Utah And Arizona Trip 2017 Part 2

Since we had decided to complete our Zion visit until after the weekend, we were left with an open day. After consulting several online travel guides, we decided to visit Snow Canyon State Park. Snow Canyon State Park is a … Continue reading

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Utah And Arizona Trip 2017 Part 1

This past April and May, my wife and I decided on a road trip to Utah and Arizona. Our plan was to visit Zion Nation Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley, and Phoenix. We drove down from … Continue reading

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The Shadow Knows

When the conditions are right, such a clear blue sky, your 360-degree image may contain a shadow of the camera and tripod. Therefore, you should try to place the camera and tripod to avoid the shadow, minimize the shadow, or at least make the shadow’s removal easy.

In the first image taken at Middleton Place, the camera and tripod shadow is hidden in the shadows of the trees- no post-processing is required.

For the images of the United States Custom House, the sky was clear and the Sun was high in the sky. There were no obvious places to hide the shadow; however, I knew it would be relatively easy to remove the shadow with photoshop.
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Charleston SC October 2017

My wife and I decided to take a last minute trip to Charleston, South Carolina. We left on October 22nd and returned on October 29th. For the first 2 days, there was heavy rain and it was impossible to take any … Continue reading

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Sony Alpha Rumors

A site I visit daily is Sony Alpha Rumors. The site is dedicated to Sony cameras, lenses, and related gear. If you are a Sony fan I recommend adding this site to your daily read.

Occasionally, they will link to interesting offers and the one that caught my attention today was A Special Deal For SAR Readers: Photographer’s Projects Collection. I have used their HDR Projects software and decide to upgrade to the projects collection.

 

 

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360° Imaging

For the last 2 months, I have been involved with 360° imaging for e-commerce. I have been working with Joshua Tree Depot and Ashley Karic to produce 360° product images.

This Joshua Tree Depot blog post highlights some of my early work with their products.

When I began to work on the projected, I needed to obtain a photographic turntable. Since I would not only be working with mannequins but also models I needed a turntable that could take at least 200 lbs load.

I ended up selecting the Crayfish 55 by Seabass. This turntable can handle up to 140 kg (over 300 lbs) and easily interfaces to Nikon, Canon, or Sony cameras.

My lighting was already taken care of, as I already own an Elinchrom Quadra Ranger RX flash system.
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Entrance Pupil Measurement of the Voigtlander 10 mm

The Voigtlander 10 mm lens does not come with any manufacturer data regarding the position of the entrance pupil. However, being an extreme wide-angle lens the entrance pupil must be very close to the front of the lens.

Following the method discussed in Measuring The Entrance Pupil, the entrance pupil can easily be determined- see Table 1.

The entrance pupil position from the image plane was determined to by 68.7 mm or 50.7 mm from the flange. On the Roundshot VR Drive with the Really Right Stuff MPR-CL nodal rail, this gives a measurement of 79.2 mm.
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