Category Archives: Photography

Sharing my photos

For about a year now, my Twitter profile has contained the phrase “Occasional blogger, amateur photographer, head in the Cloud”. Now since you’re reading this you know I write blog posts occasionally and that the content of most of them is rather computery, so that’s 2 of the 3 claims sorted.

I’ve wanted to share some of my photos for a while, but I’d never got round to it (unless you count the very occasional pictures I post on this blog), until last week when I finally opened a 500px account. The username is DanPope, simply because danielthepope was already taken 😦

Hopefully I’ll put something new up there each week. Let’s see how long I can keep that up for! I created an IFTTT recipe to automatically tweet my uploads too.

Check out my photos here: https://500px.com/danpope

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Party in the City

Last night, Bath hosted its annual ‘Party in the City‘ – a night of music and arts in multiple venues across the city. Even if you stayed for 10 seconds in each event, you probably still wouldn’t be able to see everything.

I was supposed to be singing with THE Bath Chorus* in the Abbey, but I lost my voice 😦

Instead I wandered around and watched some of the other acts and took some photos.

There was a samba band in the Circus

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Bachalpsee

Bachalpsee, Grindelwald, Switzerland, Schreckhorn

This is one of my favourite places I have travelled to so far. It’s in Switzerland, in the Bernese Oberland region. There’s a map for you to pan around.

My family were on holiday in Wengen, a town nearby, in the summer of 2008. Bachalpsee is quite a trek, you’ve got to travel a fair way by cable car, then follow a well trodden path. There are actually two small lakes there. I can’t remember the name of the other one, but Bachalpsee is the smaller one with the view of the Schreckhorn. That, coupled with the soft ringing of the nearby cowbells, makes it a very relaxing place to rest, definitely worth the walk there!

I used this photo as a basis for my GCSE Art exam. The idea was to paint something in an impressionist style. My research was good, but the final painting wasn’t in any particular style, and I got a D overall. Although it technically wasn’t impressionist, I still liked it. After the exam I asked when I could get my painting back, and they said I’d get it at the end of the year.

So at the end of the year I tried collecting the painting along with the other stuff I had made over the past 2 years, but it wasn’t there. After enquiring, it turned out my painting was in an exhibition for the school’s other building across town. I never saw that painting again.

Maybe one day I’ll try to paint it again.

STFC Photowalk

Last Thursday, STFC hosted a photo competition around site. It was open to members of the public as well as staff. We are allowed to submit 5 photos.

I’ve narrowed it down to 10, but I’m so indecisive, and everyone in my family seems to have a different opinions.

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Polling has now closed. I didn’t win 😦

Panorama-ama

At the start of second year computer science, we were taught the concept of image stitching. There’s a lot of complicated maths involved, but it was understandable, and more importantly, interesting. Turns out my lecturer had previously contributed to the panorama stitching feature in Windows Live Photo Gallery. He’s even got an app!

Anyway, before I had those lectures, I was still using the tool to stitch photos together. When I went to Venice with the 6th form in 2010, I took a burst of photos from the top of a tower overlooking most of the city. I was using a cheap compact camera (hence the weird dark patches), but I zoomed in a fair way to get as good a resolution as possible.

The end result was pretty impressive. I have a panorama of 52 megapixels and 8.3MB. It looks pretty cool zoomed out, but even cooler when you zoom in and you can see all of the people walking across the bridges. Click below for awesome.

Venice panorama

More recently, when the Olympic flame came to Bath, I took part in the Guiness world record attempt to create the largest human Olympic rings. We beat the record with 2234, but it was unofficial – I don’t quite know why… This picture has everyone who took part apart from me.

Human olympic rings world record attempt Bath Royal Crescent

Creation

If you want to make a panoramic photo for yourself, it’s really quite simple. If you’re running Windows, chances are you have Windows Live Photo Gallery. If you don’t, it’s part of the free Windows Live Essentials package which you can download.

When taking photos, it’s best (but not essential) to put your camera in burst mode and take all the photos you want. Burst mode simply makes sure you have the same exposure for each photo you take so you have less chance of having strange dark or light patches in the finished photo. Make sure the photos overlap, and it might be best to have a couple of rows so the image isn’t too wide.

To try and illustrate what I mean, here’s a panoramic I took from Schilthorn in Switzerland. This is the first one I took (back in 2006), and I wish I’d taken more of the ground and sky. It’s actually a 360° image, clicking below opens it in Photosynth (which, coincidentally, my lecturer also had a role in creating).

Schilthorn Mountainscape Switzerland

But anyway, once you have taken the photos, import them into Windows Live Photo Gallery. Select all the images that make up your panoramic, then click Create → Panorama. Wait a short while for the magic to happen, then save it where you want it. You’ll then be presented with the awesomeness that is your panoramic photo.

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Wide angle

Don’t think you can only use this for distant landscapes. It works wonders on wide-angle shots – just take several rows. It’s best noticed when taking photos of rooms indoors. I really miss Brendon Court…

Brendon Court University of Bath

A Picture Tells A Thousand Words

Another thing I want to write about is that of some of my photos. Sometimes a photo isn’t fully justified by just a single line description on Facebook. Each photo has a story, as yet untold. Now, I’m not aiming to write a thousand words about every photo I put up here (that would just be silly), but a paragraph, or two, or three – more than I would normally write on Facebook.