editor. Which in itself was a Microsoft Research project.
Image Composite Editor (ICE) is an advanced panoramic image stitcher created by the Microsoft Research Computational Photography Group. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the app creates high-resolution panoramas that seamlessly combine original images. ICE can also create panoramas from a panning video, including stop-motion action overlaid on the background. Finished panoramas can be saved in a wide variety of image formats,Image Composite Editor
Here’s how the stitching process of the Musashi-kosugi Park City towers night image looked like:
It’s been 11 years today that I am married with my beloved Stephanie.
We rocked 11 years. Let’s rock a lot more!
We are currently visiting Tokyo and car traffic seems not to be the most pressing issue. When you encounter bike parking lots like this one you know why. It also can be done in your city. The streets in the city are owned by pedestrians not cars.
There are some things that influenced us over time. I’ve never played a lot of computer games. But I’ve played adventure games. Most notably those of LucasArts.
The “Day of the Tentacle” – being the sequel to “Maniac Mansion” – was one adventure game that I have a lot of great memories of. I have played it through a lot of times since it’s release.
At the beginning of the game the main villain (the purple tentacle) of the game is making a statement:
Bernard: Ok, you’re free to go.LucasArts (June 1993). Day of the Tentacle. DOS.
Green Tentacle: Thanks Bernard!
Purple Tentacle: Yes, thank you, naive human! Now I can finish taking over the world! Ha ha ha!
Green Tentacle: Wait!
Bernard: Oh, yeah. Now I remember. He’s incredibly evil, isn’t he?
Green Tentacle: Uh… I’ll try to talk him out of it.
And because of his aspiration to take over the world the picture of the scene this is being said ended up as my phones unlock screen background (and if lots of other places) ever since.
The vectorized purple tentacle above has been kindly provided by: Chalda Pnuzig
This post is a good part just a “repost” of something I’ve read on Volkers blog: “How to Deliver Constructive Feedback in Difficult Situations” and I want to have noted down here as well.
“We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel.“Marshall B. Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication