Nathanael

I'm a 34 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


Sagg Road 1
Sagg Road 1
Nathanael (2 months ago)
Hi, Gus, I'm not sure if this was a result of you using video frames as input or not but if not, I did answer your forum post long ago when you first asked about converting video to image sequences. https://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=6b63cb81-8b57-4d5d-a978-41d5509bf59a&dis=a85aaede-270c-4b84-a62a-f4b318fb8bc1

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Liv Bowling
Liv Bowling
Nathanael (2 months ago)
Ha! I love the jumping celebration shot. http://bit.ly/livbowls-shescores

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apple
apple
Nathanael (2 months ago)
I like the point cloud on this one. Use the [P] key to toggle the photos and points. You might also like to try uploading this set of photos in the Photosynth 2 Beta as a 'Spin' synth. https://photosynth.net/preview/upload

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spaceman
spaceman
Nathanael (2 months ago)
I see you've shot a lot of mobile panos, but would love to see you try your hand at some full resolution panoramas and more synths as well. You can take photos for a panorama with any camera and stitch them with Microsoft ICE: http://bit.ly/microsoftice :: I'd also like to see what you can do with the Photosynth 2 Beta if you're game. https://photosynth.net/preview Video: http://bit.ly/howtosynth2 Manual: https://photosynth.net/preview/help See you around, Your fellow synther and panner, N

Nathanael (2 months ago)
ツ Ah yes. The first synth. No doubt the results here were disappointing for you. If you haven't already found these, here are some tips for successfully shooting photosynths: Video: http://bit.ly/howtosynth Manual: https://photosynth.net/help.aspx#photosynthhelp This synth has several things working against it: 1) Flexible subject (Photosynth only matches rigid (and ideally stationary) objects. 2) Not enough scale transitions (Photosynth will get lost whenever you more than double or half the size of an object onscreen between any two nearest photos) 3) Unsynthy surface (Photosynth relies on matching visual texture such as speckles, dots, and corners so a glossy figurine won't work on its own - you'd need a synthy backdrop.) 4) Silhouettes (As in #3, Photosynth isn't matching edges or outlines. You need to see the same stationary textures from a minimum of three different - but not too different - angles.)

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Fulton Street Subway
Fulton Street Subway
Nathanael (2 months ago)
Hi, friend, Just a note to let you know that I replied to your question in the forum: https://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=01b6f15f-42eb-49cb-a221-ed56615e1c47&dis=bf6248fe-8483-4df5-8e10-855f326dd209 Feel free to delete this comment after checking the link. Your fellow panner and synther, N

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Aluminum 3R Blockhead porous (Photosynth 1)
Aluminum 3R Blockhead porous (Photosynth 1)
Nathanael (2 months ago)
You can view Photosynth 2's results with these photos here: https://photosynth.net/view/8e17171b-5353-47b8-8657-d5cb49b6eecc There are some comments at the current end of this discussion on the forum around this dataset: https://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=00581351-82d8-438d-a37b-7eadb3fb4991&dis=7cb08b9a-6295-45d5-92d4-15cc87ef2f78

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Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark
Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark
Sergiusz.Olszewski (2 months ago)
Thanks for your advise. Does it work with new ICE v2? Have a nice day!

Nathanael (2 months ago)
Greetings, friend! You have captured this panorama beautifully! I was look ing at your profile page and noticed you asking to be credited if someone uses your panoramas. I thought that you would like to know that if you edit the 'Author' metadata of all of your photos before you stitch them together with ICE and upload them here that your name will show in the lower left corner of the panorama viewer next to whichever photo license you have chosen. When creating a panorama, the exact same name must be applied to all the selected photos for the panorama or the name will not display. If you create an original photosynth instead of a panorama, then each photo can have its own author information. Hopefully this will help you keep credit for your beautiful photography. Cheers!

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Nalanda Monastery New Monks Building
Nalanda Monastery New Monks Building
Nathanael (2 months ago)
Definitely check out Overhead View in this synth. After you've clicked on the synth, use the [T] key to swing up overhead.

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Nalanda Monastery Relic Tour 2015 Gompa
Nalanda Monastery Relic Tour 2015 Gompa
Nathanael (2 months ago)
If you wish for your photographer's name or monastery's name to appear next to the photo license in the lower left corner of the viewer, simply apply the desired name to the 'Author' tag of your photos before putting them into ICE to stitch into a panorama and upload to the website here.

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Diplodicus Skull
Diplodicus Skull
Nathanael (2 months ago)
These dinosaur skull synths of yours are some of my favorites out of what you've shot so far. Great work! ツ

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Totem Pole
Totem Pole
Nathanael (2 months ago)
You did a really good job of shooting coverage of this and the resulting point cloud is beautiful. I'm a huge Photosynth fan but you might want to also try these photos in Autodesk's 123D Catch to make more of a 3D model than Photosynth's point cloud. Here's the link to go try it if you're interested: http://apps.123dapp.com/catch

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Baskets
Baskets
Nathanael (2 months ago)
Nice point cloud of the baskets on this synth! Once the synth has loaded and you've clicked on it, try using the [T] key to enter 'Overhead View' (sometimes called 'Top View'). When you're down in the synth again, you can use the [P] key to toggle the photos and point cloud on and off.

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Polynesian wood carving
Polynesian wood carving
Nathanael (2 months ago)
I dig the point cloud on this synth! After you've clicked on the synth, press the [P] key twice to toggle from 'Photos Only' to 'Photos + Points' to 'Point Cloud Only' then use the full stop key [.] to step through the photo positions. ツ If you're using an old version of Internet Explorer (10 or below) or Firefox and have the Photosynth desktop application installed on your computer, you might also want to try the original Photosynth viewer. https://photosynth.net/d3d/photosynth.aspx?cid=c801f0ce-e535-4c19-9d3c-d5c7963076e0 Firefox 4 and above messes it up a bit, so go fullscreen and press [Enter] to fit the photo to your screen. At this point in time an old version of Internet Explorer is really the best way to use the original Photosynth viewer.

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Starting down the trail to Shane Lale
Starting down the trail to Shane Lale
Nathanael (2 months ago)
L2F, you may want to click the [Edit this Photosynth] button on this synth and in the Advanced tab of the editor change the orientation to 'Photos Up' instead of 'World Up' in this particular case.

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Milky Way over Maine's Bold Coast
Milky Way over Maine's Bold Coast
AaronPriestPhoto (2 months ago)
AaronPriestPhoto (2 months ago)
Thanks Nathanael! I shoot with a robotic panning head called a Panoneed. It saves an .xml file of the precise location for each photo that I can then easily stitch in PTGui Pro or AutoPano Giga without needing control points, very useful for night sky photos of stars! ICE and PhotoSynth never line them up as precisely for me, even when choosing a structured panorama (since the Panoneed is capable of shooting variable columns per row to save on total number of shots per sphere), and Photoshop's PhotoMerge feature doesn't give you any choice about grid or photo placement. Because stars move very quickly with long exposures, I had to shoot the upper and lower hemisphere exposures (with some overlap on the horizon) separately, vs. back to back like HDR. The Panoneed is accurate enough that the photos were nearly pixel aligned when blending in Photoshop even though some of them were almost an hour apart.

Nathanael (2 months ago)
Beautiful pano! By "a higher quality than ICE is capable of" I take you to just mean with regards to stitching artifacts since ICE is capable of much more resolution than is in this pano. What tripod head do you use to shoot with? Reading your description, I get the idea that you shot each of your two exposures in totality, rather than catching both exposures as you went. Did you do anything special to make the two exposures of an area overlap exactly to make lining things up in Photoshop easier or do you just rely on PhotoMerge to handle that?

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Owachomu, Natural Bridges National Monument
Owachomu, Natural Bridges National Monument
Nathanael (2 months ago)
One other note: If you apply your name (or chosen alias) to your photos' 'Author' field in their metadata before stitching and uploading them, that name will appear here on Photosynth.net next to the photo license (in the case of this pano the Copyright symbol).

Nathanael (2 months ago)
I love your panoramas, Peribu! You once asked on the forum for offline support. If you only shoot panoramas and no photosynths, then you should install Microsoft Research's original panorama viewer, HDView. http://bit.ly/msrhdview If you select 'Deep Zoom Tileset' from Microsoft ICE's Export Format drop down list that you'll be able to view your interactive panoramas offline. Just open the HTML file in the folder that ICE makes after it finishes saving the pano and your browser will open but all the imagery will be coming from your own hard drive. You might also want to try exporting your currently uploaded panos on Photosynth.net as .pano files which can be uploaded and viewed on OneDrive or can be viewed with the default Photos app on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

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Bluebells
Bluebells
Nathanael (2 months ago)
Gorgeous color!

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Snowfall at 3pm in new york city / queens!
Snowfall at 3pm in new york city / queens!
Nathanael (3 months ago)
Socks and thongs, eh?

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BCRoy2
BCRoy2
Nathanael (3 months ago)
Have you tried any of your shots in Photosynth 2 at https://photosynth.net/preview/upload ? The photos in this synth should work well as a Photosynth 2 spin synth.

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Labsample1
Labsample1
Nathanael (3 months ago)
This synth could use some shots from intermediate heights/altitudes to bridge the orbits. You might also try these photos in Autodesk's 123D Catch application or Agisoft's PhotoScan.

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trabalho tic
trabalho tic
Nathanael (3 months ago)
If these were all shot from the same location and zoom level, I think they would work pretty well as a panorama in Microsoft ICE. http://bit.ly/microsoftice

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panoramica exterior
panoramica exterior
Nathanael (3 months ago)
Greetings, friend! You might also want to try these photos in Microsoft ICE http://bit.ly/microsoftice or Photosynth 2 https://photosynth.net/preview/upload

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Sao Martinho - Santa Catarina - Brazil
Sao Martinho - Santa Catarina - Brazil
Nathanael (3 months ago)
Beautiful images! You might want to go into the editor and change the option to 'Photo Up' instead of 'World Up' on this synth.

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Petrified National Park 1
Petrified National Park 1
Nathanael (3 months ago)
Hi, Aaron, Sorry to hijack your comments section here. I just wanted to let you know that I replied to you on the forum about creating photosynths as opposed to panoramas. https://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=6b63cb81-8b57-4d5d-a978-41d5509bf59a&dis=6013d561-37cf-46a9-aaed-69b5b491058c

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Shellah Bellah Jewelry
Shellah Bellah Jewelry
Nathanael (3 months ago)
Beautiful selection and excellent use of highlights! If you happen to have a new-ish version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements for Windows, you might want to try this Photoshop plugin from Microsoft Research: http://bit.ly/pstops It allows you to upload panoramas from Photoshop to Photosynth.net ICE is very easy to use, but does not allow you to crop the image or do any manual editing before uploading. For displaying merchandise, the jagged edges of a stitch such as this one may be considered unattractive by your potential customers, so being able to trim the edges a little more gracefully before uploading could be a benefit.

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Behind Studio 2880 in Prince George
Behind Studio 2880 in Prince George
Nathanael (3 months ago)
I was also going to mention that if you're going to shoot a lot of stitched panoramas, you probably want to invest in a panoramic tripod head if you want no stitching errors in your panorama. The reason why is explained here: http://www.johnhpanos.com/epcalib.htm Some of the cheaper tripod heads out there are available from Nodal Ninja or the Atome from 360 Precision, but if you want a fully automated robotic one, there are very expensive panoramic tripod heads from people such as GigaPan. http://nodalninja.com/ http://360precision.com/360/index.cfm?precision=products.atome_main_en http://www.gigapan.com/cms/shop/store

Nathanael (3 months ago)
I love the feeling of huddling under the tree branches that you've captured here. A few more highlights might help new viewers engage with the scene more quickly. Looking up to the top of the tree http://bit.ly/l2fbs2880-treetop looking out to the buildings in the distance http://bit.ly/l2fbs2880-buildings and the child in the snow http://bit.ly/l2fbs2880-snowchild are all good candidates for highlights. Using your camera's Manual exposure settings in the future might help you avoid jarring transitions in lighting like this one: http://bit.ly/l2fbs2880-branch

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Spin around in a circle
Spin around in a circle
Nathanael (3 months ago)
You might want to add your name (or chosen alias) to your photos' 'Author' field before uploading them, so that it appears next to the photo license in the lower left corner of the viewer. You can do so with Windows' File Explorer/My Computer or with a basic photo editor such as Microsoft's Photo Gallery. :: Separately, I'd be curious about how the photos used to create this would do as a 'Panorama' style photosynth in the Photosynth 2 Tech Preview: https://photosynth.net/preview/upload/

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Nocne 360°
Nocne 360°
Nathanael (4 months ago)
I'm curious as to how the original photos which you used to make this would fare as a panning photosynth in Photosynth's Tech Preview here: https://photosynth.net/preview/

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Dun Aonghasa
Dun Aonghasa
Nathanael (9 months 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 (10 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 (Over 1 year 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 (Over 1 year 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
janauswien (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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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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