Thursday, May 27, 2010

Alexander 6, V67.

 It was a busy day indeed. I'm signing off from work earlier today, so I'm posting this as early as possible.
It was a weird day by its beginning... I didn't hear the alarm, No gas station was working fine while my gas tank was on "E" and drove all the way to work fearing it would stop suddenly. I filled it later anyway.
After arriving to work I've began putting samples into the freeze dryer at once, and then went out to fill some gas and when I came back I worked with my camera to snap some labs, as I've promised my boss.
The first lab was actually a narrow space and I'm still not sure that it would work fine anyway, but let's hope it will. In a narrow space, the chances for a parallax error increases, specially that I'm not using any specialized head for panoramas. However, it went on fine so far, but the real stuff will show up when I get back home and upload the images to my PC.
After finishing from this lab, or what we call sometimes, the anti-compton lab after a big device in this room, I moved to another room which actually was not planned for the shoot, but my colleague was working on the proposed lab that my director wanted me to shoot, so I took the chance now to try out my mini-tripod for real. I've never did before, but however, I'm not losing anything; if it worked, excellent, if not, I'm not bothering with it.
Thoughts went on and on for how to work with this mini-tripod now. The thing is that the body of the camera and lens together might make the legs not stable and eventually the mini-tripod would fall down altogether. Because of this, shooting in portrait position was not possible. Moreover, the room, or which we call the "sample room", is full of tables in the middle with samples and containers upon them, and that alone was  problem to shoot a panorama that way. I took the risk however, and mounted the mini-tripod with the camera fixed (with the remote which we shall always use) and I went over the tables! Thank God no one saw me there; I'm not ready for unnecessary comments.
In order to rotate the camera here of course, we cannot do it as it is the case with any big tripod, but instead, I had to rotate the whole legs of the tripod in a circular motion and keeping an eye on the front of the lens to measure, visually, a proper amount of angle to shoot. Of course I was using my fisheye lens here. Also, for easiness of use, I put a little bit of vaseline on the base of each leg, just a little bitty bit, for easiness of movement and to reduce the friction. I was planning on making some sort of disk with a scale to see how much I'm rotating my mini-tripod, but after thinking about it, it might be enough to check for this visually, for now at least. I had another idea though of how to make sure that the mini-tripod doesn't move so much off the center while rotating (that is the center of the first shot before rotating). Mainly, I think a thread and a coin would do. I can attach a thread to the bottom of the mini-tripod and let it down on a coin and make the thread be somehow on the center of the coin. By this while rotating and keeping an eye on the thread and the coin, we would somehow make some stability in position here, but not completely though. In stitching, the software is sometimes impowered with algorithms to compensate for such shift in position, but if such shifts are so large, then no use I can say.
Shooting then was completed in two rows; one as horizontal as it could be (since the mini-tripod has no scales) and the other row was done elevating the camera little bit. Finally, a zenith was taken.
The awkward thing about this experiment is that, when I elevated the level of the camera by some degree, I was not able to check the LCD screen to see for myself the cursors of the exposure brackets. Thus, I changed from completely Manual mode (where I stabilize the aperture and change the shutter speed), to Av Mode (automatic choice for the shutter accordingly). Another thing that was frustrating is to walk behind the camera on those tables filled with containers (and some glassware that I was about to break down with my feet!). Mainly, I was afraid that some part of my body would get captured while shooting because of the horizontal wide range of the fisheye lens, and I had to try as much as possible to be behind the camera and never beside it. Because of all of this fuss, I'm not sure this would be a good panorama, but it is something we can learn from at least!

Right, now I have to complete my work with the slideshow for a friend! 6 slides and almost took all day!

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1585. then Alexander asked Biryári: and where to go next?
1586. I do not know the lands, and I do not know my destination
1587. the old man then thought for some time and then he said
1588. "be my guest tonight, and I shall look in my old books,
1589. I might find the answers that you need for such questions"
1590. then Alexander said: and what about my Charnagút?
1591. Biryári replied: I shall search for it in the books as well,
1592. this weird looking sword certainly has a purpose in life
1593. thus the two agreed that Alexander shall rest that night
1594. and the food was prepared for the Cadid outside the hut
1595. while Alexander exchanged the ropes with chains
1596. and prepared some herbs by the help of the wife
1597. to treat the eye of the Cadid that was damaged before
1598. and the wife took care of his bed and prepared it
1599. while Alexander slept on it with the first hour of the set
1600. he felt like his backbone is going into pieces
1601. and his muscles felt the stream of blood rushing through
1602. Alexander did not have a night like this for months
1603. and never felt a bed other than the sands for months
1604. while the old man sat alone with his books
1605. flipping through the pages of the written history
1606. under the light of his little burning candle
1607. and he spent hours reading and reading
1608. until he raised up with a surprise on his eyes



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