NateLawrence

Delighted to be synthing!

If you need to contact me, I can be reached at natelawrence@live.com

Check out my new synths at http://photosynth.net/preview/users/natelawrence


Can you find the teddy bear in Nutclough Woods - Hebden Bridge?
Can you find the teddy bear in Nutclough Woods - Hebden Bridge?
HGREGG (1 day ago)
Thanks BenLouws - that explains it! It's not a very good pano (one of my first) I hope to make better :-)

BenLouws (1 day ago)
@HGREGG - your photo has been featured on the iphone photosynth app startup screen, hence the viewing numbers

HGREGG (4 days ago)
@photosynth - I don't have (or want!) an iPhone so I guess I won't find out - unless you tell me ;-)

photosynth (4 days ago)
Load up our iPhone app and you'll find out :).

HGREGG (7 days ago)
I am as mystified as you about the viewing numbers!!! It's not a very interesting panorama, and I really overdid the processing :-( I geotagged it (but I don't think thats an explanation for the views. I shared a link ion my FB page - but I don't have that many friends interested in this, and was not notified of re-shares. Maybe it's the title - could be people like a challenge ;-)

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sainsbury 1
sainsbury 1
NateLawrence (2 months ago)
Hey there, Andy. Hoping my thoughts in the forum didn't discourage you. If you've had enough of my feedback for a while, just say the word and I'll back off and just wait for others to offer their thoughts. Your fellow synther, N

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some of my sketches
some of my sketches
NateLawrence (2 months ago)
Wow! I admire your skill!

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Sub-zero morning commute by Lake Superior
Sub-zero morning commute by Lake Superior
hefeweiss (2 months ago)
Thanks for the author tip. I'll stick that in.

hefeweiss (2 months ago)
My fat bike has 3.8" tires. They work well in up to 2" of snow and for cruising over the rough stuff. You'd need the 5" for deep snow. I also have some Nokian Gazza Extreme spiked tires for my other mtn bike. That works better on the ice. The fat tires don't by you much traction when the city is a skating rink.

NateLawrence (4 months ago)
By the way, if you add your name to the 'Author' tag of all of your photos (you can easily do it for all of them at once using Windows Explorer/File Explorer or Windows Live Photo Gallery) before putting them in ICE, you'll see it displayed next to the photo license in the lower left corner of the viewer here.

NateLawrence (4 months ago)
Beautiful capture! What kind of traction do your bike tires get in this kind of snowfall?

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Great Pyramid of Giza HDR
Great Pyramid of Giza HDR
MiamiRealEstate (3 months ago)
One of the best. Great work.

MASTERWARLOCKER (Over 1 year ago)
IT ROCKS

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I love the sky in this shot: http://bit.ly/h8YHGa

jadesmith (Over 1 year ago)
The Great Pyramid of Giza is in a building complex that also is accompanied by two mortuary temples of Khufu (one near the pyramid and other near the Nile), three smaller pyramids of his wives, a bridge linking two temples, and small mastaba tombs of nobles. http://www.historicaltravelguide.com/the-great-pyramid-of-giza.html

doriano (Over 1 year ago)
abselutely breathtaking.

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Queens Park Tree
Queens Park Tree
NateLawrence (3 months ago)
Very beautiful!

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实验室
实验室
NateLawrence (11 months ago)
This is a step in the correct direction for uploading your photos as a photosynth, friend. Your previous attempts are really shot more like single panoramas and should be uploaded to Photosynth.net as panoramas stitched with Microsoft ICE http://bit.ly/microsoftice or Adobe Photoshop http://bit.ly/microsoftice instead of uploaded as photosynths - which does not make a good panorama or a good photosynth. Panoramas are good for providing the view from one single camera position. (Panoramas attempt to completely fuse and blend the photos taken from one point of view.) Photosynths are good for allowing the viewer to spatially transition between many different camera positions. The nearest camera positions which observe the same objects must not be taken from extremely different angles or distances, however. (Photosynths show the beginning of the photos being combined in 3D through their point clouds.)

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Chauveau
Chauveau
NateLawrence (11 months ago)
Good to see you embrace synthing, Ray! Thanks for sharing!

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Basset Monument, Carn Brea, CORNWALL
Basset Monument, Carn Brea, CORNWALL
NateLawrence (11 months ago)
Greetings, Dwayne! I just wanted to let you know that I did finally reply to you in the forum, regarding your question about this synth. http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=a03647b9-821e-439b-8dbc-ae0239d6870d&dis=d904080e-61ff-4309-a76a-bb2fe731b41e Thanks for sharing this piece of Cornwall with the world. According to my grandfather and uncle, our family has roots there. Greetings from across the pond. ツ

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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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Shea Stadium Aerial Photosyth - Historic
Shea Stadium Aerial Photosyth - Historic
TriState360 (Over 1 year ago)
The Return of the Empire is here

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
It's nice to have this iconic experiment back online. I'd love to see your Empire State Building synth return as well. Cheers!

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KON-TIKI Museum-Oslo(II)  pano 360 + related synth
KON-TIKI Museum-Oslo(II) pano 360 + related synth
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I love the technical excellence of your panoramas.

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Sevilla desde la Torre Schindler
Sevilla desde la Torre Schindler
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I love the sky in this panorama! Was this dawn or dusk?

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room test
room test
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I tried these shots as a panorama, instead of a photosynth, if you're interested in taking a look. http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=6d9881af-0c3e-4a1e-9d34-ef1c650ab6f7 Just download Microsoft ICE to stitch panoramas. http://bit.ly/microsoftice

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Jupiter temple
Jupiter temple
David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
I agree. Well done Tomislav!

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I love what you've done here! It's always a pleasure to view the synth of someone who understands Photosynth's unique abilities.

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FDL Home kitchen
FDL Home kitchen
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
FDL, I hope I have not overstepped my bounds, but I tried uploading these shots as a panorams, rather than a photosynth, since you shot them as a panorama. You can preview it here: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=5d57ae6c-e692-485c-9d61-2365ae54ddcd Please let me know if you wish me to delete it. It was only meant as a demonstration of the difference between uploading as a panorama and uploading as a photosynth. If you primarily shoot panoramas, you can download Microsoft's panorama stitcher, ICE, here: http://bit.ly/microsoftice

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Swansea by night
Swansea by night
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, Tim, This is just a note to let you know that I replied to your suggestion in the Photosynth forum, since the forum doesn't notify you of replies: http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=01b6f15f-42eb-49cb-a221-ed56615e1c47&dis=5ea662fc-1f70-475f-bef1-edc04365d332 Feel free to delete this note after checking the above link.

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Writer's and Reader's Workshop for the 21st Century at #FallCUE @lhighfill ROCKS!
Writer's and Reader's Workshop for the 21st Century at #FallCUE @lhighfill ROCKS!
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Looks like fun! Just a tip: when you're shooting a panorama, you'll always get better results if you pivot the camera's lens in place, rather than holding the phone at arms' length and moving it back and forth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svVq7dx_pDY&hd=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XYSJPbwBT4&hd=1 Cheers!

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Summer evening in the Richmond, San Francisco
Summer evening in the Richmond, San Francisco
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Interesting. This is one of the first mobile panoramas that I recall seeing where the attributed name next to the license is different to the uploader's account.

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Lily Mountain
Lily Mountain
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hmmm. Standing rather close to the edge, aren't we? Still... what a view!

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Times Square
Times Square
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
The fellow's head and shoulder emerging from the bushes is amusing: http://bit.ly/hastsp For cleaner stitching results, try not to move the lens while you turn around. http://bit.ly/panotips Cheers!

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Dante's Deck
Dante's Deck
DanteHaruna (Over 1 year ago)
I haven't. It looks really cool!

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I completely agree. ツ Have you tried viewing the point cloud in the Direct3D viewer? http://photosynth.net/d3d/photosynth.aspx?cid=9ca0981d-e722-4866-b603-41ffa61d2bae (Requires Windows, Photosynth Windows app being installed and using Internet Explorer or Firefox 3 [not Firefox 4])

DanteHaruna (Over 1 year ago)
It looks really cool in the point cloud

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Very nicely done!

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Our little hole in the wall
Our little hole in the wall
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
For photos where you just stand in one place and turn around, you might consider uploading as a panorama, rather than a synth. Try using Microsoft ICE for an easy upload. http://bit.ly/microsoftice

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In front of the house.
In front of the house.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I love the closest tree in your left neighbour's yard.

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All Hands Volunteers HQ, Leogane Haiti ~ www.Hands.org
All Hands Volunteers HQ, Leogane Haiti ~ www.Hands.org
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
This has to be one of the cleanest mobile panos that I've seen so far. Very nicely done, as usual!

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Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
mihaelcmrk (Over 1 year ago)
@natelawrence thanks for reminding me to do that. Will do the new higher resolution panorama of this place this summer.

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Very cool! Would you mind geo-tagging and geo-aligning this pano?

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The Park at Evening
The Park at Evening
kcoppock (Over 1 year ago)
Thank you, Nate! :)

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Gorgeous colours here! Thank you for sharing!

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Weisses Rössl
Weisses Rössl
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Stunning! Would you please add some highlights to this panorama, using the website?

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Chuck E Cheese's
Chuck E Cheese's
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Heheh. Fun! Thanks for sharing! This is so much lighter than I remember Chuck E. Cheese's being when I was young.

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Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
What a lovely subject! I would have liked to have seen some more photos circling the cake while focusing your attention on one part at a time, but the majority of what you shot did match. Looking forward to seeing more cakes in the future! Cheers!

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The Rarotongan Beach Resort 360 Panorama
The Rarotongan Beach Resort 360 Panorama
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
It appears that you must have a robotic tripod head. True? I see the shadow of the tripod, but no operator. It's a shame that ICE didn't connect the full 360, though you clearly shot overlapping coverage, but the beach still came out beautifully. Very nicely done!

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Recursion
Recursion
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Just zoom in on that whiteboard a bit...

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Devastator MkII
Devastator MkII
tchu (Over 1 year ago)
nutterguy (Over 1 year ago)
Let me at them! My 40D want to feed on 40K flesh! :-P

tchu (Over 1 year ago)
That's what I intend to do, with a friend of mine doing the photography. This was just me testing the upload and structure of photosynth so I could show the model to a friend without having to be a wall of photos. I'll have proper synths up soon, of both Ultramarines and Eldar alike.

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I'd love to see these figures shot where the figure stays still on the surface and the camera moves around them, rather than keeping the camera in one place and turning the figure in front of it. As things are, Photosynth doesn't know what to make of the stationary background and moving figurine.

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Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
As for needing a fast internet connection, it simply takes time to upload full-resolution copies of photos, especially if you are uploading many photos in a single synth. For people only viewing either a synth or a pano, the photos have been stored in multiple resolutions and each resolution broken into tiny pieces, so it really shouldn't take very long for the portions of the photo that are currently on your screen to download to you. One last note: for posting synths and panos on Tumblr, you can choose to write a video post and it will allow you to paste Photosynth's embed code into the post. When I do this, I change the &delayLoad value in the embed code to false, so that people don't have to click the embed once before the first photo starts loading. You can also customize the height and width of the viewer to fit your Tumblr layout. Here's an example: http://bit.ly/cbsynthintumblr

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
You also said, "shame it’s silverlight (and thus windows) based, and requires a good internet connection". For one, Silverlight does run on Macs. In fact the reason that the Photosynth team rewrote the viewer to use Silverlight was specifically so that non-Windows users could view synths. To use the original Windows-only viewer, click the Direct3D link to the left of this comment in either Firefox 3 or Internet Explorer. Also, if you use an iPhone or iPod Touch, download the free (unofficial) iSynth app and search for da5nsy. When Photosynth was released, no browsers could do 3D without the help of a plugin. 2011 is really the first year that finished versions of web browsers are coming out that can do 3D graphics on their own. Now that IE9 is out, maybe the Photosynth team will write a viewer that doesn't need a browser plugin.

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hi there! If this is your first synth, then I take my hat off to you! Photosynth was able to match all of your photos into the same cluster, meaning that you did very well on choosing your shooting positions. I just found my way in from a Twitter search to your Tumblr post ( http://da5nsy.tumblr.com/post/3967459185/photosynth for anyone else who's interested) to this synth. A couple of notes: You mention that Photosynth is "essentially a panorama creator, with a few added features". This is a bit of a sore point for me. Some differences between synths and panos: A synth allows you to move throughout an environment. A pano does not. A synth begins reconstructing the stationary portions of the scene in 3D (see the point cloud by using the [P] key to toggle or by using the [T] key for Overhead View). A pano is (at most) only a thin bubble of photography. A synth leaves each photo undistorted. A pano must distort objects to stitch input photos.

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Larnach Castle New Zealand
Larnach Castle New Zealand
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I love these vibrant colours! I notice that you shot this more like a panorama than a photosynth. Did you know that you can use Microsoft ICE to upload stitched panoramas to your account here? Since your photos here were licensed as Creative Commons Attribution, I took the liberty of stitching them into a pano and uploading it here: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=69dbfb4b-0b16-404e-af6d-2cf3a29f4ad5 If you'd like to use ICE yourself, it's a free download here: http://bit.ly/msrice Photosynths are best at moving all around a particular object or place. Although it isn't the best example of a synth I could point to, MITER9 did shoot a synth at Larnach Castle which does demonstrate Photosynth's ability to stitch different camera positions and zooms which is really its strength over panos: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=250bb56c-e640-4927-ad91-eab7e06402cb&m=false&i=0:3:2&z=4000

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Street Art
Street Art
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Heh! This is awesome art. I could wish for a better exposure, but thanks for sharing. Would you mind geotagging this?

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Ira
Ira
fareast1988 (Over 1 year ago)
Absolutely stunning.

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Well done, mate.

vicmatur (Over 1 year ago)
Great job.

Invictor (Over 1 year ago)
i have liked and seen-- nice work!

fortoday (Over 1 year ago)
absolutely beautiful, at one point it looks as if there are wings upon her back

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Greenhouse 3
Greenhouse 3
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Love this!

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Dad's Rooftop
Dad's Rooftop
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Did you use your GigaPan for this one? It turned out beautifully.

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zack's 3D photosynth
zack's 3D photosynth
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Nice work! This synth has a great flow in the Direct3D viewer.

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Flagstaff Peak
Flagstaff Peak
Alendri (Over 1 year ago)
Stunning! Beautiful panorama.

GigaView (Over 1 year ago)
Beautiful pano. Was this shot by hand? Keep them coming and definitely geotag, so we can have it on Bing Maps, too.

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
That's an incredible view! Thanks so much for sharing it with the rest of us. I'd love to see this geotagged and geoaligned, if you're up for it. Just click the [ Edit this Photosynth ] button when you're signed into your account and go to the [Geotag] tab to search for the location or just zoom to it. Drag the pin on the map and save the position. Optionally, you can geo-align the panorama so that the north view in the panorama faces north on the map. Save after that as well and you're good to go.

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Chesterton Windmill
Chesterton Windmill
Alendri (Over 1 year ago)
Very impressive work, I love it.

Invictor (Over 1 year ago)
killer mill -- nice work!!!

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Nice work, mate! This is a beauty of a windmill. I just saw your YouTube video and web log entry. You can actually embed this synth in your web log post, just as you embedded the YouTube video, if you'd like. I also noticed that you showed a little interest in Photosynth's origins. For some good digestable data - largely in video form - see my list of links here: http://docs.com/XFO (I highly recommend the eighth link from the top of the list for perspective) as well as this page here on the site: http://photosynth.net/Background.aspx I'd love to see your YouTube video registered into this synth. Check out this research project for more info: http://bit.ly/videosynth It would be incredible to be able to synchronize the camera frusta (like you see in Overhead View) flashing up on the model overlaid on the video of you taking those actual shots and being able to swing over to the photo you were actually taking at any time. Cheers!

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Calgary Hitmen Dressing Room
Calgary Hitmen Dressing Room
JAntons (Over 1 year ago)
I agree with you the Point cloud and the Overhead view show a lot of details and turned out amazing. JA

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I love the point cloud on this. I didn't expect the bit of the room that connects the two hallways to be shaped so uniquely, but Photosynth really makes it clear in Overhead View. Your rink-side views seem well suited to panos, but a synth was definitely the best fit for this dressing room. Thanks for the look around!

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Antwerp Grafitti park
Antwerp Grafitti park
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I was thinking when I saw this on vimeo that it had to show up here sooner or later. So did you decompile this into individual frames with something else or is this a sign of things to come?

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Mug
Mug
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hi there! Glad to see you got a couple of synths uploaded today. =) In the case of objects like this, it is better that either the object stays still and the camera moves around it (in your case the mug should stay stationary on the counter) or, for an alternate approach, the background behind the object being rotated is completely blank. For this second approach, you could drape a blank sheet of paper under and behind the mug so that Photosynth has nothing else to lock onto besides the mug, provided the paper doesn't have visible texture on it. You can read more about the turntable approach on Page 5 of the Photosynth Photography Guide, available for viewing and downloading at this link: http://photosynth.net/help.aspx#photosynthhelp Photosynth can only reconstruct objects which are stationary between different shots and, in this case, the background of the shots had too many common elements in common for Photosynth to ignore. Happy synthing!

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Waverly Historical Photo Gallery
Waverly Historical Photo Gallery
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
This may be the largest cohesive group of photos I've seen on Photosynth. You really hit it out of the park! I'd love to see a highlight added for each photo on display here.

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Wolfram|Alpha Spikey
Wolfram|Alpha Spikey
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Although the paper that the spikey is constructed of has texture, it is largely not in tight enough focus or of large enough scale in the frame for Photosynth to track it and its repetitiveness would likely prove problematic, even if you had closer shots of the spikey's surface. Spraying the spikey all over with a subtle dusting of paint with a toothbrush or similar brush capable of flicking the paint in speckles would likely bring out the surface of the spikey in full force, given good crisp shots of the speckles. In any case, I hope I'm not coming off as a know it all but rather a voice of some experience with Photosynth. I'm fond of Wolfram|Alpha's logo and was pleased to see it around these parts. Cheers!

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
The shape poses absolutely no challenge for Photosynth, however the severe lack of any real non-repeating texture (think unique speckled pattern over the entire surface of the spikey) makes its point cloud less than what it could be. By contrast, you may notice that the texture of the wall behind the polyhedron lights up in the point cloud. Generally speaking plain white surfaces are not the most synthy subjects, simply because they tend to overexpose easily, but in this case your photos are largely exposed such that the wall's texture is within detection range for Photosynth's feature descriptor algorithms. My brother once synthed a brilliant white snowman, so it's more than possible to tackle white subjects, given reasonable exposure.

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Valley
Valley
gcdasto (Over 1 year ago)
@natelawrence thanks for the comment, i'm really glad to read this... i'll gonna try to geotag and geo-locate the pano but in my country (Brazil), not all places has a detailed map and that one is one of them...

NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Just gorgeous! The contrast between the grass in the foreground and the distant hills really conveys a feeling of depth. I love how deep you were able to get the colors. Great work! P.S. Would you consider geotagging and geo-aligning this pano?

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chua mot cot
chua mot cot
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
What is the name of the beautiful red flowers seen in this photo: http://bit.ly/redvietnameseflowers ?

NguyenTuanAnh (Over 1 year ago)
good

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Sleeping Beauty Castle - Xmas 2010
Sleeping Beauty Castle - Xmas 2010
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Ah, this is a great little synth. Not too big or complex and a friend in the photos waving back. Good work!

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