Archive for August, 2009

Exploring a new trend: panorama photos

Friday, August 7th, 2009

You know how things are when you are on vacation – often your mind gets reset, refreshed, and inspired. All of a sudden you have the desire to try something new. For me, I had exactly this experience on our trip to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Québec. I discovered the beauty of panorama photos. Yes, those very wide shots composed from several photos.

Now, I hear some of you yawning. “Not that again!”, you say, “that is soo old”. That may be so, but for me it was a new and exciting experience. I have not tried it before (dunno why), and to be honest, I don’t know exactly what is so exciting about panorama photos. Is it the weird format? The huge sizes? Or the ability to zoom into the scene while still being able to “look around”? Well, probably a combination of all of these factors. But I think these shots are exciting.

Add to that a beautiful scenery, and you could end up with a couple of fantastic photos.

Take these four examples:


Panorama of Tadoussac, Québec, Canada
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Panorama of Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Panorama of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Panorama of Montréal, Québec, Canada
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(Click on the photos to see them larger. Warning: large files!)

I still feel a certain tingling and excitement when looking at those shots, a feeling that I rarely experience.

The original files have been stitched together manually using Photoshop (with the exception of the Digby shot, where Autostitch did a good job). The resulting images are huge, even for me, who uses a 1Ds mark III for the daily work. The size of the Taddoussac panorama, for example, is 18637 x 2811 pixel. At 200 dpi this would allow for a print 2.37 m wide (but just 36 cm high). At this resolution you would hardly see any artefacts on the print, so you could view this photo very very close and still enjoy all the details.

Isn’t that pure fun?

Oktoberfest 2009 – just seven more weeks to go!

Saturday, August 1st, 2009


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Ah, it’s that time of the year again – Oktoberfest is approaching: Exactly seven weeks from now we will hear Munich’s Lord Mayor, Christian Ude, yell “O’zapt is”, and then we will have sixteen days of utter madness in the city. A good indicator for the upcoming festival is that people have already started to talk about who will go when, and with whom, and to which tent. Yep, a certain energy can be felt in the city. It’s Oktoberfest time. Wonderful.

So I thought it might be a good idea to see how much of the festival can actually be seen already. Well, the summer was OK for Munich so far, and the workers could make good progress over the past weeks. The big tents are up, some of them even have their tarpaulins already. The tents are surrounding by containers, and workers are busy drilling, hammering, pulling, hauling, and moving stuff.

Meanwhile, the city is also preparing for the rush. Hotels seem to have still some capacity, especially from Monday to Thursday. Until now, the booking was slightly slower than in previous years. This does not come as a surprise, given that many people across the world are feeling the pinch of the economic crisis. Oktoberfest 2009 won’t be a record-year for the tent-owners. But then again, the Oktoberfest will still be packed with people, and they will be enjoying the beer as they did in the years before. (The only difference for locals and ad-hoc tourists will be that they will be able to get benches and tables more easily.)

If you want to know more about the Munich Oktoberfest, please visit our sister site, Oktoberfest Insider where you can find the ultimate Oktoberfest FAQ as well as photos, tips on how to dress, and links to hotels that are close to the festival.

The photos below represent the status as of yesterday, Friday 31st July 2009.


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