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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Files Saved

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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© Richard Brochu-Williams

 

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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Landscape Inspiration

I am constantly looking to other photographers work to help inspire me in my own practice. I found an artist/photographer by the name of Dariusz Klimczak (1967), who was born in Sieradz, Poland. Since 2006 he has been living with his family in the countryside, near Leba. Klimczak is a graduate of the art school in Zduńska-Wola.

Like myself he has a real passion for photography and likes to produce black and white images in a square format. The four images that I have chosen are not in black and white but I chose these particular images as my inspiration, as they have a real beauty and quality about them. The saturation of colour within the images really draws you in for a closer look.

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© Dariusz Klimczak

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© Dariusz Klimczak

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© Dariusz Klimczak

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© Dariusz Klimczak

The thing that drew my attention to these images was that they were capturing interesting and sometimes out of place objects within the scene. I especially love the second image with the reflection of the trees and leaves in the water. It is simple in its design but it goes to show that with a bit of imagination that you can acquire a really effective and eye-catching image from what could otherwise be a very ordinary photograph. I must try and be more creative myself when I am taking my pictures.

Here are some more examples of Klimczak’s work. These are examples of the black and white, square formats and they are more surrealistic in their nature. They very much remind me of the artwork created by Salvador Dalí.

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© Dariusz Klimczak

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© Dariusz Klimczak

Dariusz Klimczak’s work can be viewed on his website on the link which can be found below.

References

Kwadrart.com. 2014. KWADRART – Dariusz Klimczak – fotografia kreatywna, fotografia artystyczna, fotomontaże | Gdańsk | Warszawa | Łódź | Poznań | Kraków. [online] Available at: http://www.kwadrart.com [Accessed: 28 Mar 2014].

Abstract Landscape Photography

Frances Seward

I have a keen interest in landscape photography and I am always looking into new ways of creating an image of a landscape, rather than simply taking a mundane image, of which there are plenty. This can often prove to be a challenge and it is therefore good practice to see what else has been achieved by other artists and photographers. This process helps me creatively and give me inspiration and ideas that I can apply to my own practice. Whilst undertaking some research, I came across a fine art photographer by the name of Frances Seward and found her work to be creative, fascinating and alluring.

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Ancient Waters
© Frances Seward

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Yellow Land 2010
© Frances Seward

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Sunset on Venus 2012
© Frances Seward

Frances Seward is an award-winning Artist Photographer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her abstract landscape photography has appeared in numerous printed media including magazines, books & CD Covers. Frances has also exhibited and sold her work to art galleries, interior designers, art consultancy firms & various other corporations and her work has also been purchased by private collectors within the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Frances has won awards at the International Photography Awards (IPA) with her image Stormy Blue and runner up in the WPGA Awards with The Silence which was exhibited at the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2012.

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Stormy Blue
© Frances Seward

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The Silence 2010
© Frances Seward

Born in London, UK, Frances has spent time living in France, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Boston, USA before coming to live and create her abstract art photography in New Mexico.

Frances has travelled far and wide and her extensive travels have had a direct influence on her art.

Her work is definitely a source of inspiration. More of her work can be found on her website by clicking on the link below.

Frances Seward Photography. 2014. Fine Art Photography by Frances Seward. Abstract landscape photography.. [online] Available at: http://francesseward.com [Accessed: 24 Mar 2014].

Additional Images

Fine Art America. 2014. Stormy Blue. [image online] Available at: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/stormy-blue-frances-seward.html [Accessed: 24 Mar 2014].

Seward, F. 2012. The Silence, 2010. [image online] Available at: http://francessewardphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/frances-seward-photography-at-borges.html [Accessed: 24 Mar 2014].

More Experimentation with Landscapes

After discussing with tutors on how I can adapt my landscape images and continuing on the theme of abstract, I decided to do a little experimentation with cube planets…not strictly landscapes, but something I wanted to try out after working in the studio last week and photographing a standard globe. We were asked to bring in objects to photograph in the studio and I brought in a globe. The aim of the session was to photograph the object in a new and interesting way and I was quite pleased with how the images turned out.

I hope to get the images from the tutor, so that I can post them to this blog as part of my documentation and methodological process.

Here are some images that I experimented with today:

 

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Image 1
© Richard Brochu-Williams

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Image 2
© Richard Brochu-Williams

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Image 3
© Richard Brochu-Williams

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Image 4
© Richard Brochu-Williams

 

I’m not too sure how I feel about the added lens flare and I quite like the first image that does not contain it. Out of all of these Images, I feel that images 1 & 3 work the best as I like the composition of these, but I think that they all work well together as a series.

Experimentation

Today I decided to experiment with more abstract landscape images, as this is something that I would like to take through into my final project towards the end of the year. I will also be looking at other abstract images that are not necessarily related to landscape.

Here are some images that I have been working on today.

 

Lackford Lakes

Lackford Lakes

Lackford Lakes

Lackford Lakes

Monaco

Monaco

I’m really happy with the results and look forward to more experimentation.

Here is another image that is completely unrelated to landscape photography, but another area of photography that I am interested in…Animals.

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Andreas Bübl

Andreas Bübl is an Austrian Photographer from Vienna who is particularly interested in capturing conceptual imagery. It was these images that attracted me to his work.

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© Andreas Bübl

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© Andreas Bübl

Images above:

Camera – Canon EOS 5D Mk II, 17-40mm f/4 L lens & 70-200mm f/4 L lens

Exposures – 1/200sec @ f5.6, ISO 100

Software – Photoshop CS5

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© Andreas Bübl

These images are taken from a set where he wanted to experiment with gravity. Most of the effects are created within camera and there are a few extra tweaks that are required within Photoshop.

Bübl not only creates conceptual images but also works within portraiture, advertising, event, studio and fashion to name a few. This is something I would like to do, as I do not want to limit the kind of work I could do or to be put into a category or a box, I just simply want to be a good photographer…whatever images that i choose to create.

Bübl, A. 2013. andreas bübl | fotograf | staatsmeister | wien. [online] Available at: http://www.andreasbuebl.com [Accessed: 5 Jan 2014].

Planet Photo | Inspiring Images. 2014. Digital Photo, Iss. 177 pp. 18-19.

Abstract Portraiture

Whilst browsing on a well known social media site, I came across a picture that a friend had shared and I found the image fascinating. I had come across images such as this before but this time I felt inspired to try and create my own. My attempt is feeble but this has inspired me to experiment more and create a better image in the future. My image looks a little more abstract and instead of using two images to create the final, I only worked with one. The images are supposed to show a side portrait and a face on portrait within the same image, some work better than others.

I look forward to experimenting with this type of imagery further sometime in the near future.

My Image (& First Attempt)

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Fréd – Front & Side
© Richard Brochu-Williams

Image I Was Inspired By.

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© Baíki Bk

“Respeite o ponto de vista das pessoas, as vezes estamos vendo a mesma coisa porém de forma diferente…”

“Please respect other people’s point of view, sometimes we see the same thing but differently …”

Bk, B. 2013. Respect Other People’s Point of View. [image online] Available at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=492152107560114&set=pb.100002959864531.-2207520000.1388501166.&type=3&theater [Accessed: 31 Dec 2013].

Other Examples:

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Source: Unknown Artist

Unknown. 2012. Front or Side Face?. [image online] Available at: http://9bytz.com/front-or-side-face/ [Accessed: 31 Dec 2013].

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A Portrait of a Profile
© Mick Nasty

Nasty, M. 2011. A Portrait of a Profile. [image online] Available at: http://twistedsifter.com/2011/05/picture-of-the-day-a-portrait-of-a-profile/ [Accessed: 31 Dec 2013].

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Creepy Double Face Illusion
© Coaleu

Coaleau. 2011. Creepy Double Face Illusion. [image online] Available at: http://www.instructables.com/id/Creepy-Double-Face-Illusion/ [Accessed: 31 Dec 2013].

The one thing that put me off of the above image is; that because it is made from a composite of two images, the eye does not look right for a face on (looking straight on) portrait and the side profile has two nostrils. My favourite out of all the images is the black and white image by Baíki Bk, it is well thought out and works spectacularly, I found it quite a challenge trying to create such an image. More practice is required.

Oil & Water

Continuing on the theme of abstract photography, I decided to look through some photography magazines that I subscribe to, to help inspire me to create some new images. I came across an article on photographing oil in water, so I decided to give it a go. I followed the instructions but had to create the colours within Photoshop as I did not have coloured card but I’m relatively happy with the results that I achieved.

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Digital Photo Magazine – My Source of Inspiration

Atkins, A. 2013. Camera Academy – Oil & Water. Digital Photo, Iss. 164 pp. 40-41.

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Camera Set-Up
© Richard Brochu-Williams

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Camera Set-Up
© Richard Brochu-Williams

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Oil & Lamp
© Richard Brochu-Williams