At Least He Listened

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (5)

Timothy Chase on December 25, 2008

Stand still!

... or at least that is what I might have wanted to yell. Or perhaps... Run! I think he might have gotten it: the fellow without any ghostly outline. He stood still while I rotated and clicked, rotated and clicked. Oh well... the hazards of stitching images. Your subjects might move. Except of course they weren't my subjects. I wanted the view with the skyscrapers and ships -- and that pretty sunset that lost its thin blood red color at the tip of Alki Beach just before I finished setting up.

Anyway, this is Victor Steinbrueck Park, a 360-view. You can tell it is a 360-view on account of the woman on the far right: her left leg is on the far left -- and she's none the worse for wear.

Victor Steinbrueck Park is just north of Pike Place Market. It sits on top of an "underground" garage I've mentioned before. The building in the far left of the image is the WaMu Center. The building to its immediate left on the far right of the image is the new Fifteen Twenty-One Second Avenue. The buildings to its left are condos - like the 1521. And yes: my coffee cup made a guest appearance on the far right.

eroica on December 26, 2008

We can't find the words for this one!

ksandzerbell on December 26, 2008

Good thing you pointed out the 360 factor or I'd have been totally disturbed. Excellent work...can you print it out for your enjoyment? love, karen

Timothy Chase on December 26, 2008

eroica and karen,

I am glad you like it. For me, however, this sort of panoramic photo takes a little getting used to. Heck, even the notion of a panoramic photo took a little getting used to for me. Why couldn't the photographer decide on what he was trying to take a picture of rather than just, you know, taking a picture of everything? But that's just it: the panoramic photo isn't about the object which is photographed, but rather, it is about the vantage point, the view in all its concreteness which is offered of the world from a given place.

Still, things look strangely warped when you look at the whole photograph. But that isn't how it is to be viewed. You zoom in. And if you sufficiently zoom into any part of a spherical panorama, things will look "normal." This is because while it does not preserve "straightness" (but zooming in results in curves appearing less and less curved until at a sufficiently small scale they appear straight), it does preserve the angles of intersection of any two lines -- as they appear from that vantage point, like the Mercator projection of the Earth.

Karen, I probably can print the stuff out if I go down to Kinkos, and in fact I was told by a friend that I actually should print out this one of Seattle from Boren Pike Pine Park. But not right now. I am having enough fun just putting them together and seeing them online.

Incidentally, this one of Seattle was my first 360. And here is my most recent.

Klahaye on December 27, 2008

Keep having fun putting art together! That is what is most important. The more fun you have, the more you can post, and the more fun you share with others. This is a beauty shot! I love Seattle and have myself taken some nice shots. No panos yet! That takes real skill. Congrats and please keep doing it.

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    by Timothy Chase