Instagram

As part of our Practice 2 (Media) project, our group was asked to start posting images to Instagram. We were given a theme, which was entitled “Frame” and we were asked to post and tag (#) with the word “Frame” any images that we thought captured this.

I managed to post a few…when I remembered. I have put a few on this blog but they can be accessed at: instagram.com/brochuwilliamsphotography

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All images © Richard Brochu-Williams, All rights reserved.

#frame #maphoto #uhcreatives

Landscapes and Textures

As a slight change to my approach to landscape photography, I decided to look at what was surrounding me and look at the textures and patterns within the landscape. This was a new and interesting approach to the way that I usually photograph the landscape around me.

Here are some of the images that I came up with, most are in black and white, as I think that this shows more contrast within the images and enables you to see the textures a little easier. A few I have kept in colour as I thought that it worked better for these images.

 

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All images © Richard Brochu-Williams, All rights reserved.

I particularly like the first black and white image, as I think that the contrast shows off the textures within the image well.

A Walk Around Cornwall

I have had a lovely Bank Holiday Monday, walking the coastal paths and taking a visit to Land’s End. I managed to take some landscape pictures but as of yet have not had the time to edit them. I hope to have some ready for tomorrow but I did manage to do some more 360º panoramic shots, even though I forgot to bring my tripod with me, therefore I have had to make do with hand held.

 

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360º Panoramic, St Just, Cornwall © Richard Brochu-Williams

 

The above panoramic was made from around 12 hand held shots and I couldn’t resist making another “Small Planet” image – entitled “A Walk Around Cornwall”.

 

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“A Walk Around Cornwall” © Richard Brochu-Williams

 

Whilst making the above image I encountered a new problem with the Hugin Software (my fault, not the software’s). The problem was that my files would not save big enough and became increasingly pixelated, no matter what size image I started off with and even trying to save them in TIFF format and uncompressed….I was still coming across the same problem. After 2 hours of perseverance, I discovered that the canvas size was set incorrectly…something I will keep an eye on in future!

Landscape Photography Magazine

Landscape Photography Magazine is a great online magazine that I found which I believe will give me some much needed inspiration. I downloaded a free back issue and found a photographer by the name of Jens Inge Ringstad, who is a landscape photographer from Norway.

I was amazed to read that he claims not to be a professional photographer but actually works in the field of mechanical engineering. I was amazed because his images hold so much quality to them and are in my opinion a lot better than some “so called” professionals…but then I guess “beauty” is in the eye of the beholder. His images are definitely well worth a look, you will not be disappointed.

Jens Inge Ringstad

Jens Inge Ringstad's work as featured in Issue 38 of Landscape Photography Magazine

Jens Inge Ringstad’s work as featured in Issue 38 of Landscape Photography Magazine

References

Issue 38. 2014. [online] Landscape Photography Magazine. Available at: <http://landscapephotographymagazine.com/magazine/issue-38/> [Accessed 19 Apr. 2014].

Ringstad, J., 2014. Landscapes. [online] Galleries.ringstadfoto.no. Available at: <http://galleries.ringstadfoto.no/Landscapes> [Accessed 19 Apr. 2014].

Cornwall

Tomorrow I am looking forward to travelling back to Cornwall after 6 years. I will be there for the best part of a week and will be using this as an opportunity to capture some new landscape images. Whilst packing, I came across my Nikon F80 Camera and some unused film and decided that I will be taking this along with me as well as my standard Nikon D90 DSLR. It will make a nice change to work with film, as I don’t often get the chance.

I have thought about using mixed media, so once I have the film developed, I will be able to scan it to my computer and make any necessary adjustments. I have also thought about doing montages of some sort. I shall see how it goes and decide what to do as I go along.

Fingers crossed that I capture some worthwhile images. Cornwall is certainly a great place for landscape photography and I’m looking forward to the time away!

 

Hugin Process

As I have a memory like a sieve, I have decided to place on my blog the process and steps that I have used in my experimentations with the Hugin software, therefore giving me a point of reference in the future.

 

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> Open Image > Set to Equirectangular & 360º

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> Open in Assistant

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> Projection Tab > Set to Stereographic

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> Move & Drag Tab > Set Pitch to 90 > Click Apply

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> View & Position

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> Move & Rotate as Desired

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> Open Panorama Editor

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> Open Stitcher > Make Adjustments > Stitch!

 

Hopefully now I should remember!  It has been an interesting learning curve getting to grips with this new software and learning all the new terms that I have come across…such as Yaw, Pitch & Roll. I had no idea what they meant until today… after having done some research. I shall not bore you with all the technical terms.

Had a play around today too with some other filters, just to see what I could achieve. Haven’t had the opportunity as of yet to obtain some new panoramas, therefore I have just been playing around with the one I have already created.

 

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Experimenting with the “Mercator”

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“Stereographic” but with a “Tunnel Effect” as opposed to the usual “Small Planet”

Panoramic Update

Since last commenting on my blog I have managed to complete my virtual panoramic tour. Due to the limitations of what I can upload to this blog, I am unable to post it on here, but I can say that I am pleased with what I have achieved. I shall definitely be submitting them for my hand in for my project at the end of the month and I definitely would like to create some more, as this is an area of photography that I am interested in which I had not even considered before. I look forward to making some more “Google Street View” type images.

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360º Virtual Tours

Whilst looking into 360º panoramic landscapes, I came across some virtual tours and this was something that interested me and I thought that this could be a new way for me to capture and explore the landscapes that surround me. I am looking into downloading and experimenting with new software. I have chosen to trial some software:

  • Panoweaver 8
  • Tourweaver 7
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Panoweaver 8

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Tourweaver 7

I have managed to create one but I am having trouble putting it onto this blog! Watch this space, I shall figure it out. Some nice examples of virtual tours can be found at 360 Cities.

References

360 Cities. 2014. World Panoramic Photography – 360Cities. [online] Available at: http://www.360cities.net [Accessed: 8 Apr 2014].

Easypano. 2014. Virtual Tour Software. [online] Available at: http://www.easypano.com/virtual-tour-software.html [Accessed: 8 Apr 2014].

Easypano. 2014. Panorama Software. [online] Available at: http://www.easypano.com/panorama-software.html [Accessed: 8 Apr 2014].

Pan 3Sixty. 2012. 360 University Virtual Tours | 360 Campus Virtual Tours. [online] Available at: http://www.pan3sixty.co.uk/business-sectors/university-virtual-tours/ [Accessed: 8 Apr 2014].

Experimenting with 360º Panoramas continued….

Since my last post I have been trying to get to grips with the new software that I downloaded (Hugin). When I opened it for the first time, sheer panic overcome me, a little bit like the first time I ever opened Photoshop CS2 many years ago. BUT, through sheer stubbornness and a few tutorials and practices, I think I am starting to get the hang of it. To begin with I am just starting with images from my back garden but hope to improve my shooting technique and stitching abilities to obtain some really interesting images from my time away in Cornwall in 2 weeks time. I am finding that I am achieving better stereographic images by using 360º panoramics as opposed to simple edited landscape shots and by using this new software I am able to create higher resolution images, as Photoshop restricted the size of my files whilst I was using Pixel Bender. It was time that I discovered a new software program as Pixel Bender is not available for CS6 and l was having to use my laptop with CS5 to create these images, which was rather annoying.

I shall continue experimenting and hope to get some nicer panoramic shots once the weather improves.

 

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Adding control points

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Set to equirectangular

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Allignment

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Creating the panorama

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Panorama in progress

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Stitching completed

 

Above are the screen shots of the process of creating the panorama in Hugin and below is my completed 360º Panoramic image…much more of an improvement than the last one I created in Photoshop.

 

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And just for a little bit more experimentation, I decided to try creating a Stereographic image in Hugin as well. I am pleased with the results and look forward to working on some new images soon.

 

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Experimenting with 360º Panoramas

Today I have been trying to experiment with 360º panoramic landscapes. There are a few problems that I have come across. The first being that I do not have a fish eye lens but I do have a wide angle lens (12mm) and I do not have a panoramic head but it is still possible to achieve some good results…I just haven’t got them yet.

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Nodal Ninja 4, Panoramic Head for tripod

I have been trying out new software (Hugin) but after trying to get to grips with it, watching tutorials and reading online, I have discovered that it is not too user friendly, or I am just simply daft! BUT I will persevere because I am stubborn but will give it a rest for today.

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Despite having done stereographic images in the past, I have not done 360º panoramic or equirectangular images, and these are the images that should be used when making stereographic images. I have just used landscape images and photoshopped them, but I would really like to try and do it the correct way and this will also be a new way of photographing for me, so this is a challenge that I am going to set myself.

However, I did manage a 360º panorama, not a very good one, but at least I achieved SOMETHING today. I have stitched the image together but I have not bothered to edit the image as it was just for experimentation.

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360º Panoramic Image © Richard Brochu-Williams

Below is an example of how Alexandre Duret-Lutz uses 360º equirectangular panoramic images to create his stereographic (Wee Planet) images.

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Stereographic | Equirectangular © Alexandre Duret-Lutz

References

Duret-Lutz, A. 2014. gadl. [online] Available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gadl/ [Accessed: 4 Apr 2014].

Hugin. 2013. Hugin – Panorama photo stitcher. [online] Available at: http://hugin.sourceforge.net [Accessed: 4 Apr 2014].

Nodal Ninja. 2014. Panoramic Heads, VR Photography, Rotators, Levelers, Aerial Poles. [online] Available at: http://www.nodalninja.com [Accessed: 4 Apr 2014].

Panoguide. 2014. panoguide: the guide to panoramas and panoramic photography. [online] Available at: http://www.panoguide.com [Accessed: 4 Apr 2014].

Panohelp. 2014. Pano Help — Tips, techniques, and articles to help you create incredibly detailed panoramas. [online] Available at: http://www.panohelp.com [Accessed: 4 Apr 2014].