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.
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.
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:
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.