Have you ever seen something so beautiful that you just had to take a picture of it, but when you finally sat down to look at the photo that it fell far short of expectations? Many years ago, my friend Rick explained my disappointment. “That’s because you put a frame around it.”
He’s right. When you see something beautiful, you are seeing it WITHOUT a frame around it. Then, by taking a picture, you are cramming that beauty into the confines of 640×480; 4:3; or 16:9.
Yesterday, I completed an experiment that I started this past summer. I’ve always been interested in panoramic photographs — you know where you take multiple pictures of a scene and then try to “stitch” them back together again. Of course you are still putting a frame around the image, but at least you are pushing it farther away from the middle:-)
Well, I had picked up a copy of Stitcher from Realviz, and my preliminary experiments were promising. Using a simple, 6M pixel Casio Exlim point and shoot camera, I was creating some very cool looking panoramas. So, when my family and I went on a 10 Day Mediterranean cruise this past summer, I left with a goal to take as many panoramic pictures as possible. Last night, I uploaded the final stitched and cropped versions for your review. You can check them out at my Flickr account.
The results explain why some of us are so excited about New Media — the fact th at great content-creation tools are getting into the hands of the average user. Think about it. For $200 you can buy a 6MP digital camera. If you shoot 9 pictures of a scene for a panorama photograph, you have in essence, created a 9 x 6MP = 54 MP photograph. Umm…how many 54 Mega Pixel cameras can you find at the local Best Buy? The fascinating thing about New Media is that the tools and the techniques allow average people to do extraordinary things.
Tell me what you think of the panoramas!