Tale of a Pano
- Life has been a bit grim here in Japan, so it was a relief and a joy
to welcome the brief cherry blossom season when it opened the other
day. Blessed with blue skies (unusual here, where off-white haze is
the rule for most of the year), I put camera, lenses, ring mount and
monopod in my rucksack and cycled along the banks of the Nogawa
river, which runs past our condominium. The blossoms were not quite
in full bloom, but made a brave show, and I took a couple of
panoramas, intending to come back later. Unfortunately, the weather
broke, so these may be the only two this year...
I was sad to find that I must have moved the monopod while taking
one of them, because it was a beast to stitch and retouch. I can't
remember when I spent longer to produce a half-way decent panorama.
I don't think I could have done it at all without the latest
"Mask" functions of PTgui. Gotta love that program!
I also found out that the lens must have slipped inside the ring
mount, as it left a large hole at the zenith than the nadir, and
branches and flowers overhead made patching the former much more
trouble than the latter. Sigh. I usually have it the other way
around, floors being usually less interesting AND less trouble.
It's still marred with my inexpexpert PhotoShop technique, but
captures something of the atmosphere.
They head the "Rogerama" collection at Photosynth if anyone is
interested. One of them has my pride-and-joy mountain bike in