Monday, October 22, 2007
Lebuh King - 1 Block, Edit B
That being the case, today I wanted to work on a personal project: A very massive and time consuming project it ended up becoming. I wanted to do a big project for my Penang Architecture Portfolio..."Lebuh King - 1 Block, Edit B, is "The Project" I worked on today.
A side note: I'm not quite sure why the biggest image I could upload was stuck at 1024 wide - the file I uploaded was 3000+ pixels wide. Hummmm. I'll see if I can reload the photo...(Update: No, the damned thing won't load up the proper sized image, so What' the ....)
OK, anyway, this is a FULL Block Photograph, taken along Lebuh King, in Little India, Penang, between Lebuh Gereja and Lebuh China.
I went early in the morning so to avoid some of the Sunday morning shoppers and tourists, etc. Nevertheless, as I started, there was one obstacle after another getting in my way...cars parked where I needed to be, people, shop carts, it was madness!
To say this is a huge task to take a panorama like this is an understatement. It's easy to take a panorama with all sorts of distortion and uncorrected perspective, but to change the perspective on each shot and then attempt to make it line up, in a straight line afterward, is kind of a royal pain, but educational.
This image is a series of 16 shots.
Each image was Perspective Corrected (to the best fit for the adjoining of all images).
Each image was hand placed and aligned. Minor aberrations were removed and corrected. That said, this image is not exactly "factual" - it can't be under the circumstances. Some architectural details needed to be removed just to adjoin the separate images.
Shooting time was about 30 minutes. Image processing and editing work was 16-hours.
The original image is nearly 26,000 pixels wide. I had to up my virtual memory to 6GB so that the software wouldn't crash - could sure use a duel or quad core machine.
I discovered that probably the best way to do this type of shot is using a rail-system, like camera crews use in the making of movies. I would need to partition off a section of road (probably need Polis Permission to do that, LOLOL), set up a rail system, place my tripod and camera on there and roll it along down the road as I take pictures.
I used my tripod, but with all the bumps in the road, and the double parked cars in the way and other obstructions, I was never assured that my camera was in the same alignment each time the shutter was released - VERY PROBLEMATIC! Each time the angle changes even a little bit, the perspective is totally jacked-up! The frustrations of keeping everything lined up had to come later when working on the computer.
If I had had the time and the forethought, I would have taken with me a 100-foot measuring tape, lay out a very straight line, marked with spray paint, so I know where my tripod feet need to be placed, etc. However, I'm wondering if that constitutes "destruction or defacing of public property" by marking the road, hehehehehe. Oh well, may be worthwhile finding out, ; ^ )
That would solve the straight line problem, but then you have the other angles to keep lined up (the ups & downs and the level of the camera). Potholes are still a problem in this regard.
Because of the close working distance, in some sections of the road, not all the building parts were captured, so that is why some of the buildings are sliced. Other portions were just so badly out of perspective, that the only option was to chop them off at the offending level.
Using the "Stitching" software was tried first, but I was not happy with the way it creates unusual shaped merged images (sideway S-images), so that each image fits the puzzle (so to speak). Plus, the perspective is still messed up when using the "Stitch" software.
Anyway, I never tried shooting the entire length of a city block, so this is the resulting project for Lebuh King, from Lebuh Gereja to Lebuh China. A wonderful mix of historic architecture in one shot!
I just wish that you could see the 3000 pixel-wide sized image I had planned to upload to my gallery - Oh Well...This will have to do, but it's not the same effect as the "Big-Ass" Shot!
Uploaded by fine-grain on 22 Oct 07, 1.52AM MYT.