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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Kerio Volcanic Crater in Iceland

Kerio Volcanic Crater in Iceland

Kerio Volcanic Crater.

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Panoramic Photography – Grasping the Image at a Wide-ranging Scale

The majority of photographic shots let us see no more than a slice of the general picture. However, panoramic photography allows us to control a more broad-spectrum sight. The effect becomes possible owing to a technique of spinning around in a 360-degree loop while taking shots from only one position in space out to the adjacent setting. Nowadays, it is possible to execute panoramic photography just by buying the right camera and by setting it to do it.

On the other hand, if one does not want to pay a fortune on such a camera, it is possible for them to execute panoramic photography by capturing several images that surround a centre of rotary motion with almost any digital camera. Owing to software development, one can then sew the images up together and, thus, obtain the panoramic representation.

For fewer images to sew up together, the easiest way of completing the entire process is by mounting the camera on the level â?? i.e. horizontally â?? in landscape mode. One will be able to cover the scene shot with a smaller number of images in this manner. On the other hand, when it comes to capturing scenes in panoramic photography, which also include vertical parts, the mode used is portrait and the mounting of the camera takes place perpendicularly â?? i.e. vertically.

Irrespective of the methods used for the orientation of the camera and for the images brought together to build the scene up, panoramas have a very useful application in the form of the panoramic tour. Such a virtual tour can make things a lot easier for businesses, each time that they try to reach new customers. Whether we are talking about products, services, events or real estate deals, a panoramic tour can offer the potential customer a comprehensive view of what interests him or her.

One can place a panoramic photo over the Internet in a manner much related to that of uploading any other type of photo. However, we will make sure that we have uploaded your panoramic photo in such a manner that all plug-ins should be able to pan and zoom it. This will provide the interactive look to your panoramic tour.

Generally, the feature used to enable this interactive level of the panoramic tour is a QTVR. This configuration is a QuickTime VR configuration, i.e. the format in which one has to save the panoramic photo in order to make it available virtually. QTVR then must be supported by the plug-in with which tries to access the virtual tour. Generally, the installation of QTVR is supported by any plug-in or browser, so it should not be a problem.

QuickTime VR then makes it possible for the one who is taking the panoramic tour to rotate in the setting, and even to look up or down, depending on the movement that he or she wants to make in this panoramic environment. Does it sound too complicated to complete successfully? It is not at all like that, as one does not need meticulous IT skills to upload an image that will then become a panorama. Enjoy the experience of having your current and potential customers dive into such levels of interactivity with your offer. You will see its effects soon after they have come out of the panorama.

With panoramic photography, one can get the picture at a more comprehensive scale. By rotating in your panoramic tour, customers will feel closer to the objects displayed and, thus, more motivated to act as you want them to act â?? i.e. in the direction of closing the transaction with you.

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Panoramic Photography in a Nutshell

Panoramic tours are the new wonders of photography. The result may be one breath taking photo, but it takes more than that to make it. Panoramic photography is all about patience and choosing the right angle for more than one photo. But it sure pays off, for photographers and other people that use it alike. Panoramic tours look great, especially on realtors’ web sites or on photographers’ ones. Inexperienced photographers wish to be able to do that, while the rest of us wonder how they are made.

Truth be told, panoramic photography does not take that much. In the most basic terms, you only need a camera loaded with film, or a digital camera, a tripod that you can use to swivel 360degree (rotation) and to somehow stitch it. However, if you are looking for a more advanced explanation, you need to know the nodal point of your lens (the hole of which the light enters the lens and reflected upside down to your camera) and mount the center of the nodal point using special built camera mount. As well as that you should know there are some cameras that can capture a180degree or perhaps more angle in 1 single shutter click.

But how does panoramic photography work and what are the camera and film requirements? The things you have to do in order to make a panoramic tour are:

• First you need to put the camera on a tripod. This way you make sure it is steady and at the same height throughout the process. Next, you manually set the exposure; you have to average it out for the whole panorama but keep it fixed as you pan. If you are using a zoom lens, select a focal length with the least distortion (usually mid-way).

• Then, take a shot. Rotate the camera a few degrees, and repeat the process until you are all the way around. You have to leave a good margin of overlap on all your shots so you have wiggle room when you stitch them together with software.

But there used to be an easier way of making a panoramic tour – there used to be a 35mm camera that took panoramic 360 photos. It was attached to a tripod, had a slit lens and turned 360 degrees while advancing the film to give a panoramic picture. Although it has not been made lately used ones are still around. You could try and find it by using an Internet search. Another easier option is to use a digital camera in video mode; however, if you chose to do so it would have to be hand held.

There are several ways of stitching the photographs, most of them involving specialized software like adobe photoshop or picasa. These are just a couple out of dozens of programs that do the stitching in panoramic photography. Some of these soft wares can be downloaded for free; others come with your digital camera while others cost a lot of money. The software that a photographer chooses to use mainly depends on the budget and on how good a job he is supposed to do.

Panoramic photography poses one question: how can you print such photos? Some panoramic tour photos are about 60×20 cm, others more like 60×15. None of the standard shops usually does these types of formats. In such cases, photographers and realtors alike opt for specialized sites that print big or unusual sized photos. However, if you are looking for a commercial quality photo (rather than professional), try contacting your local photo processor lab, and if they do not do it, they will definitely know a local source to use.

Due to the latest developments panoramic photography has become of art; more and more people seem to be using panoramic tours, whether for business or personal use.

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Jantar Mantar Celestial Clock

The Jai Prakash Yantra are a pair of hemispherical bowls faced with marble. Like the Ram Yantra, one complements the other – open spaces in one are replaced by surfaces in the other. Inside the spaces are steps for the observers to stand and each bowl was mounted on lead sheeting to ensure it would remain perfectly stable over the years.

The purpose of the Jai Prakash Yantra was to act as a reflection of the sky above. Cross wires stretched over the center of the bowl hold a metal ring, and every point in the sky can be reflected onto a corresponding point on the bowl through the ring. It is said that the Jai Prakash Yantra were so accurate, they were used to calibrate the other instruments in the Jantar Mantar.

Jaipur is one of my favorite places in India, I have many friends there who own elephants and horses.

via Jantar Mantar Celestial Clock.

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