Archive for the ‘Panoramas’ Category

Candlelight Evening at the Farmers Museum VR

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Conditions at this year’s Candlelight Evening at the Farmers Museum where less amenable to photography than they were in 2007, but I did set up and shoot a couple of VRs.  The one above was shot behind the chapel in a less trafficked area of the grounds, shortly after sunset.

Lights … Camera … Action …

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Molly's Leap Needing to test my (hopefully no longer) broken RSS feed for this blog, I’m back to share with you a few more images from this weekend. As the subject line indicates, this post is going to showcase some “action” shots, Specifically, stop-action. This technique grew out of my panoramic photography, which is essentially compositing multiple images together into one final scene. These particular images are of my nieces jumping into my parent’s pool, but any activity with horizontal and/or vertical motion is a great subject for the technique. I’ve used it in previous entries showing a cliff jumper and a baseball player sliding into home plate during an Oneonta Tigers game.

Megan hits the water

Looking for a little something different for your child’s (or your own, for that matter) sports photography? This may be just the thing.

View from the Top: Balsam Lake Mount Fire Tower

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

In my previous entry, I wrote of our hike to the summit of Balsam Lake Mountain in the Catskills. Like most Catskill summits, the tree-lined summit alone affords no view. The fire tower at the summit, however, opened up the panoramic expanse of the Western Catskills to view. The viewing platform was closed, but from the steps I was able to get enough images to stitch together an interactive 360º VR of the view. This one is a cylindrical view, not spherical, but captures the view nicely.

San Diego Interactive VR: La Jolla Cove

Monday, March 16th, 2009

La Jolla is a resort town in the north of San Diego, and my destination for my outing day of our trip last January.  I took the bus from Old Town, and then walked around for a few hours – including falling in the Pacific Ocean fully dressed while exploring a tide pool.  The camera survived, and I dried off, so all was well.

One of the most scenic spots in La Jolla is La Jolla Cove, apparently one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California.  It was mid-week in winter when I visited, and though it was fairly nice from New York standard, still rather chilly for swimming and sunbathing, so I was able to photograph it relative free of people.

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San Diego Interactive VR: Cabrillo Tide Pools

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Cabrillo Monument overlooking San Diego BayAt the southwestern most point in the continental United States is Point Loma, and the Cabrillo National Monument.  There, one can see the Cabrillo Monument and the historic Old Point Loma Lighthouse (the new Point Loma lighthouse is an active Coast Guard facility and not open to visitors) and sweeping panoramic views over San Diego Bay to the city skyline.   Given more time than we had, one can hike the trails along the craggy trails overlooking the bay.  Leah and I toured the lighthouse and the monument, as well as spending some time in the visitor center, but we only had a few hours before needing to catch the bus for our next destination and our ride back to my sister’s.

Old Point Loma LighthouseI returned on my own, the afternoon after my visit to Coronado Island, in fact.  If you take the bus, as I did, you’ll save the entry fee to the park as well as the environment :)   One feature Leah and I had not seen on our visit was the tide pools on the western side of the park, on the Pacific Ocean.  The park materials state that the tide pools should only be visited by car – something I find ludicrous for a National Parks Service location, but that is another matter – but I wanted to see them.  So I started walking down the long hill road that leads to the pools.  It’s a fairly lengthy trek, but was well worth the hike as I arrived in time for the golden hour, the period of ideal light just before and after sunset.  I explored the tide pools and shot the panorama below.  The hike up was hell, as I was in worse shape than I am now and it triggered my asthma.  But I made it back in time to catch the bus, and ended up with one of my favorite panos of the trip and a story to tell.

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