Room #158 at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo is called What’s Left. The wild room design is a patchwork of fabrics, carpet, and wallpaper collected from other rooms at the hotel. Explore the 360 degree photo of What’s Left by clicking the image above.
Best of Portland, Oregon
- Best vegan bowl: Portland Bowl at Canteen
- Best vegan bowl with beer: Sweet Hereafter
- Best vegan bowl with yoga pants: Prasad
- Best maca smoothie: Blossoming Lotus
- Best vegan pizza: Sizzle Pie Angel of Doom
- Best beer: Burnside Brewing and Portland Brewing smoked rye IPA
- Best selection of Belgian beer: Bazi
- Best bike shop with a museum, bar, and live music: Velo Cult
- Best impromptu bike shop party on a Monday night: West End Bikes
Books and Records
- Best independent photo book store: Ampersand
- Best time to visit Powell’s Books: 9am on a weekday
- Best record store: Exiled Records
Up in California’s Gold Country, the former site of Sierra Equipment is now the Community Hope Thrift Store – and they still have the impressive muffler man! This 360 panorama was shot using a Nodal Ninja carbon fiber pole with an R1 pano head. A three shot bracket was taken at each camera position. I used a natural looking fusion setting in Photomatix to blend the exposures, PTGui to stitch the pano, Photoshop for image enhancement, and Pano2VR for output.
Take a look around in the interactive version below:
Stitching power lines in 360 panoramas using PTGui Pro
Special thanks to 360 pano expert John Houghton for his advice on how to get the power lines to stitch together.
- Stitch and optimize the panorama using your regular workflow.
- Use the show seams view in the Panorama Editor to see where the power lines will join across images.
- Temporarily switch the Editor to rectilinear to view the power lines as straight as possible.
- Using the masks feature in PTGui Pro, adjust the join area to be across a straight section of the power lines.
- Open the control points tab and select the two images where the power lines will join.
- Under CP type on the bottom left, select new line (t3).
- Add t3 points on the same power line, on each side of where they join across images. You can add multiple t3 points to define the line.
- Optional: Add another set of t4 points along a different line. Add t5 points along yet another line, etc.
- Go to the Optimizer tab, and select Optimize using: Panorama Tools in the bottom left, and then click Run Optimizer.
Hopefully your power lines will now stitch correctly. You may need to use Puppet Warp and the clone stamp in Photoshop to make things perfect.
If you’re using viewpoint optimization to add a nadir to your panorama
- Delete all of the new line control points. Optional: Save off a version of your PTGui project file first.
- The muffler man pano was 4 around + 1 down. On the Optimization tab, I unchecked all of the optimization parameters for images 0-3, so as not to disturb the alignment in the next step.
- Uncheck the lens parameters for image 4 (the nadir), and turn on viewpoint optimization for this image.
- Switch to Optimize using: PTGui, and click Run Optimizer to put the nadir shot into place.
Watching, Reading, Listening, Doing (WRLD) is an experiment in paring down artistic input/output into quick summaries to refer back to. Disparate inputs help create interesting output. Let’s see what’s been in the blender lately.
San Ardo oil field gigapan: The image above is composed of 2 rows of 7 images, with 2 bracketed shots at each camera position. The iPhone app PanoCalc was useful in figuring out the number of photos to shoot. The images were stitched in PTGui Pro using a Mercator projection. The final image is 10,000 x 8,000 (80 megapixels). Below is a zoomable version created using Pano2VR.
Charles Burns continues to amaze me with his unique vision in the 2nd installment of his darkly original, narrative-shifting trilogy – The Hive. Highly recommended.
The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography was worth reading for the 50 concise photographer biographies. Judy Herrmann’s values analysis exercises are also quite good. The remaining material is a high level overview of changes in the photography industry, but the advice is rather general. Worth checking out from the library for photographers of all levels. May be of particular interest to photography students who don’t already understand the industry.
If you enjoyed David Hurn and Bill Jay’s On Being a Photographer, you might try tracking down Occam’s Razor. What was true about the art world 20 years ago is even more true today. The photography world needs an articulate curmudgeon like Bill Jay to stay honest. I wish the photo blog world had half of his wit and insight.
Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre blew me away. A bohemian shoe shine man protects an African refugee from being deported. Those of you familiar with Kaurismaki’s long history of dour films will be surprised how uplifting Le Havre is. And the cinematography is fantastic. Highly recommended.
I really enjoyed this Thomas Pynchon documentary with music by The Residents. The film is a goofy speculation about Pynchon’s choice to remain out of the public eye. Word on the street is that a new Pynchon novel called Bleeding Edge may be released this year.
Another excellent holiday gift (thanks ss!) was Cul De Sac. In 1995, a 35 year-old plumber and ex-soldier from suburban San Diego dug an 18 foot hole in his back yard looking for gold. Apparently meth was involved. He ended up stealing a tank from the National Guard and went on a rampage crushing cars before the police opened the tank and shot him. A really interesting meditation on the decline of the post WWII 50′s suburban dream.
ALTO! is a three piece band from Portland, Oregon with Derek Monypeny on guitar, and Steven T. Stone / Kyle Reid Emory on drums /electronics. Somewhere between krautrock, outrock, progrock, and experimental. Listen to side one of the album on ALTO!’s Bandcamp page, download a track for free, or name your price to buy the whole album.