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More Fun with Panoramas

Last weekend I went to Boston, and took a few snapshots of Boston harbor.  While these are another great example of how good the iPhone 4 camera is, that’s not the focus of this post.

There is something amiss with these panoramas.  I didn’t spot the problems right away, but as I worked with them, it became obvious.  And the reason for the problem is also obvious: the stitching isn’t perfect if all the elements in the picture don’t line up exactly right.  This is especially true for subjects in the foreground, which move about more as you change positions for each photo.

Anyway, see if you can spot the imperfections in these pictures!

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iPhone 4 Display

One more post about the iPhone 4, and that’s it for now, I promise.  I found this picture that I took when I still had my 3GS: a comparison between the iPhone 4 display, and the iPhone 3GS display.

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iPhone 4 Camera

How good is the iPhone 4 camera?  I haven’t had a chance to really give it a good run, so on my way home from work today, I stopped and took some photos.  Once home, I used Windows Live Photo Gallery to stitch them into a panorama. Using Microsoft software to manipulate photos taken on an Apple device? Unthinkable!

Anyway, in all seriousness, here are the results.  For the most part, I’m impressed — especially considering these are coming from a camera phone.  But, they’re not nearly as detailed as the panoramic photos I took with my real camera while in Spain earlier this year.  Also, the afternoon sun didn’t play nice with some of the shots.

Here are the undoctored (except for being stitched together) photos. Click on them to see the full size pictures (they’re BIG, about 2-3MB each!).

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Photo-a-Day 2009

Well, it’s over.

All in all, that was a fun experiment. I think if I were to redo it, I would be less strict with the “one photo a day” rule. When you start out, there are a lot of interesting subjects — but about halfway through you start to realize that having a 9-5 desk job isn’t the most conducive environment for creative photography. There are more than a few cases throughout the year where I had to take two or three photos from one day, and spread them out over multiple days.

Having said that, though, it made me more aware of my camera. Things I probably wouldn’t have bothered photographing before suddenly became very important. Above all, that spirit is what I want to take from this project into the future.

A lot of the pictures I took over the year weren’t that special, but there are some I’m particularly fond of. For example, around the same time each month, I took a picture looking out at the same spot from my apartment’s balcony, to show the progression of seasons.

In addition to those, there are some specific photos that I think turned out well. I think I will close out this post, and this project, with that list:

1/1/2009 1/26/2009 1/29/2009
4/6/2009 4/20/2009
12/5/2009 12/6/2009 12/14/2009 12/25/2009


Photo a Day: July

Hard to believe July is already over, but it is. And here are the pictures to prove it. My birthday and Otakon were the highlights this month. Enjoy!

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Photo a Day: May

I’m a bit late on this one, but May’s Photo a Day is complete and ready for viewing. As spring turns into summer, the wildlife comes out. We saw a couple good movies too.

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Photo a Day: April

Finally got all of April’s pictures uploaded.

This month spring arrived, much to the chagrin of my nose. Lots of flowers, trees bursting with leaves and beer. Er, well, I guess that doesn’t have much to do with spring, but there was a lot of beer & food this month too.

And of course, April 30 saw the release of the Windows 7 Release Candidate. It looks great, but my video card and/or drivers seem to cause some minor Aero hesitation when closing windows. Very annoying, so I’m still trying to decide whether I want to start using it full time or not. Hopefully a future driver update will resolve it. Other than that, I really love the look of the OS!


Photo a Day: March

Is it really April already? Wow. Well, the complete month of pictures for March 2009 is up. This is where my car passes 100,000 miles. Then I say good bye to it. Then I say hello to a new one. And some other stuff happened. It was a busy month!

Again, to my old car: thank you for all your faithful years of service. I wanted to retire you while I could keep happy memories of you, and not see you dead on the side of the road.


Photo a Day: February

Just a quick post for those who are interested: all photos are up for February 2009. Deer in the dark, a face in the clouds, and the end credits of GTA IV are some of the highlights. Thanks for looking!