Posts tagged with “photos”

Time Flies…

Sunday, 13 December, 2009

It has been quite a while since I last posted something (how often to do see that comment made by someone on their blog?), in fact 4 months today. I’ve really had a lot on during that time including, ,helping to organise/run a Ultimate tournament for ~370 people (which also included training for, and playing in), attending conferences, trying to set up a new website for the TUA (as well as keep up with other admin), not to mention how busy work has been. It probably hasn’t helped that my body clock has been out of sync with the rest of the world lately, as my girlfriend isn’t around to encourage me to go to bed/get up at reasonable hours of the day. Luckily Christmas is fast approaching and it will give me chance to have a  bit of a break from work (and non-work work) and recharge my batteries a bit.

During the last few months I didn’t manage to squeeze in a quick holiday in Victoria, heading down the Great Ocean Road. It is a really nice part of the world, and has inspired me to try an see a bit more of my of own country, instead of constantly going overseas for Holidays. The shorter flights also seem like a definite bonus. Here are a few nice panaroma I took on the trip (and stitched together using Hugin)
The Twelve Apostles (Eastern View)

Loch Ard Gorge

The first shot is of The Twelve Apostles, which are pretty well know (at least the Western View is), but the second shot inside Loch Ard Gorge (just to the west of the apostles) was also a very nice little spot. Click on the images for much large versions, though be aware that are fairly large in size (600k & 1000k).

I was also really impressed with how Hugin handled the merging of the waves at different spots between the photos.

Hugin Niagara Falls

Thursday, 13 August, 2009

A while back I ran across a nice little piece of software called Hugin, that can stitch together photos to create a panorama. Unfortunately up until recently I have not had a good series of photos I could test it out with. On my recent trip to Canada I decided to take a series of shots at Niagara Falls and see how well the software would go. Here is the result (click on the image to see a bigger version):

Niagara Panorama (Small)

It was a bit overcast at the time, so the light wasn’t great, and my camera was in great need of a good clean (taking it though the mist at the bottom of the falls earlier in the day didn’t help either), but I think the end result is not too bad. All I had to do was select the photos I wanted to stitch together and Hugin did the rest.

Apparently the automatic stitching works best when there are well defined points in the photo it can pick out (ie. photos with buildings), and not so well when there aren’t (ie. photos with trees). If the automatic stitching doesn’t work so well, it provides quite a nice interface for selecting points in the photos by hand, and stitching them together manually.

The interface still needs a bit of work to cater for people like me who can’t be bothered reading the doco, but for the most part Hugin is a very impressive piece of software.

An even larger version of the panorama can be seen here