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Larnach Castle

by tolomea on March 8, 2010

Larnach's Castle

As you can clearly see here Larnach “Castle” is somewhat of an exaggeration. It’s my understanding that that is a name the locals attached to it later and that Larnach himself went with the far more modest “the Camp”.

This shot is actually a composite of several source images, however it isn’t a stitched panorama. Instead the compositing was done to remove tourists. To do this you take a dozen photos from the same location watching in particular for places where the tourists tend to loiter so you get at least one clean shot of every area. Then you run them through the panorama tools to get them all perfectly aligned. When you have the alignment right you get the pano tools to output all the remapped images which you load into Photoshop (aka Gimp) as a series of layers. Then you get your erase tool out, make sure you have a brush with a solid center and feathered edge selected and start erasing tourists by scrubbing them out of successive layers till you get to a layer where they are absent.

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Larnach Castle Garden Arch

by tolomea on March 8, 2010

Larnach Castle Garden Arch

This arched tunnel of vines is in the gardens immediately in front of Larnach Castle. It’s here because I like the framing of it, particularly how it draws the eye to the sculpture at the end.

Aside from that I really have nothing I wish to say about it. Although I guess I could knock Dunedin weather again, shot would definitely have been improved with some blue sky behind it.

I have updated this photo, some comments may refer to the original which is available on flickr.

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Us at Larnach Castle

by tolomea on March 7, 2010

Us at Larnachs Castle

People are always complaining that I don’t take enough photos of us. So heres us at Larnach Castle.

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Larnach Castle pagoda 360 panorama

by tolomea on March 7, 2010

Larnachs castle pagoda 360 panorama

This pagoda is in the gardens at Larnach castle, it was just too perfectly regular for me to not attempt a 360 degree panorama.

I’m also going to have to have a think about my panorama setup, currently I’m cheating and not compensating for the offset of the nodal point from the center of the camera. My cheat makes life simpler, but it has the downside that when the panorama has foreground and background elements I get stitching anomalies as the two don’t move together. Generally I avoid this by sticking to shots with limited to no foreground elements, but every so often there is a shot I’d like to do that is heavy on foreground elements. Like this one. I discussed this earlier on flickr.

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