Today I had a conversation with a lady parked next to my Leaf at the free charging station at Mollie Stone (the local grocery store here in Sausalito). She had a lot of questions about driving a Leaf. She’s probably a bit older than I and made the most interesting comment: I think electric cars are […]
I’ve been striving to master timelapse and have a long way to go! But here is a timelapse (for study purposes: what happens when…) shot from my office window. When time is sped up, you can see patterns in the wind on the bay. And when everyone got off work they went out on their […]
I’ve mentioned before on my blog that I really enjoy volunteering at the Point Bonita Lighthouse about once a month. Ranger Sarah, who coordinates the PoBo VIPs (Point Bonita Volunteers In the Park) recently offered everyone the opportunity to take a day trip to the East Brother Light Station. A handful of us were able […]
I have been wondering: wouldn’t it be possible to have multiple 360º panoramas (pole panos would be best) in relatively close proximity to one another and actually fly a virtual camera (using pan, tilt, zoom) through that 3D space creating the illusion of free flight through space, moving, as needed, between panoramic spheres. Then, today, I […]
I thought, “Well, while I’m here…” So, after shooting the pano of the Golden Gate Bridge, I shot this pano of one of the many batteries that guarded the entrance to the bay: Battery Spenser. Our exit into Sausalito is the Spenser exit, named after this battery which is close by.
Yesterday we headed out to the Golden Gate Bridge at Battery Spenser—probably the most common area from which people view the bridge in the headlands. We went early in the morning so as to avoid the crowds and to be able to find a place to park. The weather was cold and windy, well… rather […]
The Sistoid Unit requested a pano of the piano in the living room. Here are two: one during the day (HDR) and one in the evening.
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Yesterday I went out to shoot some more pole panoramas using a different lens (my favorite panorama lens, Canon’s EF 8-15mm fisheye) which requires a completely different mounting system (read: different hardware than what I used day before yesterday and the different settings that accompany that lens and mount). For my future reference: The settings […]
These are my first two experiments with a different way of making 360º panos with the camera lens way up high on a tall pole. With the wind (extreme wind yesterday when I shot these), this becomes a huge challenge! Precision is the name of the game with panos, and a wobbly tall pole makes […]
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy was he! I loved my Fuzzy Wuzzy soap! I loved that it grew hair! What ever happened to the good old days when your soap grew hair?! Until seeing the commercial below, I had completely forgotten that it had a toy inside! I would buy it […]
I’ve had the unexpected good fortune to travel, a lot, actually—all over the world. (That reminds me, I need to update my list of countries to which I have been! Check out the list, it’s #23 on this page.) And in every place I have visited, the people have all been very nice, kind, and […]
This holiday weekend was supposed to feature a visit from family, but the weather forecast called for rain; so, they rescheduled. And rain it has. We got out briefly this afternoon, got rained on a bit, but got a few pictures between raindrops. The smell of the sage and other desert plants was scrumptious! The […]
I recently discovered a new photo editing app for the iPhone and iPad: Gridditor. It sports a rather clever approach to photo editing. At launch the interface contains a grid of thumbnails of the image being edited. At the top and bottom are two filters: Contrast and Vibrance. On each side are two other filters: […]
I continue on my quest to explore HDR with panoramas. I just wasn’t overwhelmed with the result from PTGui‘s Fusion model. So, yesterday I tried NIK Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2. (Google now owns NIK Software.) These panos are all from several of the presets in HDR Efex Pro 2. I didn’t take the time […]
if I didn’t note the significance of this day (along with tomorrow) in our nation’s ongoing struggle with civil rights for all Americans. As the SCOTUS hears arguments (today) in the case centered around marriage equality for all American adults and the Defense of Marriage Act (tomorrow) I pause to reflect, uncertain that the court […]