Nathanael

I'm a 33 year old technology enthusiast from Papua New Guinea, currently living in Salem, Oregon.

I've been a fan of Photosynth ever since I read about it on Bill Crow's HDPhoto blog and watched Blaise Agüera y Arcas' famous presentation from TED 2007.

My interests in the applications of Photosynths are many: from next generation image and video editing and restoration to 3D modeling of the real world.

Much of my time is spent trying to further understand the technical workings of Photosynth, in what directions it intends to grow in the immediate future, discovering the most efficient and elegant methods of capturing descriptive and accurate pointclouds, and using that knowledge to teach others where they can improve their results most quickly.

Mail: natelawrence@live.com


Dun Aonghasa
Dun Aonghasa
Nathanael (1 month ago)
Hey, Darren, have you given the Photosynth 2 Tech Preview a look yet? Would love to get your take on it. Check out http://photosynth.net/preview and http://photosynth.net/help to get started and drop by the forum too. Hope to see you around, N

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2014 06 06 Seakrest Friday Pano 05 North Outlook
2014 06 06 Seakrest Friday Pano 05 North Outlook
Nathanael (2 months ago)
ICE's stitching errors on the background are really frustrating here. Using multiple exposures at each camera orientation or locking in a manual exposure would have avoided the glaring differences in lighting as well.

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View from St Peter's Basilica over Rome
View from St Peter's Basilica over Rome
Tende-Pensiline (7 months ago)
Grazie per avermi fatto rivivere i momenti più belli della mia gioventù. 35 anni fa ero là sopra ad ammirare il panorama di Roma più bello. Giulio

LissaCoffey (11 months ago)
Awesome job. Could use a lot more highlights, so much to see Thanks http://the-fitness-magazine.tumblr.com/

Altura_Suites (Over 1 year ago)
How do you wrap the flat panorama??

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
@Candres10, this is a panorama, created with Microsoft Image Composite Editor, not a Photosynth. Photosynths are good for moving through and around things, whereas panoramas are good for getting a big view from one point of view. You can download ICE here: http://bit.ly/microsoftice

MCSD_MVP (Over 1 year ago)
Absolutely classic www.sqlservermanagementstudio.net

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Iguazu Falls, Argentina
wienStart (Over 1 year ago)
wow!

theMink (Over 1 year ago)
visited in 2003 and this brings it back home to me...a fantastic place in a fantastic country. Great work.

synthfeatured (Over 1 year ago)
Congratulations, this synth was featured on the Photosynth homepage.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Now that is my kind of beautiful.

crrrl (Over 1 year ago)
I love how the synth really brings out the breadth of the falls. Really nice.

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Colby Holiday Inn Express Hotel Lobby
Colby Holiday Inn Express Hotel Lobby
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
HTML embed code is available just below the panorama viewer for embedding into a webpage on your own site. When you copy and paste it, take note of the two True/False switches. If you want the panorama to load along with the rest of the page without your user having to click it once, switch delayLoad=false and if you want the highlight tour to begin playing automatically, then change slideShowPlaying=true.

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Roman Amphitheatre Vindonissa, Windisch
Roman Amphitheatre Vindonissa, Windisch
SwissView (Over 1 year ago)
Thank you both for the comments!

garretbaquet (Over 1 year ago)
The overhead view is killer!

garretbaquet (Over 1 year ago)
Outstanding Work! The thought, effort, planning and attention to detail are appreciated! It hardly matters if it is 100% Synthy or if every photo aligns perfectly... if it is 100% Effective. Thank you for sharing!

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Well done!

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Newporter Garden View
Newporter Garden View
JohnWKnight (Over 1 year ago)
thanks for the tip. Will do.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Not too shabby! There are certainly a few stitching errors, but overall nothing to be sad about, considering this is still new to you. =) These little anomalies might be helped by getting a panoramic tripod: http://bit.ly/dwkpsngvtrunks http://bit.ly/dwkpsngvpath http://bit.ly/dwkpsngvfronds And this one could be helped just by waiting for folks to move before taking a shot. =) http://bit.ly/dwkpsngvlegs Here's a little helpful reading for anyone who's new to shooting panoramas: http://www.johnhpanos.com/epcalib.htm All the best! Your fellow panner and synther, N

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Akashi Kaikyō bridge
Akashi Kaikyō bridge
golgodenka (Over 1 year ago)
素晴らしい !!

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Whoa.

MarcoIE (Over 1 year ago)
Holy cow!!!

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Domaine de la Hamberie
Domaine de la Hamberie
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hamberie, I have replied to your question on the forum with something that may help you, although it is not exactly what you requested. http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=ceca0f30-0f7c-4468-811a-32b623ea8563&dis=a936d875-7f83-4f90-a773-86818dc01544 After you receive this message please feel free to delete this comment.

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Home Garden
Home Garden
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Nice work! Adding some highlights and a little description would put this panorama over the top.

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Smithsonian_3D_Lab
Smithsonian_3D_Lab
berweik (Over 1 year ago)
Now how actually touches the screen with his fingers :P

Schwattz (Over 1 year ago)
Awesome

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
=)

Smithsonian_3D (Over 1 year ago)
@Nathanael- yes oompa loompa indeed. We tend to go heavy when we are tone mapping just for fun.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Although, perhaps you'll concede, Matt, that the skin tones came out a little on the Oompa-Loompa end of the spectrum. =P

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Coquille River Bridge
Coquille River Bridge
agentlossing (Over 1 year ago)
I shot in rows. I did my best to level my tripod, which was not easy given the terrain, and then did three 360-degree rows.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Beautiful capture! Did you shoot in rows or columns? The top and bottom of your pano seem fairly smooth, so I'm guessing rows.

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My dad's guitar
My dad's guitar
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hello, trinosan, I replied to you on the Forum. I'm not sure if you ever saw my answer, though. http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=ceca0f30-0f7c-4468-811a-32b623ea8563&dis=2ae64d29-ce5e-4667-8390-ede5b436e60f

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Dog walk
Dog walk
chris10164 (Over 1 year ago)
thanks man! :)

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Great shot! =)

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Bean-Brown Theatre
Bean-Brown Theatre
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I dig it! How about adding a bit of a description and some highlights to tell us what all goes on here?

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Rock Mtn. Lakes Baptist Church Sanctuary Panorama
Rock Mtn. Lakes Baptist Church Sanctuary Panorama
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Ouchie. Those big blank walls and ceilings don't offer much in the way of visual texture for ICE or Photosynth to lock onto. I'm guessing this was all taken freehand?

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stpauls baseball field
stpauls baseball field
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, Wilder, Sorry to not see your message sooner. I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "not all my pics will load." or "it stops at 72 percent.". Whenever you upload a photosynth, all the photos will upload to the website and will be viewable. If you're talking about the 'synthy score' of 92% on this synth, that just tells you how many of your photos Photosynth was able to match to each other. If you switch to 2D View (sometimes called Grid Mode), you can see the groups of photos that connected to each other. In this synth, the bottom row in 2D View are photos that did not match any other photos in the synth. For tips on what Photosynth is able to match be sure to save a copy of the Photosynth Photography Guide from http://photosynth.net/help.aspx#photosynthhelp You may also find these discussions helpful: http://bit.ly/shootingforreconstruction http://bit.ly/sinkorsynth

wilderwing (Over 1 year ago)
doing a football field this time

wilderwing (Over 1 year ago)
this is wilder not all my pics will load it stops at 72 percent is there like a limit

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, wilderwing, When you're logged into your account here, you should click the [ Edit this Photosynth ] button below the lower edge of Photosynth's viewer on this page. Once you're in the editor, go to the second tab and zoom in on the map until you find the baseball field. I'm guessing this is your field: http://binged.it/wfhqIR Then, drag the pushpin from the right hand panel onto the point where you were standing to take your photos. When it's in the right spot, click the [Save] button and your synth will be geotagged and a link to view it on Bing Maps will appear here on your synth's view page.

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Master Bedroom 9940 El Monte St
Master Bedroom 9940 El Monte St
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Glad to see you made it! All that's missing from this now is some highlights and maybe a short description to give your viewers something to latch onto.

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Red and White, Too - Off-Rhode Studio
Red and White, Too - Off-Rhode Studio
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Spectacular!

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Doxon Toyota
Doxon Toyota
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Ooh. This was a speedy one. Maybe a little too speedy.

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El Roble
El Roble
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Beautiful! If only everyone could have a home like this!

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Bravern 2
Bravern 2
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I'm disappointed by the lack of mention of WinPhone on the whiteboard. On the plus side, the Samsung Focus on the desk is the first WinPhone I've seen lying around Bravern 2.

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Lakefront in the Snow
Lakefront in the Snow
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Gorgeous capture!

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Untitled
Untitled
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
This is a really well shot panorama! A lot of people who use the mobile app tend to move the camera too much between input shots to get a good clean stitch like you've achieved. Keep it up!

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Collins Barracks, Dublin
Collins Barracks, Dublin
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
For those interested in learning a little more about the setting, read up at: http://bit.ly/collinsbarrackswiki

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Osborne Family Spectacle Of Dancing Lights
Osborne Family Spectacle Of Dancing Lights
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Looks like the lens was a little fingerprinty, but the light show is pretty great. Thanks for sharing.

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Uncle Beazley
Uncle Beazley
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Windows users who use Internet Explorer or Firefox 3 (no, not Firefox 4 - 8) will also enjoy pointcloud better in the Direct3D viewer: http://photosynth.net/d3d/photosynth.aspx?cid=c7563ae9-a36b-43e4-86af-075d9c08dabe

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Salmon river by Welches
Salmon river by Welches
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Good going! Glad to see you're up and running with ICE. Here's a tip: If you add your name (or your Photosynth username if you want to maintain privacy) to the 'Author' tag in your photos' metadata before putting them into ICE, the name you entered will appear next to the photography license in the lower left corner of your panorama. For panoramas, every image used to stitch the pano must have the same 'Author' name. For photosynths, each photo can have its own unique author if that's appropriate. You can easily select all the photos for a panorama in Windows Explorer or Windows Live Photo Gallery to edit your photos' metadata. All the best! .nl

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Garden 3D model
Garden 3D model
ikjoyce (Over 1 year ago)
Yep - been using this now I have everything working :o)

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
[P] toggles between photos + points, points only, and photos only. [1] toggles the slideshow playing or not.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Very well done! I love it. ツ Have you viewed this in the older Windows-only Direct3D Photosynth viewer? If not, I think you'll like it. ツ I must caution you that it only works in Internet Explorer and Firefox 3 (Firefox 4 and above break the viewer), but it's worth it. Here's the link: http://photosynth.net/d3d/photosynth.aspx?cid=06a064f3-d33b-4363-88a4-184ad1681482 If you want to get the most out of the D3D viewer, learn the keyboard shortcuts on the last pages of the Photosynth Photography Guide: http://photosynth.net/help.aspx#photosynthhelp [W][A][S][D][E][C] move you. [{][L][:]["] let you look around. [~] toggles between 3D and 2D. [-] and [+] zoom in and out. [Enter]|[Return] resets zoom. [Space] = next photo spatially. [.] = next photo alphabetically. [,] = previous photo alphabetically. [Z] = back. [Shift] (combined with other keys) = reverse normal action. [Y] = toggle between point cloud up and photo up. Arrow keys = better not.

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Guitar Workshop
Guitar Workshop
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
@RBanks, I don't know if this is too late, but Stringcraft chose to publish their photos under the Creative Commons Attribution license, meaning that as long as you credit Stringcraft, you are absolutely free to do whatever you wish with the photos in their synth.

RBanks (Over 1 year ago)
Hi Stingcraft. I'm keen to use a screenshot of your photosynth in a book that I'm writing about using technology to reminisce about the past. I need your permission to do this, though. Would it be possible for you to e-mail me at rbanks [at] microsoft [dot] com to discuss? This is relatively urgent, unfortunately. Thx! Richard

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Stringcraft, this synth has been one of my favourites, but in the past several months when coming back to look at it, I've found that many of the DZIs (seemingly every other one) have most of their tile layers missing, resulting in half the photos or so remaining permanently blurred. What are the odds of you resynthing these photos (perhaps having edited the metadata so that they upload a second time)? Hoping to see this beautiful synth up and healthy again soon! Best regards, Nate

Donrod (Over 1 year ago)
how can I delete a photosynth which I made?

Nmbr1stlrsfn (Over 1 year ago)
let me know when you get this to work so that i don't have to install and reinstall the application. this is very frustrating.

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Santa Maria del Naranco
Santa Maria del Naranco
rdyapo (Over 1 year ago)
Sure it's 100 Synth, but it's not covered well.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Well done! Can you geotag this, please?

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Circular Church - Charleston, SC 1681
Circular Church - Charleston, SC 1681
briankknight715 (Over 1 year ago)
Wow! That was one of the best synths I have seen so far. I just started 2 or 3 weeks ago but. Your work is certainly inspiring

Sphynctre (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks Nathanael! It doesn't come through in the pictures, but I enjoyed making the synth as much as viewing it. This is a really cool building and cemetery. When I started Photosynth-ing, I had a point-and-shoot camera that was hard to see through and slow to take pictures. With my new camera, I can look through the viewfinder and walk at the same time, taking pictures the whole time. Yes, this is the largest synth I've done yet. I was testing Photosynth on a new box that I built (8 proc. x64, 32GB RAM, 14TB) to see if I could break my 800 photo limit. I'm sure I'll be doing more "testing" later =)

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Wow. I cycled through the pointcloud in the order that you took the photos a few times and I have to say that your method of movement was really very inspiring... very natural as though I were actually walking around the church myself and glancing about me or keeping my eyes on the curve of the wall as I walked around it. I just have to reiterate how well done this is technically. The sense of sunlight and shade within the pointcloud is something very well captured in this synth as well. Cheers!

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
This is your grandest scale public synth by far, I would have to say. Great work, Tan. Thanks for sharing this architecture with us.

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artistic statue
artistic statue
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Two last thoughts: When you pass behind the statue's head from the lower angle, the bright backlighting makes getting good exposure difficult. That is a good place to use your camera's flash in order to bring out the visual patterns in the statue's surface. I do not know if you have already discovered the Photosynth viewer's 2D mode/Grid Mode, however viewing it can help you better see which groups or clusters of photos connected and which did not. I have found it to be a very useful tool.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
More information is available in the Photosynth Photography Guide: http://photosynth.net/help.aspx#photosynthhelp Also, I have written up a longer explanation here: http://bit.ly/sinkorsynth I am hoping that you will keep shooting and not give up. All the best to you! Your fellow photosynther, N

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Greetings, le ptit patapon, This is an improvement over your previous two synths, mainly because the brighter lighting makes it easier to capture shots which are not blurry. I see that you did take two orbits of photos around the statue: one from higher and farther and one from the statue's level and closer. This is good, although it would also be good to have taken photos from at least four sides that show how to get from the higher angle to the lower one because Photosynth's matching only works well where the difference in camera angle between two photos that you want matched is 25 degrees or less. I love the close shots that you took (especially of the face), however you should also be aware that Photosynth's matching only works well when a detail in the scene changes size in the camera's frame by a factor of two or less.

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Be Fit gym management
Be Fit gym management
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
For a cleaner panorama, try keeping the camera's lens as close as possible to one point in the air and rotate the phone around the lens when shooting, instead of rotating the phone around yourself. For more details, check out this Photosynth weblog entry with a video tutorial: http://blogs.msdn.com/photosynth/archive/2011/05/30/introducing-the-quot-mastering-the-photosynth-app-quot-video-series.aspx

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The Nose
The Nose
Aliakbar1 (Over 1 year ago)
Rly Tan?

Midopho (Over 1 year ago)
THE POINT CLOUD realy cool!

kration (Over 1 year ago)
This is the first synth I saw and still one of my favourites. The point cloud is amazing!

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
@Tan_Nguyen, I really do admire this synth ever since I found it when it was featured on the front page back in the day. It's one of my favorites. @cok, It's totally possible. I knew a guy in the jungle that taught his cat to roll over, sit up, beg, speak, etc. As for synthing cats... are you aware that they like to sleep in sunlit patches? Get out the camera and shoot with all your stealth!

abbaka (Over 1 year ago)
it's good you have a dog! i have a cat and I want to synth her, but she wouldn't stay still for 2 seconds, not even saying about 2-3 minutes :) (how could you train a cat??)i'm not asking, it's rethoric question) very cute and adorable dog with a nose, anyway :)

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Over the Salisbury School
Over the Salisbury School
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Brilliant! I love aerial panoramas!

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coco_3
coco_3
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
You might also want to try uploading these photos to the website as a panorama with Microsoft ICE ( http://bit.ly/microsoftice ) or Photoshop ( http://bit.ly/pstops ), since you were only standing in one place and turning.

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US Soldier and US Marine
US Soldier and US Marine
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I love seeing current events here on Photosynth. Welcome and I hope to see much more from you!

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Oxfordshire countryside
Oxfordshire countryside
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
You should geotag this panorama on the map. Just sign into your account and click the [ Edit this Panorama ] button below the lower edge of the viewer and use the tabs on the right edge of the editor.

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Moorcheeba at Showbox
Moorcheeba at Showbox
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Copy that on the stitching location. By pixel drift I mean the difference in coordinates between different resolutions of the same part of the scene.

TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
They're not stitched on the server actually, stiching happens on the phone. Not quite sure what you mean by pixel drift, but this probably isnt the best example: dark, with a low shutter speed/high ISO and crappy phone camera lens; makes for difficult tracking

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Leave it to you to shoot the first artistic pano with the mobile app. =) Something I've noticed is that the pixel drift between different resolutions seems to be quite significant in mobile panos when compared to ICE panos. Since they're beein stitched on the server, is there any way to explain this?

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Shopping Mall Fortified by Loneliness
Shopping Mall Fortified by Loneliness
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Very cool! Out of curiosity, how did you hear about the Photosynth app? I ask because I was testing out the iOS app up in the Apple store just four days before you uploaded this.

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Late Rock Garden
Late Rock Garden
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Nice job! In this particular case, you might want to consider uploading these shots to the site as a stitched panorama, using Microsoft Research ICE ( http://bit.ly/msrice ) or Adobe Photoshop ( http://bit.ly/pstops ). There is also a panorama uploading app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad2 ( http://bit.ly/photosynthforios ). The Photosynth site holds two different sorts of imagery: photosynths (or synths for short) and panoramas (or panos for short). This is a synth and the beauty of a synth is that it can handle moving all the way around things or all through a building, or watch people as they move around a room. Synths also try to build a rough 3D model (a point cloud) of all of the stationary parts of the scenery, but it needs to look all around something to understand the shape. For times when you just want to stand in one place and look around you, panoramas are probably the better fit. Welcome to the Photosynth community! ツ

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Bluebell woods
Bluebell woods
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
This is just gorgeous. Great pano!

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Clayfield Copse in spring
Clayfield Copse in spring
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Are there three dogs in total, or did the white dog get photographed twice?

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Photosynth of Caesar Shops in Las Vegas.
Photosynth of Caesar Shops in Las Vegas.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Robert's corresponding test with Occipital can be found here: http://occip.it/pyh4i21mmj A few of his thoughts and reactions he gathered: http://bit.ly/photosynthforios-scoble

TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
Try and get the ceiling next time. The app supports full spheres!

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Untitled
Untitled
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hurrah for monitor recursion.

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Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Lindsay_Clubb (Over 1 year ago)
Nathanael - thanks for the friendly comment - much appreciated!

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Great panorama! The highlights really put this one over the top.

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Martello Tower: Inside & Out
Martello Tower: Inside & Out
dubleelvis (Over 1 year ago)
This is a synth to spend time with very rewarding. a good model of how to get the best out of synthing. quite fun to go up the stairwell look outside then go back down Dubleelvis

CaoKe (Over 1 year ago)
Perfect!

lostinthetriangle (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks Nathanael! looking for some free time as well!

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Lost, I'm surprised that I never commented on this inspiring synth. You certainly challenged me to try larger structures and I'm sure you did the same for others. I wonder if the inner and outer walls could be tightened up by adding a short orbit of the left and right sides of each doorway at minimum and possibly the same treatment of the top of the doorway as well. I know that means more photos which is a problem, but I'd love to see it done. Looking forward to your coming synths when you next have some free time.

lostinthetriangle (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks blaise, I struggled to upload the pictures (out of memory errors) since then the software has been updated so I might retry a large upload again. I also wish I had more time this summer for shooting pictures but have been way to busy. Be glad when things slow down here in the triangle!

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vase test
vase test
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Nice job! I'd say you're ready to rock now. =) Photosynth ended up liking the carpet more than anything else in this, but you could easily add closer orbits of the vase and flowers along with a couple of shots to bridge from one orbit to the next and bring out more detail if you wanted it. You've mastered the fundamental building block of synths. From here, it's just learning to string them together into something bigger. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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Limni
Limni
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hi there! I notice that you shot this more like a panorama than a photosynth. I hope you don't mind, but I downloaded your photos, stitched them into a panorama using ICE and reuploaded them here: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=745d03ae-b06f-4f5b-a875-7fed49b1468c If you like what you see, you can download ICE for yourself at http://bit.ly/msrice

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