Our Time Is Over, Old Friend



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On 2009 May 15 this house lit on fire. Regretably my camera batteries were flat and I couldn't catch the fire being put out, but I made my way over a day and a half later to get some shots around the house.

I must admit that I paid more attention to the old stump just outside than the house itself before one of the neighbors expressed concerns that the broken glass and nails might get me hurt and I decided to take a break to allay their fears.

The title of the synth is imagined as an excerpt from a conversation between the tree (now a stump see Bird's Eye View in Virtual Earth [by clicking the globe icon below this description and selecting 'Bird's Eye'] to see that the entire tree was standing not two years ago) and the house (now a hollow burned shell).

As with many of my synths, this is really more about learning what makes a good point cloud (the 3D model that Photosynth starts building from the photos) than high quality individual photographs.
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Date Created 5/17/2009

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K Over 1 year ago
this wasn't your house was it?
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
You're a quick commenter. :) No, thank God, this wasn't my house and no one was hurt.

Here are a couple of news stories about it.

TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
Beautiful point cloud!
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
Thanks, Tony.

I'm afraid my photos are nowhere near being in your league, but I can set up one killer point cloud of grotesque old tree stumps any day of the week. ;)
jimcseke Over 1 year ago
Just found this synth. Amazing. The pointcloud, obviously is very, very cool.
Synths like this inspire me.
jimcseke Over 1 year ago
Quick questions. Did you use a tripod this shoot? If it's not too personal, what brand and model of camera are you using here? I'm thinking of upgrading from my small digital, even though it takes great photos. Canon 780is 12.1 mp.
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
Hi, Jimcseke,

Thanks for commenting.

As to your questions I shoot a Nikon D60 (only 10 megapixels - 3872 x 2592) and, no, I wasn't carrying a tripod for this synth.

A useful tool to see what resolution people's photos were originally is Fiddler, available here: http://www.fiddler2.com/fiddler2/version.asp
Once you have it installed and it is monitoring your HTML traffic, visit the Direct3D viewer of any synth and watch for the deep zoom collection file (it ends with .dzc). Highlight it in Fiddler and you'll see a list of the deep zoom image (.dzi) format images in the synth, how large the image tiles are, and the total resolution of each image.

One interesting use for the dzi addresses is to use them with this page: http://livelabs.com/seadragon-ajax/embed-viewer/ which gives you a code snippet to paste into another page which will allow anyone to view that single image from the synth and zoom in and out of it without ever needing to install Silverlight.
jimcseke Over 1 year ago
Thanks for the cool info. Much appreciated. P.S. If you comment to me again, just type Jim instead of Jimcseke. Have a great day!
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
Aye, Jim, will do.
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