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#1 360texas

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:54 AM

Just finished a panorama imaging project of clients solar products.

Yes, I photoshop modified our prius v to put the logo on the front grill just for this photography session.

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The solar panels and wind generator imaging were taken with a Canon 5d and Sigma 8mm Fisheye lens on top of 6 meter/ 18 foot photo pole. The Cars images were taken on a normal tripod.



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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:17 AM

Good stuff! Two thoughts came to mind besides the cool 360 images - we need some rain - there's an awful lot of brown out there for this time of year; and what's up with the Volt? Seems he could have thrown a little water at it and cleaned it up some for the shoot! :rolleyes:
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:48 AM

LOLLL... I asked him about that... but he said... "People should see the reality of living in the Texas country side. The county road is paved but the last 1/2 mile private road from our ranch gate to the house is graded dirt ". He also mentioned that the last few trips to Fort Worth he got 100+ miles per gallon. I said we washed our Prius [reduces parisitical wind friction] before todays trip to the ranch and only got 50.4 miles per gallon.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:07 AM

As usual, crazy good stuff. I don't even kind of understand how this panorama stuff can work. Really amazing. Also, I am surprised that it is so fast... that it doesn't take 45 minutes to load something so powerful.

Also, love the "make your own juice" gear. I love the concept. When the sun shines or the wind blows you make electricity. How great is that. I think I need to buy a 10 acre farm with a 900 square foot house on it and get a wind generator and or solar panels.

I have a friend (old workmate) that retired a couple of years ago and has a 90 acre farm toward Granbury. He has a pretty high hill and was looking into wind generators. Have not talked to him in 3 years or so and I wonder how it panned out.

My ex-business partner lives on a private island off of Key West Florida. (Cooks Island) He is off the grid. Has solar panels but still needs to drag diesel fuel back and forth from the mainland. (like 1/2 mile out and can only be navigated at high tide.) I keep thinking he needs more solar panels. Air conditioning is his big need. Not using the A/C much just drove off his girlfriend of 10 years in fact. I am going to get a bunch of solar panels and go find his girlfriend! I would have one super efficient room unit A/C in the bedroom only. (when you are like 60 miles from Cuba, it is that cold A/C that draws the babes in... :laugh:
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 09:50 AM

That's true - one thing we've learned about Texas is that you can't keep your car clean for long!

Impressive numbers on the Volt, although for us it still doesn't justify the price. We only spend about $1,500 a year on gas, so if the Volt cuts that by 2/3 and saves us $1,000 per year, it would have to last 15 plus years to break even (I believe they are priced a good $15k above the Acura we are driving now). Of course there's supposed to be more to the decision than that - the whole 'green' argument - but that also brings up the question of where all these dead batteries are going to go...

Love the idea of wind and solar power, and even love the idea (but not the price) of electric cars like the Tesla Roadster and the Fisker Karma (gorgeous!), but being the heavy footed hot-rod loving kind of guy I am, I'll probably never go that route before they pry my license away from me :laugh:

I wonder if the T&P allows solar panels on the roof...
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:06 AM

Just thought I would show y'all the camera rig that was used to create the panoramas.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:38 AM

Nice! Makes my Canon SX-120 look like a kid's toy!
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:46 AM

Ron, Creating great imaging is only 10% equipment and 90% effort by the person looking through the view finder.

I have seen your work... and you do take great imaging.. keep it up !



Nice! Makes my Canon SX-120 look like a kid's toy!


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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:29 PM

Thanks - I appreciate that! On the subject of numbers, I have found over the past few years that only about 2% to 3% of the pictures I take make it to my 'favorites' folder - I guess that means 97% junk, but I have a good time trying!
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:53 PM

There is real truth to your comment.

My brother is a professional photographer. 20 years ago he told me that his experience was 2 single images out of 100 [and that was using expensive film processing and printing]. I suspect using digital cameras ... you can take as many as your storage card can handle. Then following your review just delete the image sets you do not think meet your expectations.

With us... we took 5 panorama image sets [4 single images at 90 rotation = 1 set] Then we pick and choose which set works for us. On that last photoshoot... we took 5 image sets and and 3 sets were keepers.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 07:01 AM

Digital cameras have definitely freed up my shutter finger! As you say, you can snap away to your heart's content (or the limit of your card) - I recently walked from the T&P to Walgreens on Henderson and took just over 100 pictures on that short journey. I don't recall if I got my 2% to 3% of "good" photos out of it, but that is generally followed by an outright deletion of probably 20% to 40% for being off-center, out of focus, not level, or whatever reason. If I were still paying for film development, that process would indeed be expensive!
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