I shot a series of 22 photos at the 13,058 Ft. summit of Mt. Owen yesterday and stitched the images into a 360 degree panorama using Microsoft I.C.E. I looked for a cool way to present the resulting panorama image and came across this site, Dermandar which turned my shots into this neat interactive experience. I'm pretty happy with what I can do with this and am thinking about future panoramics to try this with. Maybe I'll dig up some past ones too.
This spot overlooks the largest aspen grove on Earth. It's a pretty spectacular place, especially when the fall colors are happening. Unfortunately it was hazy from fires in Wyoming but I still like this result. What do you think? Anyone got a better method for presenting a panorama like this? My only complaint is I couldn't go full resolution with the 283 MP original.
Try dragging the image around to pan, and you can zoom with your mouse wheel (or scroll gesture). Click the arrow in the upper right to go full screen. Neat, eh?
| Categories: Hiking | Nature | Photography
I recently got what I think is a good deal on a Sigma EF-530 DG Super flash which I'm in the process of getting acquainted with. There is a new model coming out (25% more power) and retaillers (Amazon in my case) were clearing the old ones out. It's not the fanciest flash but it does support P-TTL which is a good way to get proper exposure when using an external fash. It also does bounce and tilt which I wanted for the ability to bounce light of ceilings which usually gives a nice effect. Tilt is good for the same reason but when shooting in portrait orientation.
I'm pretty new to the world of modern flashes, so all the lingo and features were a bit confusing and daunting for me. A site that really helped me figure it out was The Difinitive Guide - Pentax P-TTL Flash Comparison. This is the only place I have found all this information as well as direct comparisons between flashes in one easy to understand spot. I highly recommend it if you are searching for a Pentax flash.
| Categories: Photography
Nice day for a hike last weekend. Too bad because we really need more snow! The higher mountains have some but we are very dry here in the valley. Hopefully this will change soon!
| Categories: Hiking | Photography
I've been spoiled by dramatic weather this summer. With all the storms and rainbows being such fun subjects, I wasn't sure what I'd find on this cloudless evening. I rode to Signal Peak and noticed the light hitting these wires and thought it might make for an interesting shot. I decided to make it a B&W to accentuate the contrast between wire and background.
| Categories: Cycling | Photography
I had a good day shooting at the car show recently. I got there when the sun was already a little low for shooting the cars but was still illuminating the buildings on the East side of the block.
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I started out searching for a set of extension tubes to add some macro capability to my newly purchased Pentax K-x. After the requisite Googling I found not many of the tubes would pass through the aperture information which is a feature I'd like, and the only ones I could find were not no longer made and not available. In my search I came across some forum posts talking about this Vivitar TC and it seemed like it does just about everything I want. It magnifies your image 2x, so the SMC A 50mm I use with it becomes a 100mm. It also goes down to 1:1 which is considered "true" macro (meaning the image cast on the sensor is actual size). There were a couple on eBay and I scored one for about $75. For a macro hobbyist it's great.
Here's a flower:
Some morning frost on the car window:
These adapters are also no longer made, so eBay is your friend (or maybe KEH). Also be sure to get the one that says "P/K-A R-P/K" to be able to pass aperture info between the lens and camera.