Category: "High Dynamic Range"
I should be able to give you the name of this three you'll find all across the Seychelles, but alas, I'm a molecular biologist and no botanist... Anyway I really loved these trees, often reaching heights of around 5-10m with remarkably few leaves and bright pink blossoms. The seeds can be seen here as very long and dark seed pouches. This picture was taken next to the church in Baie Lazare. If anybody can help me with the name, that'd be great!
This picture was taken on the small path that leads from the Eastern most point of the Baie Lazare beach back to the village. Although on first sight, all looks pristine, however some parts along this road (and many others) are covered with ALL kinds of garbage. The government tries to fight this phenomenon by campaigns in school and the public, with moderate success.
You probably know this picture as a regular reader of my blog. It recently made it as a finalist to the World Photography awards, and is a HDR from the attic of the Palais de Justice in Luxembourg city, the 17th century court house. So if you ever wondered what a 360°x360° panorama from the room behind that mysterious door would look like, please click HERE to see it... and please give it a couple of seconds to download.
This may sound as the titel of a mediocre B-movie, for once, this is not the case. After showeling some 40cm of fresh snow on Saturday, I discovered that there was a parcel waiting for me. Yes, my Panosaurus (stupidest name ever award for that...) spherical panorama head for my tripod had arrived. For a while I have been fescinated by panormaic photography, but I lacked one tool that makes it all much easier: a panoramic head to mount the camera. As those usually cost some 500$ I never thought of buying one, until I discovered the cheap Panosaurus. It is not terribly robust, but hey, for 70$, who dares to complain. And it does quite a good job as well. Although my camera with my big lens is much too heavy, I manages to get some decent panoramas. The pain however is to assemble them (I use PtGUI) on my MacBook. 1GB RAM is clearly not enough, and the assembly of a 360°x180° HDR panorama, using 70 32Bit HDR pictures at 12MPixels each took some 24 hours and over 100GB of temp space (lucky I have some external HDDs...). I'm only in the beginning of discovering these tools, so the results are far from being perfect. However, if you have a quicktime plugin, click on the picture below and you'll be able to navigate and zoom through the picture. The resolution is quite poor though, I had to render it from 19600x9300 pixels down to 800x400... Hope you'll enjoy it, it certainly won't be the last you'll encounter here. This is the Harvard Arboretum btw, covered with 40 cm of snow.