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Photosynth

 

Photosynth

Was both software and a free hosting service at Photosynth.net. When Microsoft declared the it was closing Photosynth.net and advising people to download their work I did not realize that there would be other ways to view the Photosynth images. There was for a while, so I missed a trick there. However, I think with the closure of Silverlight, Photosynth may be no more. A least in that form. There is another Photosynth, but is is not as capable. 

I recall going to a statue on the Strand in London, camera to hand.

 This was the place. I took 100s of photos. Around the statue at no more than 15o  separation. Repeat at different levels. Repeat at different zooms. Change direction and walk around again, repeating all the previous. So whilst the first set were straight on the next were more oblique, say to the left of straight on, still at no more than 15o  separation. Repeat again with the oblique, to the right of straight on. All of these could be feed into Photosynth to produce a walk around 3D image.

This is no longer available in Photosynth.

The copy of the old site below has had all the links and images disabled as Photosynth.net, the host, no longer exists.


Photosynth


It is a phenomenal piece of software which had me absolutely amazed when I first used it. It was very easy to use, and just did what it set out to do.

See the Silverlight introduction page for more background information.

It is good for small panoramas such as Vancouver Docks below. It is amazing when you just chuck almost 500 photos at it and it resolves most of them into the view from Vancouver's Lookout Tower. Also below. I think it would have been a full 360degree view if I had done it all at the same time. I had already used some of the images in Part A as a test, so they were not included in the full run. As to be expected, it does take a long time to upload and process so many images, but I think the result is worth it.

The software can be downloaded from the Photosynth web site. You do not need to have Photosynth installed to view either the embedded images or the web site. You do however need to have Silverlight installed.

 

My Photosynth


My Photosynth projects are below;

They open with the Silverlight 3D view. The button with the two rectangles has alternative views, including a 2D view showing all of the constituent photos. After exploring the different views, you could play the slideshow to be wowed again.

 

Part of the view of docks and railway from Vancouver Lookout tower. The Lookout tower is on top of the Harbour Centre office building.

Photosynth - Vancouver Docks

 

View from Vancouver Lookout Tower 2010. Part A of a 360 degree view.

Photosynth - Vancouver Lookout View 360 part A

 

The Vancouver Lookout is a high level observation tower near Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. The Lookout tower is on top of the Harbour Centre office building. This is the view on a sunny summers day in 2010. This is made up of over 400 photos.

Photosynth - Vancouver Lookout View 360 part B

 

A day out at the International Festival of the Sea held in Portsmouth in 2005.

Photosynth - International Festival of the Sea, Portsmouth

 

On the way north on MS Richard With, a Hurtigruten ship. Day 2 includes a visit to Alesund. This is the view from the docks and a quick trip into the town centre.

Alesund, Norway

 

Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Ironbridge was the first arch bridge in the world to be made of cast iron. Construction began in 1779 and the bridge opened on New Year's Day 1781.

Ironbridge

 

 

 

 

 

Views from the Shard over London at the end of August 2014.

I went to the Shard for the views, but also with the express intent of creating a 360deg Photosynth panorama. I am pleased with the result. I noticed that if the jump in image magnification is too large the software does not make the connection. I stared with a 300mm lens (450mm in 35mm equivalent) and did a full circuit of the viewing level, the 69th floor. Then I changed lens to a 35mm lens (52mm in 35mm equivalent) for the backdrop. I finished with a 15mm lens (22mm in 35mm equivalent) for the interior. I think if I had also done a complete circuit with a 100mm lens the software would have been more able to do the pattern recognition required to stitch the synth together. Despite some of the close ups not meshing with the background, it was a brilliant day out.

View from the Shard, London 360 and The City of London from the Shard.

Another example of Photosynth as a panorama including the Shard by 'nutterguy'.

From the same set of photos I have created the following panoramas;-

HMS Belfast
Tower Bridge

 

Direct Links to my Photosynth


Vancouver Docks

Vancouver Lookout View 360 part A

Vancouver Lookout View 360 part B

International Festival of the Sea, Portsmouth

Alesund, Norway

Ironbridge

 

 

My favourites at Photosynth.net


Nordlys Vega Norway

Nordlys 23-24 jan 2012

Aurora Borealis

Kilimanjaro Uhuru Peak: 1 Jan 2011

Durbar Square in Kathmandu Nepal

Rooftop view of Kathmandu, Nepal

View from the top of San Jacinto Peak

Cairo hi-res

Seattle from Smith Tower 360

Toronto - CN Tower Panorama

Winter Palace (Hermitage) - Peacock Clock room, Saint Petersburg

Jordan Staircase, Hermitage, St Petersburg

Square in front of Hermitage museum

The House Group - Sequoia National Park

View from Savage Rock, Denali National Park

Caelifera - Grasshopper

Seeing the wood for the trees, New Forest, UK

Stonehenge Avenue

Karzai's Presidential Palace - Our most detailed panorama from Afghanistan - aerial view

City Center of Kabul Afghanistan from Hillside

At the Klauf beach in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Mt. Everest

The SilverTops Everest Trek

Africa, Tunis, El Djem

The Royal Wedding: The Kiss

St. George's Chapel (Outside), Windsor Castle - Windsor, United Kingdom

Burj Khalifa

Best picnic lunch spot ever!

Sagrada Família

Mont Blanc-Tete Rousse 3167m

 

 

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