Pete's Stuff

The Seattle Skyline

Here it is—a 180 degree view of the Seattle skyline from Gasworks Park on the north edge of Lake Union. Also available in convenient 15 Mpx, 100 Mpx, and 250 Mpx sizes.

Starting from the left edge and moving to the right, you can see part of the old gas works; Capitol Hill; downtown; the Space Needle; Queen Anne; and the Aurora bridge and Lake Union docks.

I know it looks a bit glum, but that's Seattle weather for you. I think I'll do a second version of this panorama with the contrast boosted, especially in the center where the horizon is far away and the atmosphere washes out the downtown buildings.

The Lanipō Panorama Is Here...

So, my first vacation panorama is assembled. This is a 180 degree view, NNE from the lookout at the end of the Lanipō Trail, the same place as the video in my previous post.

The link below leads to a 2.5 megapixel version, but there's also a 25 megapixel version and a 250 megapixel version. The original is even larger, about 42,000 pixels wide, but it starts to get a little fuzzier and doesn't reveal much more detail than the 250 megapixel version.

One of the original photos. A bit of a hazy day, this.

This panorama was processed pretty heavily; it was a voggy day on the islands and I had to significantly increase the contrast, especially in the distant areas in the valley and out to sea.

The promised Seattle panorama is being stitched together right at this moment, so that will be coming in the next couple of days. The Makapu‘u Point panorama, although my favorite, has proven quite a bit harder to assemble because the large amount of ocean makes it difficult to align the photos. So I need to spend another couple of nights on it, I think.


They say that a pun is the lowest form of humor. So, something a little more um, elevated.

The Mississippi River valley viewed from Buena Vista Park in Alma, Wisconsin. Lock and Dam #4 is on the right, the Alma coal plant on the left, and the town down below. Click on the image to see a medium-sized version, or try the 25-megapixel large version and the 150-megapixel enormous version, if you think you can handle it! The full size version is big enough to read the street signs down in the town.

Made with Hugin for Mac, an powerful open-source panorama stitching program. I think it did a excellent job of putting together this image, even though I went out of my way to make it difficult:

  1. My tripod wasn't level.
  2. I forgot to fix the ISO, so the exposure varied between individual shots.
  3. It was basically facing into the sun. I hadn't planned it, so I just shot what I had when I got there.
  4. It was a hazy day with a warm south wind, so the contrast was bad.

Either way, it's good practice for what I'd really like to do, which is to climb Mount Elbert next year when I go to Colorado, and take a 360 degree, gigapixel view, hopefully in perfect, "severe clear" conditions like that excursion in 2007.


Found, on West River Road at the Greenway underpass. Within full view of thousands of commuters.

Click on the photo for a high resolution version.

I guess it was for Augustus :)

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Nothing says a great place to live like a community art project! (Well, maybe there's other things.) For some time now I've been aware of various murals in the Twin Cities, usually seeing them out the corner of my eye while driving past. Some of them are carefully planned, possibly commissioned works, others are obviously amateur, and of course there's always the kind made with spray paint. I remember one that used to be on the back side of a building in Dinkytown, painted by Heart of the Earth students in 1997. That building is no longer there; it's been converted into a contract parking lot by the irresistable expansion of the U of M. So I thought it would be fun, and perhaps timely, to start recording some of these walls in high resolution, taking multiple frames and using photo stitching software.

Presented: one for Longfellow, and one for Seward.

Click through for comments and larger versions, including the browser busters.


Art Along the Greenway

The Minneapolis Midtown Greenway is a fairly new bike trail that runs right through the middle of the city on an old railroad grade. As you head towards the river in the Seward neighborhood, where the trail abuts a series of industrial/commercial buildings, you'll see this off to your left:

So you keep going for while, and there's more:

Nope, not done yet!

There has to be at least a hundred feet of wall, that's decorated up as high as a person can reach, and higher in some places. Click through to see closeups of some creatures, a medium-sized version of the panorama, or even a very large version (28,000 by 1100 px) if you dare.