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    billyw55's Avatar

    The Nodal Point - part 2

    Very interesting articles and very informative . I would like to buy one of these brackets but can not afford it right now.
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    Posted 12-18-2009 at 11:16 AM by billyw55 billyw55 is offline
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    Toni Lasola's Avatar

    Photography technicalities

    thanks.. this is one will work for me.
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    Posted 11-12-2008 at 05:42 AM by Toni Lasola Toni Lasola is offline
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    Janet Petty's Avatar

    The Art of Cropping

    Technically (or not) speaking about the golden mean and cropping...

    I look at it this way. If I draw a square. Then I take a diagonal measurement of that square, draw in a straight line the exact length of that measurement straight along one of the square's sides, I can create a rectangle that is the golden mean. I can take the original square and the resulting two rectangles and continue to break up that pattern over and over with the same proportions.
    Clear as mud? I had a drawing but couldn't make it show up in this post. But I did create a thread in the photography forum. ( http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...tml#post193446 )We used to play with the golden mean as an art form in art classes. It was sort of addicting as was designing with the Fibonacci mathematical sequence.
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    Posted 05-22-2008 at 09:28 PM by Janet Petty Janet Petty is offline
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    Frank Lopes's Avatar

    The Nodal Point - part 2

    Generally speaking the nodal point issue with an Hasselblad camera is the same as with any other cameras. Remember that it is the lens that will define where the nodal point is.
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    Posted 03-10-2008 at 06:22 AM by Frank Lopes Frank Lopes is offline
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    The Nodal Point - part 2

    interesting information, there wasn't any mention of Hasselblads on any of those links unfortunately...
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    Posted 03-09-2008 at 12:02 AM by pixelzombie pixelzombie is offline
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    Janet Petty's Avatar

    Stitching software

    Thank you for the exhaustive list. I've actually tried a couple of those programs.

    Adobe Photoshop CS3 (obviously) and find it does a wonderful job. Couldn't say that about CS2.

    Ptgui is a program that also does a wonderful job. I have a friend who uses it exclusively; and the panos he makes are remarkable.

    I also tried the free program autostitch. IMHO, you get what you pay for with this program. Yes, it did a great job stitching the pano together. It also gave me a final file size of about 200 kb. I couldn't even print it. To be fair, it might have been me and my infamous ability to get it wrong. Too late, I deleted it from the computer after a couple of trials.

    Janet
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    Posted 01-31-2008 at 05:32 PM by Janet Petty Janet Petty is offline
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    Frank Lopes's Avatar

    The Art of Cropping

    If you were to crop it using the golden mean rule, how would you crop the image?
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    Posted 01-19-2008 at 06:25 PM by Frank Lopes Frank Lopes is offline
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    The Art of Cropping

    Frank, I think cropping is EXTREMELY important and very often totally neglected.

    Folks will spend hours retouching / enhancing / painting images and not even consider for a minute how much a "simple" crop could improve the result.
    It's not an easy subject, and it's difficult to find good advice.

    One thing that always makes me cringe is when they roll out the "rule of thirds" as being "balanced". Quite the contrary! If you put something at one of the thirds,you'll call attention to the other third. Put something there and you've got balance (and symmetry), leave it blank and it gets uncomfortble.
    Two thirds is 0.6666, golden mean is 0.6180 - it does make a difference.

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    Posted 01-19-2008 at 01:53 PM by byRo byRo is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar

    Thank you Herbert Keppler

    When I was a teen, I started reading Modern Photography, and read it off and on during my 20's - 30's. I couldn't afford any new equipment, but I remember reading the reviews and thinking about what I'd get when I could finally afford a 35mm SLR.

    Thanks, Mr. Keppler for sharing your passion and knowledge with me and many others over many years.
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    Posted 01-10-2008 at 01:45 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Mining Art's Avatar

    The Nodal Point - part 1

    Great Info Frank, Thanks
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    Posted 01-10-2008 at 11:00 AM by Mining Art Mining Art is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar

    The Nodal Point - part 1

    I had no idea what a nodal point was, or why I'd want to know, but as always, your explanation answers both questions. Then just as I was wondering "how the heck am I supposed to know where it is on my camera?", you also explain that those answers will be forthcoming - well done.
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    Posted 01-07-2008 at 11:59 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Frank Lopes's Avatar

    Something different

    Nice Zeppelin hangar!!
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    Posted 01-04-2008 at 04:14 PM by Frank Lopes Frank Lopes is offline
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    New panorama links

    Another recommended link to visit is Max Lyons Digital Image Gallery. He stitched a gigapixel image (over 1,000,000,000 pixels) which was exhibited in Las Vegas in 2004.To stitch the images he has develop his own program, PTAssembler, a front end GUI for the powerful Panorama Tools.
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    Posted 01-04-2008 at 02:09 PM by Jaime Jaime is offline
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    Mining Art's Avatar

    Here is a different pano sequence

    I also tried this program, not to bad. You can control stitch points and other settings. Free trail and only $10US to purchase.

    http://www.zoner.com/panorama-maker
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    Posted 01-04-2008 at 12:57 AM by Mining Art Mining Art is offline
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    Frank Lopes's Avatar

    Here is a different pano sequence

    You need to post it somewhere
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    Posted 01-03-2008 at 09:03 AM by Frank Lopes Frank Lopes is offline
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    Frank Lopes's Avatar

    Old panoramic photos

    My guess is, the stitching was done in the darkroom.
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    Posted 01-03-2008 at 08:40 AM by Frank Lopes Frank Lopes is offline
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    Mining Art's Avatar

    Here is a different pano sequence

    I used AutoStitch to make a pretty nice one. Do I have to put the image on the net somewhere, I do not see a way to upload an image to your Blog.
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    Posted 01-02-2008 at 10:39 PM by Mining Art Mining Art is offline
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    Old panoramic photos

    Nice old pictures. Did they use a special camera and film, or were they joined in the dark room, spliced?
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    Posted 01-02-2008 at 10:27 PM by Mining Art Mining Art is offline
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    Janet Petty's Avatar

    This is a Rant: things I resent

    You asked, "What gets to you in photography?"

    The first and foremost thing that gets to me in photography has nothing to do with photography and everything to do with life. You see, it just gets in the way sometimes. When I want to go shoot, the weather doesn't cooperate; or my dear hubby has other plans; or my picture taking friends aren't available, etc. etc.

    Mostly it is the latter of the three. Where I usually go, it pays to be on the buddy system. We have rugged hills, poisonous critters, nasty bugs, rabid skunks........... Did I mention isolated? Wouldn't want to get in trouble in them thar woods...alone.

    I absolutely LOVE shooting digital. I've saved more money than I've spent just in film and processing costs alone. I feel I'm a better photographer now than ever. Viva la digital! Who cares how many pixels as long at it does what you want!

    As for keepers: About 3-5 in a 150. The culling process began in earnest when I ran out of hard drive space the first time. Notice I said the first time.

    Replying to the subject of this blog, I love panos. My contest entry for this month (Jan 08) is a pano. Enjoy.
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    Posted 01-02-2008 at 05:45 PM by Janet Petty Janet Petty is offline
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    teresavigil's Avatar

    This is a Rant: things I resent

    the camera body never matter, might be wanted but not mattered, what i have though always mattered was great glass, I cried when i sold my 4x5 but you know thigns chandge and move on, i know what kind of mood your in, time to buy somethign new for your gear- been down this road and that will kick you out of that downer mood-
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    Posted 12-31-2007 at 09:40 PM by teresavigil teresavigil is offline

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