Sending Blessings from the Beach
Deer Lake State Park, Emerald Coast, NW Florida, USA
24 November, 2005 at 11:24 a.m. local time
Canon 300D (Digital Rebel) SLR camera, EF-S 10-22mm lens at 22mm, RAW. IS0 100. 1/250 sec at f/18. Focal length 22 mm. Photoshop CS and QuickTime VR Authoring Studio for processing and stitching panorama. Macromedia Flash 8 for animation. QuickTime 7 Pro to composite the tracks. Macintosh computer: Dual2.7 GHz Power PC G5.
There were two parts of the panorama: the photographic outer and the animated inner.
For the outer, I took many series of 360-degree photographs at the beach location. The first photos were the best in terms of color and texture of the wind-driven sand. These patterns were important for the message. The photos had a severe lighting problem in the quandrant surrounding the sun over water. I tried on other days, overcoming the exposure problem and eliminating banding in the stitched image. However, the expression was not as good as the original. I chose meaning over technique.
For the inner, I developed images that I've worked on for years, most recently in Macromedia Flash. QuickTime no longer supports Flash.