Thursday, January 10, 2008

Playing with the New Camera

The above shot is of the lake on my apartment complex property. My camera came with software that will stitch several images together to make a panoramic view. This is my first attempt. The results aren't quite to my liking but all in all, not too bad.

These 4 shots (now stitched into one) were taken free hand with no tripod. It was a bright sunny day so no flash was needed. I tried to keep the camera level and at the same height. This worked for the most part. The software did the image matching and stitching for me so I didn't need to do any interference. Not all the images were at the exact same height so it cropped the view slightly from top to bottom.

These ducks and geese are the primary residents of the lake. They are the main reason for lake side traffic. Well, that plus the paved jogging trail. This was taken on the same day as the panoramic view. There was this guy with his kid and wife feeding them from his truck. I stood beside them to take all the shots.

This stuff isn't fancy. Things should improve with practice, which I hope to get plenty of. The complex I live on is huge, 18 acres. The lake used to be a couple of watering holes for animals. Now they are merged and landscaped into a lovely venue with playground equipment for kids, wildlife for bird lovers, and a very neat fitness area for those who like to run/walk close to home but in a park like setting.

14 comments:

San said...

Lee, that looks like a great place to wander around or jog or run. For fitness or to claim photo opps.

So glad to see you're having so much fun with the camera. Love the ducks and geese! No wonder they create lakeside traffic.

Lee said...

Thanks, San! It is a lovely place to go walking. I've done some photography class work out there a while back. Guess I don't have to tell you that those ducks and geese in the photo are only a drop in the bucket. There are tons more. There is also a swan on the lake, used to be two. And there is a crane who frequents the far end. :) In the spring...there are whole chains of ducklings and gosling following proud parents around. :)

Peace!

murat11 said...

What beautiful water to live nearby.

Lee said...

Thanks Paschal! Next time you're in the area grab your family, bring a bag of bread, and come feed the birds. It's only 10 minutes from church.

Joy!

jsd said...

cool panoramic shot - looks like we'll be seeing more of your photos no?

Lee said...

Thanks JS! Yes, more than likely there will be future photographs. :)

Peace!

david mcmahon said...

Nice work with the panorama, Lee. How strange that I just posted a panorama as well!!

Lee said...

Thank you, David! Digital manipulations are fun aren't they? Can you imagine doing this with a film slr?

Cheers!

Gledwood said...

Those ducks are so entertaining!







yeah!!






;->....

Lee said...

Hi Gledwood! Yes, they are loads of fun. Thank you for stopping by.

Peace!

San said...

Hi, Lee. Just popping in from the high desert to sneak a peek at your water again.

Hug.

Lee said...

LOL Hi San! Is it your beaver spirit that finds my water so fascinating? :) The weather decided to add to our water with a nice bit of rain today.

HUGS Back!

Alia said...

Well said.

Lee said...

Thank you, Alia. And welcome!