Orbital Propulsion (Gravity Assist)



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The cover to this synth does not appear anywhere in it and is actually the work of the wonderful Jessica Blaine Gildersleeve. My snapshots are not worthy of the name photography next to her photos, but when thinking of which photo to use for the thumbnail her 'Delectable' came straight to mind.

Please enjoy the point cloud. You can reveal it by holding the Ctrl key or alternately by using the [P] key to toggle from photos plus points, to points only, photos only, and back again.

The title refers to the method of using the gravity of a planetary body such as a planet or moon to propel a spacecraft onward with it's intended trajectory. Imagine your camera as the satellite or spacecraft and any object in the scene as the planetary body whose gravity you will be taking advantage of (after a quick orbit) to propel yourself to the next object of interest. This seems to work extremely well and while it is not a very complex concept (take a circle of photos around everything you care about synthing and take photos on the way between them) very few people take advantage of it. Admittedly it does require quite a few more photos than the typical panorama type approach but the results are almost universally better in terms of fitting things into space correctly.
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Date Created 6/20/2009

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Fred_Oxford Over 1 year ago
incredible point cloud, and brilliant photography - the use of focus and depth of field are near perfect
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
Thanks so much. I do have to credit my camera for most of that, though.
dariusmonsef Over 1 year ago
Great synth Nathanael. Some highlights might help people explore around some of of the great detail shots.
Schn828 Over 1 year ago
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.
jimcseke Over 1 year ago
Beautifully surreal. I had to think of something else to write other than "wow!" and the words do fit. You did a great job with the transitions. Before viewing, I wondered what Orbital Propulsion had to do with flowers on the side of a street. Excellent choice for a title. I didn't realize how detailed the point cloud could be. I see now after viewing this, that I have to slow down my "orbital propulsion" a bit.
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