Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Daaamn what a beautiful morning, daaamn what a beautiful day

The San Gabriel Mountains, as seen from behind our building:


When I ride my bike in the morning, I ride towards these. It provides several benefits:
1. Mild degree of incline all the way
2. Something to look at
3. The more they fill my field of vision, the better I know I've done!

Then when I'm tired, that same little degree of incline takes me home like a moving walkway.

Let's hear it for mountains.


At 3:21 PM, Charles

Or you could stop being a pussy, and rock it to the TOP, coasting all the way to vegas.

At 4:16 PM, Julie

That's exactly the kind of jealous comment I would expect from someone who lives in a state without one single mountain.

At 11:01 PM, Aristotle

I wish we had mountains here! The area is hilly, but doesn't average to any kind of incline or decline, so biking is work from the first moment to the last.

Nice panoramic view — how did you take it? Tripod? Or did you stitch the photos? You know, with about… another as many photos (I think?) you could make one of those Quicktime3D-type panorama photo thingies. :)

At 7:30 AM, Charles

Fuck. You.

At 4:57 PM, Julie

Before I try another panorama or a 360° view, I am going to learn what is the best manual setting for this type of photograph. I was using automatic settings, which accounts for the ugly seams.

Charles. You don't have to lie about having mountains to make friends.

At 8:02 AM, Aristotle

Automatic settings in what — the camera? Or the stitcher program? (Did you use one? Still unclear on that.)

c't (biggest/best German computer mag) did a review of stitchers a while back and wrote that the better ones are capable of adjusting to pretty wild variations of lightness between shots, producing a smoothly normalized panaroma.

At 2:46 PM, Julie

I did it the regular way, I snapped a few pictures in a row with my digital camera while trying to minimize vertical movement. Then I put them together in Photoshop. Not sure what this "stitchery" is you sepak of.

At 2:36 PM, Aristotle

Stitching means that it the perspective distortion is mathematically removed and the whole panorama stitched together so that you get the result you would have gotten if you had taken a 360° picture shot onto a circle of film. Then something like Quicktime VR or another suitable viewer for your format lets you pan around that panorama smoothly, distorting it appropriately, so that you get a (say) 60° window onto a 360° picture that looks perspectively correct (rather than having the dizzying “there's no straigth lines” effect of the 360° version).

It's a cool show-off effect.

At 4:52 PM, K

There is a guy who is a friend of Jeff Rowland who has a camera (Canon, I think) that has a panorama picture function built in. It freezes the side of the frame while you line it up for the next part of the panorama. He had a bitch of a time trying to get a shot at ComicCon, because people kept moving and/or getting in the way of the shot.

When he finally did manage to get a good panoramic pic, he accidentally deleted it when he reviewed it. Poor guy.

At 8:15 PM, Julie

That is the kind of thing I would not mind having.


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