Cranking up Microsoft’s Photosynth Again

Posted in Photography Tricks on February 9th, 2009 by MadDog
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When I had Madang – Ples Bilong Mi moved to a new server a lot of things stopped working. One thing that I wanted to do again is Microsoft Photosynth scenes. If you missed my post on the subject and want to see what the fuss is about, click here.

Here is the original Photosynth scene of my office (messy, but convenient – I didn’t have to leave my chair):

The controls are easy to figure out. The only thing that’s not obvious is that you can press the “p” key on your keyboard and see the mathematical points that have been calculated to blend the images. Press “p” again to go back to the scene.

I have a lot of ideas for Photosynthy stuff. How about:

  • A Walk Through a Rain Forest
  • A Visit to a Papua New Guinea Village
  • A Stroll Through a Village House.
  • A “Virtual SCUBA Dive”
  • The cool thing is that it’s like a movie, but YOU get to decide where the camera is pointing and where the camera goes. You can navigate to any place where a picture was blended in and you can zoom in or out, turn around, walk the other way, go through doors (even closed doors!), or look right down at the cameraman’s feet (if he shot them).

    Oh yeah, I’m going to be fooling around with this!


    Sorry I Misled You

    Posted in Humor, Photography Tricks on October 20th, 2008 by MadDog
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    My fellow blogger Robert@PNG pointed out to me that my link to the Microsoft Photosynth site was bombing out. I have fixed it now.

    I felt so sad that I had to take a picture to record the moment*:

    So sorry

    The image above is one that you probably won’t  want to click to enlarge.

    * Okay, okay. there was  a problem with the link to the Photosynth site. However, this entirely superfluous post’s only purpose is to show another example of the stupid tricks you can do so easily with the Photoshop Liquify filter. Believe me, you could teach your dog to use it.