tbenedict

I am a photographer living and working on the Big Island of Hawai`i. I primarily do aerial photography using a camera suspended from a kite line. I also do ground photography using digital and film cameras.


Santa Barbara Courthouse Fountain Sculpture Statue
Santa Barbara Courthouse Fountain Sculpture Statue
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
For what it's worth, Ed, I'm glad you went with the full resolution photos on this one. When Photosynth introduces dense reconstruction this synth will shine all the more. If you know someone who has a computer with obscene amounts of RAM, you should try the original photos in Yasutaka Furukawa's PMVS2 by using Henri Astre's PhotosynthToolkit. If you don't have the originals anymore, you can download original resolution copies of the photos with Henri's PhotosynthTileDownloader.

madcomputerscientist (Over 1 year ago)
Great point cloud!

houdan (Over 1 year ago)
very cool. can you add more highlights to this synth?

CliffBreedlove (Over 1 year ago)
very nice

Crosscountry (Over 1 year ago)
That is an incredible point cloud, wow

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Mount Baker Aerial
Mount Baker Aerial
gspaceman (Over 1 year ago)
Wow! Great Synth!! Love the Point Cloud. Seems like a great concept for some mountaineering beta.

Mister_Blondie (Over 1 year ago)
Okay... now I'm wondering what I have to do to get work flying round in a plane shooting scenery...

Kanga (Over 1 year ago)
I see the new viewer fixes the copyright display. Does it still only use the 'Author' tags, rather than what's in the 'Copyright' field? Also, how is that uber-synth coming?

Joshua (Over 1 year ago)
This looks great! Nice work

The.Rev (Over 1 year ago)
Really cool point cloud. Loving it!

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Thermography2
Thermography2
tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
Do you mind my asking which camera you're using for this? We're in the market for a thermal IR camera where I work, so I'm looking around.

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Thermal Infrared of Skyline High School
Thermal Infrared of Skyline High School
tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
Do you mind my asking which camera you used for this? We're in the market for a thermal IR camera where I work.

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An Eclectic Display Cabinet
An Eclectic Display Cabinet
Fred_Oxford (Over 1 year ago)
The hi-light tool was designed for this kind of synth!!

tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
That's COOL! I really like the transitions between the highlights. It's exactly as if you were standing in front of it and saying, "Ooooh, what's THAT?!" Well worth the effort, in my estimation.

mrp1979 (Over 1 year ago)
Awesome. 190 photos and great example of what's possible with a little bit of effort! :)

Cardinal (Over 1 year ago)
Definately. I can zoom in at the two cats in the basket and see a cat face as big as my computer screen, and it is not at all unsharp of pixelated... and in reality, the cat is only as tall as my thumb!

Fred_Oxford (Over 1 year ago)
I agree K - and the same goes for buildings e.g. cathedrals - being able to zoom into the top of the spire or some other detail makes photosynth really great.

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Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Iceland
Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Iceland
TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
Tom, these were all taken from land. It's a rather large lake so there's plenty of shoreline to cover. There's never been a better time to visit Iceland than right now with the Kronur so devalued. It was REALLY expensive when I went back in 2004, especialy for gas.

tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
Was all this done from shore? Or were you out on the water? This covers a lot of ground! I love the part about the picture being hung upside-down. Those are some remarkably strong reflections! (At least they didn't hang it sideways as an abstract.) I'm checking out your other Iceland synths. That's been high on my list of places to visit for years, but I've never made it out there.

TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
Fred, I took these photos in 2004 with my first digital SLR the Canon 300D (6MP). The lenses used were a Canon 17-40L for the wide shots, and a Canon 100-400L for the detail shots. You can find exposure info for some of the images in this synth by clicking the thumbnails on the Jökulsárlón page on my website: http://tonyernst.com/gallery.aspx?gallery=joot

Fred_Oxford (Over 1 year ago)
Tony, what camera and lens did you use on this?

TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
Anigizz, if Im translating this correctly your asking if I took all these photos myself. The answer is yes. I've been lucky enought to be able visit some amazing places.

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Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland
Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland
TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
And by the way, you need to start adding some favorites! I just looked and you've only favorited 2 synths :-)

TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for the compliments Tom. I've been going through my archives and creating synths of anything I have more than 10 shots of. This means that none of the images were taken with photosynth in mind, and therefore each was composed separately. In my head creating photosynths and taking individual photos are two different tasks. With my newer synths I've made a conscious effort to document the place with a couple panos from every direction to create a "scaffold" and then take my time and compose individual images to provide the detail - and as a bonus these usually work well as highlights.

tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
It's a real treat going through your synths. Most of the ones I've done have been "full coverage" style, with big panoramas covering all the angles, but not focusing on any one thing. Looking at yours, it's obvious you're composing each shot to be a still photo in and of itself. Moving through the synth is a lot more like looking through a photography book. Way more artistic. The last highlight, the one of the spray from the falls, is gorgeous.

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Interior Garden
Interior Garden
tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
That's sweet. I'd be interested in seeing some highlights, too. There's a ton to see in there! I know I'm missing a bunch.

dariusmonsef (Over 1 year ago)
Indeed. Some highlights might help with navigating around and seeing all the goodness.

Marvin (Over 1 year ago)
Goodness. You really did a job on this one. Wow!!

houdan (Over 1 year ago)
amazing synth!! I really enjoy the point cloud.

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Buster Brown Hike:  Waimea - Big Island, Hawaii
Buster Brown Hike: Waimea - Big Island, Hawaii
tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
Too cool! I'm cringing as I say this, but I've never actually been to the top of Buster Brown. But man, the view is totally worth it! Thanks for posting this. I know how it goes with visits. Last time I visited family, I didn't wind up seeing about 90% of the friends I swore I would, and that was THREE weeks. It's all good. We'll meet up at some point.

Nathan (Over 1 year ago)
Nice tree pose. You must pratice yoga.

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Washington aerials showing Cherry Blossom point clouds.
Washington aerials showing Cherry Blossom point clouds.
CliffBreedlove (Over 1 year ago)
very nice

jfergus54 (Over 1 year ago)
AS A mOVIE MAKER WITH 20 PLUS YEARS EXP I WOULD SAY agOOD jOB WELL done. moviemedicjoe

curtw (Over 1 year ago)
all custom equipment with a team of photo, optics, aerostat and landscape experts.

dariusmonsef (Over 1 year ago)
Wow, this turned out really well for a "balloon on a string" (my mind pictures a small red balloon with a camera dangling from the bottom)... Do you have any control over what it shoots? You got really good coverage.

TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
what exactly is an aerostat?

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Franz Joesph Glacier From The Air, Westland National Park, New Zealand
Franz Joesph Glacier From The Air, Westland National Park, New Zealand
tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
Beautiful.

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