Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Picnic Panorama


We got out for another ride today after several days of inactivity. After going a little further still, we stopped at our usual (as of late) spot for a picnic lunch. Today, I decided to try a panorama. The above is a total of nine photos stitched together. I can see too many stitch borders for my liking, but it I enjoyed the process if not the result. While I don't think the result is that bad, the anal-perfectionist side of me wants to do better. The real version of this stitch is about 30" wide by 5" high. That's the problem with panoramas, and then when you reduce it to screen and blog width, it all looks rather miniscule, and one wonders why one bothers.


Although it was a cool, breezy day, we bettered our previous best by 10k and managed to do 60k in all. We tried a new route along country, but paved, roads and enjoyed ourselves a lot. The trouble with continually extending our mileage is that it eats more and more time. I resemble a chirpy morning person not in the least, but I managed to hit the road by ten o'clock today, and I am toying with an even earlier start tomorrow.


This cycling addiction, along with the spring need for attention to gardens, and our recent round of decorating has taken the keen edge off blogging it seems. I feel as though my posts have been much less than meaningful lately, but something has to give. And even though it often becomes a quick scan, I am still reading your posts &mdash not commenting as I should but reading nonetheless.


Bless.


 

10 comments:

Guinevere Meadow said...

I SO need to go digital and quit messing around with all this film nonsense. :) I'd love to be able to stitch together photos like that. One of these days....

Karla said...

60K!?!?!?
You make me feel like a lazy oaf with my measly 2K walks....

Glad to hear you did infact go for the extra 10k!

-epm said...

Damn you! Damn you and your beautiful Canadian weather, healthy lifestyle and artistic digital and photographic talents!

Meanwhile, I sit here in Deertown watching the cold damp rain fall on my mossy yard for the fifth day in a row, without so much as [i]hint[/i] of a sun-induced shadow to break the monotony. And it looks like this coming weekend will make it four weekends in a row without sunshine...

Oy!
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By the way; love the shot. I mean it. Beautiful shot. Do you take orders and offer framing choices?

Heather said...

I tried and tried, and I can't see ANY stitch marks, even when I looked at the larger version. And believe me, I have my own perfectionist tendencies when it comes to graphics!

Good job!

-epm said...

I tried and tried, and I can't see ANY stitch marks, even when I looked at the larger version.

Yes, the man has a gift. Anvilcloud did me a huge favour recently by stiching together a nearly impossible four-shot pan with nary anartifact.

I think he may be in league with the devil... or George Lucas... But then I'm being redundant. :)

Mel said...

Great photo!

Iona said...

Well, I can see a few stitch lines as well, but it's very well done! The sky is evenly blue! How did you manage that?! With me I get different shades of blue if I try stitching a sky together. Probably because of the sunlight...
Well have a nice weekend! Oh, and I really like the picture! Nice colors and just a beautiful panorame shot!

swamp4me said...

I have never even attempted to use the panorama feature on my camera -- you have inspired me to give it a try.

Btw, have you ever visited a blog by the name of Digital Doorway? digitaldoorway.blogspot.com
If not, give it a look. I think you might like it.

swamp4me said...

I just realized that comment might lead you to believe it is a blog about digital photography -- it isn't!

Lora said...

I think it's a great photo. Perhaps your long bike rides are just stilling you mind enough that you feel less need to blog.