More of the woods.

Besides Stanley running into the shots, we’ve had a good time during a brief week of sunshine here in Vancouver. The new lens is working well and I’ve actually spent two days shooting with the camera set to manual. Lots of mistakes, but it’s slowly coming together.

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Another day in the park.

Off the path...

Spanish Banks - Off the path...


This Pano didn’t turn out as expected. I was going for a full set of bracketed exposures to create a proper HDRI with when it started snowing! So much for a pleasant day at the beach. I took this in a hurry, and it shows.
Spanish Banks Starting to Snow.

Sigma 10-20 mm lens.One thing that is slowing me down is my stock lens. With the sensor in my camera making the focal length a little longer, I’ve had to take 15 images for each 360 degree “strip” of the panorama. Not only is this time consuming, but it means I’m ingesting far more data than needed. 27k wide panoramas sound great, but it’s overkill for my purposes. To that end, a Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM lens mysteriously appeared today. With the wider viewing angle, it means I’ll need far fewer snaps.

Now to take the bracketed exposures more quickly. Right now I can set up the camera to take three automatically, enough for creating “HDRI snapshots” but not nearly enough for technical work. I can do multiple sets of these brackets manually but, well, some other options I’ll be exploring:


Stanley and Scarlet

Stanley and friend having a bit of a wrestle. Off screen is a picture window and at times they’ll draw quite a crowd..

Stanley and Scarlett – Ultimate Battle from Christopher Stewart on Vimeo.


…and took some photos. I haven’t shot a panorama in ages, so I thought it time to get back into it again. Canon T2i, stock lens and Manfrotto Pano head. Original is 27,389 x 5430 tone mapped HDR.

Panorama in Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Into the woods with the dog I go.


An attempt to make a very thick fog vapor..

Enough smoke. Time to move on…


Nothing but smoke filling a tall box. Mucking about with Houdini gas and fluid parameters is fun!

Smoke Filling A Tall Box – click this link and expand to full-screen to watch in HD on Vimeo


I do have a fondness for messiahStudio, having used it since early days. I still animate in it and bring the data elsewhere via MDD. Everything else just seems so slow.

In any case, they’ve got a marketing campaign on where you get the package, pro or basic for a ridiculous price ($40.00 or $10.00), but only if they get enough people signing up.

You’ve got (almost) nothing to loose, and it helps me to procrastinate learning to rig in anything else!¬† PMG “Dare to Share” $10 Challenge.


Wacom config under linux

More of a reminder to myself than a post, but perhaps somebody else will find it useful. I’ve just configured Houdini to run on my Linux box and found I didn’t have the middle mouse configured correctly. To be fair, the tablet wasn’t working well at all. This is what I ended up changing in my “wacom.conf” to make things run bit smoother. I’ll update this as I learn more but it’s behaving itself quite well now.

Option "Button2" "3"
Option "Button3" "2"
Option "KeepShape" "on"
Option "Type" "stylus"
Option "TPCButton" "off"
Option "Threshold" "200"


A number of people have posted comments or e-mailed regarding the status of Flay.Com’s previous site. Unfortunately, the plug-in database and web pages contain a good deal of content that was sent to me with permission to publish. I can’t just hand it over for somebody else to do the same. It’s a matter of respecting other’s intellectual property.

Since I have neither the time nor the inclination to go through every page, entry and posting to decide the status of each, I’m afraid the database won’t be going anywhere in the foreseeable¬† future. Sorry. There are other alternatives available out there and I suggest that the more they are supported, the more likely they will stay maintained in the future.


Stanley Up a Mountain

Stanley On The Snow Took a great drive with some visiting friends just before Christmas and Lee snapped this of Stanley. Mercilessly swiped from his Flicker account.