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Checking in on Drawbridge

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

On the day after Maker Faire, Dave Wheeler and I went out to Drawbridge for a round of aerial photographs. It was a bit of a strange day (as befits our strange Spring) with very light winds and a sky that started grey, broke to puffy clouds, and later closed in again to provide a […]

Back to the weep for more panoramas

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Spring is in the air. Only three weeks have passed and I found myself out at the Weep again, on this occasion in the company of Wayne Lanier and Dan Rademacher of Bay Nature. Again the visit occurred under flat, midday light and, again, I found myself playing with the carp pole. The first panorama […]

Aerial panoramas at Mt. Eden Creek

Monday, December 8th, 2008

I have been working on a few QTVRs for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. This fisheye view is from a set taken this afternoon at the ruins of the Oliver Brothers Salt Works. I am feeling a bit of pressure now since my permit for this area does not allow flying from January […]

Alviso Outing

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

On a fine, sunny Saturday in early spring Wayne and I decided we should hike out to check on the Alviso weep site. We have been tracking this site for about a year now and it continues to impress with entertaing diversity over time and space. On this occasion we found the weep site in […]

Heron’s Head aerial shots from February

Monday, May 1st, 2006

On February 20, 2006 I made a stop by Heron’s Head Park with the principal agenda of shooting aerial QTVR panoramas (see here). While there I also flew the Canon Elph radio-controlled rig in the last moments of the day as the sun set behind the Hunters Point Power Plant. Read on to see 0 […]

First aerial QTVR

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

I have long admired Scott Haefner’s series of aerial QTVR bubble panoramas. Scott built on a techinique first described by Philippe Hurbain. Over the Winter Break I started playing with a Nikon 8400 and its companion FC-E9 fisheye lens. This weekend marked the completion of a bracket to carry it below my kites. I made […]

Panorama progress

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

I have been working of late on QTVR panoramas as the weather has been uncooperative for aerial photos. The QTVR process is quite entertaining. If you have not taken a look at the QTVR intro page (always handily available under the images link in the header) give it a visit. There you will find an […]

Mirrorball

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Just for fun here is a 360 degree mirrorball filter applied to one of the equirectangular panoramas coming out of my QTVR work. The Photoshop plugin is Flaming Pear’s Flexify package. Scene from the fire trail just north of the Dumbarton Toll Plaza.

Panorama play continues

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

I have continued to work on the bubble panorama technique and have found a whole world of interesting software and approaches out there. This morning I am trying out Pano2QTVR, an intuitive conversion program by Thomas Rauscher of Austria. Kudos to Thomas. A view of one of the heroically constructed flow control gates that once […]

Bubble Panoramas

Monday, January 16th, 2006

This has been a tough month for field work. I have been to the South Bay repeatedly during the winter term break without much to show in aerial photographs due largely to rain and the lack of wind when it was not raining. I do have a collection of very muddy boots as reminders of […]