Contrast my photosynth of a pictograph in Canyonlands National Park:
versus simple synth that tends to prove the concept really well:
Your efforts on photosynth probably reach more towards proof of concept, I'd imagine, and therefore minimalism really does make sense.
I was surprised to learn that you'd shot these shots at Skaftafell prior to PS's creation. Serves me right for only scanning the description...
I see what you mean: Many photos confuse where few photos illuminate.
What I'm noticing in my own work is the advantage of drilling into a photo by approaching an object and taking another photograph, and then repeating this approach five to ten times.
Your point is well taken, though. What I would consider to be the best "statue synths" are those that follow a *single* circle of photos around an object (creating the donut orbis) and then, perhaps, come in through a single drilled path in order to get a lot of close-ups. My sense is that these 3D models are more difficult than the rock art or museum galleries to synth.
Personally, I love shooting objects that have both possibilities in them: A long approach and a "end object" that looks good in close-up.
I am just wrapping up a trip to Southeastern Utah and I've created a series of synths that should exemplify this type of approach. I'm writing from a hotel now, I'm afraid.
Glad to catch your reply at last.
These photos were all taken in 2004, well before Photosynth was around, I spent alot of time going through my archives finding photos that would synth. While the results arent always as synthy, each shot was individually composed. If I had been taking with creating a synth in mind I definitely would have taken more photos. Im still undecided what makes a better experience though. A few well composed shots (like this synth) or a many many shots trying to cover all the angles, but without each photos getting individual consideration (example: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=47bd42a1-f939-4bdb-b916-54c71a714fb5
What do you think?
I can. That's what it's like, shown here by a great jump from an ultra-ultra wide shot to an up-close shot right ontop of the waterfall. I went here before I discovered Photosynth and that jump-step is top-notch, although I always wish you'd take about ten fold as many photos, Tony ;)
These photos are absolutely amazing. Can you just imagine being there in person?