I need some silliness at the moment. Something to make me smile despite all the terrible news around the world.
So here's something to try out (if you haven't already) if you have an iphone 4s or 5 with iOS6.
Surely I wasn't the only one who adored her Kodak Advantix camera in the 90s for it's panoramic photo-setting? (or a Nexia, Futura or Konica Centuria...can't remember the names of the others).
(Yes, I know the real photographers out there did panoramas way before this, but my Kodak Advantix meant me, a beginner, could play).
Mind you, I've just been searching through my photo boxes and I can only find 2 panoramic photos I took (I KNOW I took way more than that....I'm sure I had a whole load of landscapes from the Pennines. Must have been yet another thing lost in our move to the USA). Anyway, here's one of the two, both of my kid brother's wedding:
What a lovely couple. I suppose the only thing was, this wasn't PROPER panoramic photography. It was more cropped, letterbox photography.
Well, my iphone 4s has brought the fun back into taking long photos!
I started small, just your basic 240 degrees:
A baseball game at the Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field. This was about a day after the first iOS6 update came out. I finished my sweep of the ground only to see 2 other people in rows behind me doing exactly the same thing with their iphones.
If you want to know how to do this, I've got a CNET tutorial video at the end of this post.
Then when we went to Grand Canyon last Fall Break (translation for Brits: Autumn half-term), we played with the panorama feature a bit more:
Still doesn't do the Grand Canyon justice, but I defy any single photo to.....you need to see it with your own eyes, or check out the full panoramas on Panoye. Mine aren't bad for a camera phone. The light being fantastic helped a great deal.
Then there's me doing a sweep and taking a sneaky pic of the real photographer in the family, Goth Child:
As you can see, I moved too fast in this one and Goth Child has no face. So at this point she relieved me of my iphone so she could play with panoramas. She had to be clever and try vertical ones....the black edges are where she wobbled before nearly falling over backwards:
And then of course, almost at the same time, me and Mr D exclaimed...."we should do the old school photo trick!"
This became a family exercise: Goth Child steadily panning around, with Melchett posing in one place then running around the back of her to get into a second position....we started modestly, yes, that's me in the cowgirl hat in the middle...
Then we got more adventurous, trying to get Melchett into the photo 3 times, and then topping that with swapping her hat for a different one each time she ran around the back of Goth Child:
I have to confess, we then got cocky and tried to get her 4 times in the same photo....it didn't work, she didn't get into spot quick enough and therfore we only have a third of a 4th Melchett:
I'm positive with practice and a little more preparation (perhaps marking spots on the floor and wackier hats and/or wigs) we could get Melchett Quads.....eek that's a frightening thought.
If you don't yet know how to take panoramic shots, here's a good tutorial from CNET:
I also need to look into better ways to display the photos or trying to do 360's (I think the iphone can only do 240 degrees at most). I'm going to investigate Panoye for certain for future 'sensible' photos of the places we roadtrip to. I could get totally lost in the beauty of the photos on Panoye, people upload, geotag and publish their panoramas there to build a virtual tour of the Earth. Check it out! I might have to try out the TourWrist app for my iphone too.
Have you played with the iphone panorama feature? I'd love to see your pics if you stick a link in the comments.
OK, back to sewing.....hurriedly trying to finish a Mad Men dress for Julia Bobbin's Mad Men 2 sew along.....but I have to confess I haven't even cut the fabric yet. Me? A procrastinator? How rude of you to even suggest it!