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Thomas K Sharpless

Thomas K Sharpless

personal web pages
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
TKSharpless@gmail.com

I'm a retired software engineer who got into panoramic photography by hacking a desktop document scanner into a rotating slit camera. I eventually built 5 scancams. They made amazing pictures, but had some severe technical limitations that finally led me to conventional cameras and stitching software. Now I have come to consider myself a photographer as much as an engineer.

I want to present very wide angle views that don't look "wide-angle" or "distorted". To that end I have developed software, based on the practice of 18th century view painter Gian Paolo Panini, to render wide scenes in a condensed perspective which often looks more natural than the commonly used rectilinear or cylindrical projections. And I am exploring 3-D stitching and multi-perspective as means to build convincing images out of photos taken from different positions.

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Contributions


wwp915 | Peace

Let there be Peace on Earth

Philadelphia, PA, USA

September 28, 2015 13:45 UTC (18:45 local)

wwp1213 | Best of 2013

Herreshoff Marine Museum

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA

1 September 2013, Noon

wwp913 | Mortality

Old Mortality and His Pony

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

September 26 2013 14:00 Local

!HTML5/Flash

wwp1212 | Best Of 2012

Fox Islands Thoroughfare

Vinalhaven (Penobscot Bay), Maine, USA

17 August 2012 17:35

wwp912 | Necessity

Philly Willy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

10 AM local

wwp1211 | Best Of 2011

Crinan Sea Lock

Crinan, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK

April 9, 2011, near noon

wwp908 | Color

Plausible Colors

Germantown (Philadelphia) Pennsylvania, USA

September 20 2008 17:30 local

wwp608 | Elevation

Skyscape Platform

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

About noon, 21 June 2008

wwp907 | Sustenance

Urban Wilderness

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

11 AM 20 September 2007

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