Drew

I'm Drew Steedly (steedly@microsoft.com) and am the scientist that has been leading the charge in developing the synther.


Banana Joe
Banana Joe
Canuck117 (Over 1 year ago)
WOW. Agreed, great point cloud. 130 photos?! I have to step up my game...

CoryRS (Over 1 year ago)
I did a banana synth too. Someone told me this was my competition, but this isn't even the actual banana. You did a great job.

Odd-and-Even (Over 1 year ago)
Do not let this one "slip" past you.

nutterguy (Over 1 year ago)
That point cloud is amazing. Good job!

spider805 (Over 1 year ago)
I nearly reached through my monitor to grab that fruit. This is fantastic!

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Red Rocks
Red Rocks
stschoener (Over 1 year ago)
Very interesting - especially the cloud-"point cloud".

Scott (Over 1 year ago)
This reminds me of the landscapes Bryce generated back in the day..

houdan (Over 1 year ago)
There are really nice pictures!!!!

Drew (Over 1 year ago)
Nice. Photosynth breaks the skybox illusion a little :-). Hit 'p' to show the point cloud and then hold down 'e' to see how high the textured sky plane is.

TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
Way cool! Love the concept. Im going to check to Terragen out.

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Spirals
Spirals
adam_mitchell55 (Over 1 year ago)
Definitely unique. What gave you the idea?

benroks (Over 1 year ago)
Agreed, agreed! Very artistic and crative

Drew (Over 1 year ago)
Agreed! This is very interesting.

Jonathan (Over 1 year ago)
This is really neat. Thanks for creating it.

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housE
housE
photographyhouseproject (Over 1 year ago)
thanks!

Drew (Over 1 year ago)
Interesting design. I'm a bit surprised by the piece of wood you have strapping the roof rafters together. I guess you can get away without a ridge pole since the "rafters" (if that is what they are called) are secured to the ground? Also, you could try walking around the model if you retry the synth. When you put objects on a turntable and rotate them, the feature matcher will often lock onto the background instead of the object. This is especially true when the background is more textured than the subject. You can see that the point cloud is mainly on the wall and floor.

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model home
model home
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
Wow, how long did that take to build? How did you take the pictures with the circular crop on them? Check out the other house synth that was just uploaded (http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=e328ce51-32ea-4606-8f77-3cd003925339). Is this just coincidence? Also, you can try walking around the house instead of spinning it to get a better synth. The synther assumes the entire world is stationary and can get confused when the subject moves differently than the background.

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Hand with a Stone // Henry Moore objects
Hand with a Stone // Henry Moore objects
lehche (Over 1 year ago)
beatiful

lkeeper11 (Over 1 year ago)
That's the best one i've seen

giocaroby86 (Over 1 year ago)
It's wonderfull with point cloud! Amazing

Fred_Oxford (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks - this is very useful information - Cardinal and I have been shooting the Cochin ceramic animals indoors, and although the point clouds are well devleoped they do not as dense as you achieved in this synth - excellent.

Ultrasound (Over 1 year ago)
Yes, with indoor lighting high aperture values are not possible. I think for a good point cloud higher aperture values are favorable.

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Unveiling of Queen Mother Statue
Unveiling of Queen Mother Statue
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
You did a fantastic job capturing the detail shots and a great point cloud. This is very interesting, easy to navigate synth.

dariusmonsef (Over 1 year ago)
Yes, that is a very good dark point cloud. Could you geotag this please so I can see it on the map.

Fred_Oxford (Over 1 year ago)
Great work - and on the day it was unveiled! The point cloud also turned out really well! It is unusual to have such good point definition on dark objects.

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Billar, pool, Billiard, Billard
Billar, pool, Billiard, Billard
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
This is a great concept for a synth. It looks like most of the matches are tying to the pictures on the wall instead of the table.

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Paris from the Eifle Tower
Paris from the Eifle Tower
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
Nice synth! I took one from the Eiffel tower as well, but didn't have quite the zoom lens that you have. The shot you got of the Arc de Triumph is impressive. What a clear day!

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Petra
Petra
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
We try to figure out the orientation from the image metadata as well as the reconstruction, but it seems to have failed for this one. If you rotate the images upright before synthing them, it should come out better.

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Lion in Musee D'Orsay
Lion in Musee D'Orsay
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
Great synth! I love the Orsay Museum. Not only is the building it is in fantastic, but the density of amazing pieces is really phenomenal.

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Rosson House
Rosson House
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
What a fantastic synth! You did a great job of getting all the way around the house. Is that vignetting in the corners of the images due to the lens? Or did you have a shade on? The house is really beautiful as well ;-).

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Rust and Oxidation
Rust and Oxidation
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for the information. By backward shadowing, do you mean you'd like the blue background cloth to not show up in the point cloud so that you only see the foreground objects? A full 3D surface model (instead of just a point cloud) would capture the occlusions correctly. This is a harder problem to crack than just figuring out the camera positions and sparse point cloud, but certainly looks feasible for the synths you've been generating.

Jonathan (Over 1 year ago)
you've taken still-life to new levels with Photosynth. thanks!

Ultrasound (Over 1 year ago)
I found these three objects at the coastline of Helgoland, a small island in the northern sea (see geotag). I don't know exactly what the rusty object originally was - maybe something from an old wooden ship. Now it looks like an archaic object. The stone is a special flint from Helgoland with a beautiful colored surface. For 2009 I wish, that there is a "backward shadowing" function in photosynth -> to accentuate the foreground of the point cloud. In this example the total transparency of the point cloud is not useful. What do you mean?

Drew (Over 1 year ago)
This is really captivating. Where did you get these two objects (and what are they)?

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TaylorGrandConcert
TaylorGrandConcert
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
We need to get a few more shots of the head and back to tie in next time!

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Tonka
Tonka
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
Nice horse you have in your house Sully ;).

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wallnut tree
wallnut tree
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
Nice point cloud! I like how you have the approach shots.

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test17
test17
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
What an awesome point cloud. I love the shots of the polar bear. Once you find one of the shots, you can use ',' and '.' to go back and forth in time.

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MathieuM68_Test3
MathieuM68_Test3
MathieuM68 (Over 1 year ago)
Yes...I've notice...I will try again this weekend, with more intermediate pictures....Missing to somes links between the upper part and the lower part...(Maybe the algorithm has more difficulty when not at the same level...???)

Drew (Over 1 year ago)
What a great point cloud...787 photos and 97% synthy is impressive! Another way to shoot photos going around a house is to keep the camera pointed at the house and orbit around it. If you take photos every few meters in a circle around the house you might be able to get it all tied together with only a few hundred photos. The trees next to the driveway make it so you have to get pretty close to the house on the left side. You might need to take more photos on that side to get it connected.

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PhotoSynthTest6
PhotoSynthTest6
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
What a neat way to capture a photo album. It's really cool to see the photos organized on the wall. If you took the photos out and scanned them they'd probably synth in well and let you get really crisp zoomed in shots. I've got some family photos from several generations back hanging on our wall...I should give this a try!

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Pontypool Park Clock Tower
Pontypool Park Clock Tower
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
Nice job! The point cloud is fantastic and the arrow navigation works quite well.

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The Swamp
The Swamp
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
Go Gators! I graduated in 94! Should be an exciting year! Do you have any photos of the real stadium?

GWF (Over 1 year ago)
This is a really fun synth with a woderful point cloud. Using the halo for navigation is especially cool. I suggest that you grab the halo, hit the control key, and spin around.

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Anselm's first tooth fairy event
Anselm's first tooth fairy event
Drew (Over 1 year ago)
The tooth fairy that came to our house left a gold dollar. One tip from my daughter is that you might be able to keep the tooth *and* the coin on your first lost tooth if you leave a note for the tooth fairy.

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