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The Making of a Memento

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Timothy Chase on January 20, 2009

Taken late afternoon, 18 Jan 2009.

This is by the lighthouse at Discovery Park. The lighthouse is on the left. The photographer is near the center of a peninsula. A young couple, appearing more or less silhouetted against the sun, are at the tip. And this is of course a 360 shot -- or nearly so. If you zoom in on the couple, you will see the figure of a young man and woman, each shifting balance.

He is taking her picture, well, probably several. Normally I would prefer to avoid multiple exposures, ghosts, and so on that come from stitching together photos where objects (or more likely, people) move. However, I believe the multiple exposures clearly add something here, with the woman playfully trying different poses, the man attentive, both acting in a way that suggests an aspect of deep romantic love -- in which it seems as if you two are the only people in the world, that your love is what lies at the heart of existence.

Timothy Chase on May 13, 2010

AutoStitch :: a new dimension in automatic image stitching

Written by guys into artificial intelligence it automatically figures out how the photos fit together. I am using the free version. You can tell from some of my panoramas -- particularly around the sun or bright lights -- or alternatively where the edges of the panorama are uneven. Ghosts are actually fairly easy to take care of. Make a smaller version of the panorama (takes less time) as a preview, then trim one or the other photo where there are conflicting images, e.g., where something moved -- but make sure that you have sufficient overlap (a quarter on each side of each photo, perhaps) so that the program can fit photos together.

KWO Tsoumenis on October 10, 2010


Very special panorama - GREAT & UNIQUE GALLERY!

Greetings, Kostas :-)

Timothy Chase on October 10, 2010

Glad you like it. I liked how it showed the couple together through the double images. Didn't really intend that at the time -- and I could have cut out one of their images so that there was only one image of them -- but I decided to keep it that way. It is what gives the image meaning -- showing their intimacy.

Given the fact that this is 360 you can see where they came from even though in the image itself where they came from (with buildings and people) is distant. So metaphorically there is a great distance between them and the rest of human civilization at that moment, and visually they are closer to Sun -- the source of light and warmth -- which metaphorically could represent their being much closer to the heart of existence.

Sometimes photos lend themselves to this sort of analysis. Poetry in composition. Unfortunately the sky appears darker there -- given the Sun. The camera auto-adjusted for brightness and the free version of Autostitch didn't take this into account. What you get for using a point and shoot.

But I could have checked the brightness relative to other nearby photos and adjusted afterwards. Didn't think of it at the time -- and now I have lost the originals due to a hard drive crash. Live and learn.

Kathy Keener on August 22, 2011


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