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Here is the first in a series of panorama pictures I’ve worked on over the past years. This is of Zurich, taken from Üetliberg. It is composed of 211 single 15 MP pixels, and the result is an image of 33585×6832 pixels or 230 MP.

It was stitched using the open source panorama tool Hugin, and split into tiles using ImageMagick. The panorama is rendered using a home made HTML 5 Canvas viewer. If you’re interested, the source is open source under GPL 3.

The ImageMagick commands are worth a closer look. As mentioned, the complete image is 230 MP, and to serve scaled tiles, it useful to work with something smaller. Five different scales were created from the original. Here is the basic resize command to 50%:

convert input.tif -resize 50% output_50.tif

Next, each of the resized images were tilled following the excellent instructions on the IM site. They were cropped to equal tiles, so there is only a +1 pixel difference between some of the tiles. For the current panorama, I’ve chosen to ignore that difference, and render based on the smallest.

The following gives 49 columns and 8 rows, with the first top left hand tile starting with filename tile_0.jpg. It is worth noting that not all tile sizes worked; in some cases only the first row would be produced, changing (often increasing) the tile count would work around that.

convert output_50.tif -verbose -crop 49x8@ +repage +adjoin tile_%d.jpg

Finally, I wanted to put a water mark on some of the images. Here, I also followed the IM instructions without problems. To create the “stamp”, the following did it:

convert -size 300x50 xc:grey30 -font FreeSans-Medium -pointsize 20 -gravity center -draw "fill grey70  text 0,0  'Copyright'" stamp_fgnd.png
convert -size 300x50 xc:black -font FreeSans-Medium -pointsize 20 -gravity center -draw "fill white  text  1,1  'hblok.net' text  0,0  'Copyright' fill black  text -1,-1 'Copyright'" +matte stamp_mask.png
composite -compose CopyOpacity  stamp_mask.png  stamp_fgnd.png  stamp.png
mogrify -trim +repage stamp.png

To apply the stamp to an image, e.g. tile_20.jpg

composite -gravity SouthEast -geometry +10+10 stamp.png tile_20.jpg watermarked.jpg

Candid in London: “Where are you?”

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Towards the end of March 2009 I strolled the streets of London, shooting random people and random faces. After a few dozen shoots, I realiased the theme of the day: mobile phones. They would stand or walk, mostly unaware of their surroundings, absorbed in the most important topic of all: “Where are you?”


See the rest of the pictures here.

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Flight photos over Sarpsborg

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During my last trip to Norway, I used the new Moss/Rygge airport and flew via Copenhagen. During both flights we crossed right over Sarpsborg, Fredrikstad and Sandbakken, and I also had a beautiful view of Svinesund and Koster. I’ve updated the picture section we some flight photos:

http://hblok.net/pictures/public/misc/flights


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