Timothy Chase
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I have lived in Seattle since early 1999. I got a camera in early October, 2007 and started taking some pictures. More recently I got into panoramas and have taken a fair number, including hemisphere panoramas and one near sphere -- the last of which was stitched together from 130 individual photos. Email (remove all spaces and replace "at" with the appropriate symbol): timothy chase at gmail .com
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I love the position of the sun in this one and I agree...it makes a photo more interesting to put subjects off balance.

Quite cool! We need an ocean in Tennessee!

Thank you! A lot of what you see really is a function of tide and thus day, month and year. The Making of a Memento shows a long stretch of beach reaching out as a peninsula from in front of the light house. Light and Darkness and Blue Discovery show beaches as well. These beaches all but disappear at high tide. But at very low tide you can see the beach reaching far out into the sound. Basking in the Final Flames of Day shows this from high up at a viewpoint along the trail that leads from the bluffs down to the lighthouse. You can see a couple of people walking in the sunlight at water's edge, yet even when you zoom in they and others appear as little more than specks.

4486 x 712. Originally 39 photos taken 2011-08-07, 11:40-11:47 AM. This was a Sunday and there are far fewer people in the tunnels at this time. Still I had a couple people come through while I was taking my shots but kept them out of the final panorama. Each of the stops and each of the mezzanines are different along the length of the tunnel. The mezzanines give you a view of the buses and light rail trains below. A mezzanine will also offer a good spot for a full circle panorama where architecture dominates and actually constitutes the whole of the image.

1508 x 2240, 2011-08-07, three photos from 10:44-10:45 AM, North by Northeast of Smith Tower from its observation deck. You may notice that the buildings are slightly bowed, thicker at the center than the top or bottom. Autostitch is already compensating with two axis of rotation, and although it is difficult to achieve, the program is capable of spherical panoramas. A sphere cannot be projected on to a flat plane without distortion. The closest I have come is a near sphere of Waterfront Park. Here are three different projections: Near Sphere Panorama of Waterfront Park, Waterfront Park II,Waterfront Park III. I have also done three hemispherical(+) panoramas, each of a different location: 5th and University (Looking Up), Fourth and Seneca (Looking Up), Seattle Library (Looking Up). Circle and semi-circle panoramas are much easier, but Smith Tower's observation deck doesn't permit that. However, this panorama and the preceding three (North by Northwest of Smith Tower, Northeast of Smith Tower and South of Smith Tower) all overlap on both the left and the right, creating a closed circuit that covers the entire compass.

17100 x 2880, one-third circle, ~120 degrees, ~7.9 Mb, 30 photos taken 2011-07-30 between 4:40-4:45 PM. I had to reduce the size to get it to upload. The beginning of Seafair. I had hope to go further up the coast, getting off the bus in Magnolia then hiking, but with the parade on 4th and I had little chance of figuring out where to catch the 24, my schedule went out the window. So I walked to Magnolia Marina from downtown, about 3.5 miles, with my on-foot journey ending where it was supposed to only begin. In this panorama we can see starting on the left houses on the west side of Queen Anne Hill, the Space Needle, downtown, the port cranes, Harbor Island with the Sea-Based X-band Radar, Mount Rainier, the Spokane Street Bridge, West Seattle, a haron and some of Magnolia Marina itself.

4747 x 611, 18 photos taken 2011-07-16 between 5:04-5:07 PM. A full circle (360) panorama. Given the height of this panorama I nearly decided not to put it up. It had a number of things working against it. The software that I use to stitch (Autostitch) is amazing, but it has problems when things move. Like water, particularly when the water is close and you can see a distant horizon behind it. Or there are low-lying clouds. A 310 degree panorama would have been larger, but I really wanted to do a full circle. At this scale it works. Besides, a great deal of beauty and even perfection can sometimes be found in a small flower.



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