January 26th, 2011
On my way into work this morning I recieved a phone call from one of my clients at Disney. He informed me of a small fire-drill. A fire-drill is a term they use for a project that has just come up that usually needs to be done by early morning the next day.
Unfortunately, the first thing I had to this morning was some organizational stuff for muppets. Then I had to meet my buddy Tony for a lunch that we’ve been planning on doing for the past two weeks. At about 2pm I finally got started on my fire-drill.
At 9pm I drove off to pick up some dinner. I got a burger and fries from Del Taco. About an hour later I felt completely sick. I had gotten food poisoning from the burger! I will never again eat Del Taco and for that matter fast food of any kind.
As the night went on I was feeling worse and worse. I had to finish this cut as well as get my creative thing done. And if I spent too much time looking at the computer screen I got seriously nauseous.
After numerous visits to the bathroom I came to the conclusion that I needed to lie down. I decided I’d finish this fire drill in the morning but before that I needed to do my creative thing.
I decided that I would try out this tutorial. It’s a pretty cool effect where you take a panoramic picture and turn it into a little planet. (I found it on a blog called Applyfilter where the individual is attempting to do a photography technique-a-day for 100 days). It’s something I’ve been thinking of doing since I found it and it seemed pretty simple, all I needed to do was shoot a panoramic picture.
So, I hopped in my car and drove up the street. I stopped on the corner of Olive and Verdugo in Burbank and took out my iphone. I used my iphone instead of my SLR because I don’t have a sufficient wide angle lens for my SLR.
There are a bunch of apps for the iphone that do panoramas, and in retrospect, I probably should’ve used one. Instead, I decided to just snap a series of pictures that I’d stitch together in the computer using a software called Hugin.
I guess I didn’t take the pictures with enough overlap because when I got back to the office and loaded the images into Hugin, it could not stitch them together. Instead, I got a very abstract image. I kind of liked the way it looked even though it wasn’t a panorama and I was tired so I took a few screengrabs of it using different projection modes within Hugin, which you can see above.
After that, I lied down on the sofa and set my iphone to wake me at 5am.
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