Brandon LeBlanc over at Windows Experience blog has created Panoramic view of around the Pacific Northwest, using Dell XPS M1530 (PRODUCT) RED Laptop with Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED, alongwith Canon HV20 HD Camcorder, and a Canon Digital Rebel XTi – both of which are Certified for Windows Vista.
On the road, I focused mostly on photography. Many of the places we visited didn’t really work well for video and I didn’t feel me standing in front of the camera playing “tour guide” would be of any real value. I relied heavily of course on Windows Vista and Windows Live Photo Gallery to import and manage my photos. Because the Canon Digital Rebel XTi is Certified for Windows Vista – it was hassle free to import sometimes up to 400 pictures into Windows Live Photo Gallery. And the photos themselves averaged about 3MB each as I was shooting in the highest quality possible at 10.1 megapixels.
In using Windows Live Photo Gallery, I have the ability to create a panoramic stitch from the photos I took – probably my most favorite feature in Windows Live Photo Gallery. In shooting photos – I made sure I was shooting with the intent to create stitches. What does that mean really? I would take a picture from one angle, then the next, then the next – which would then allow for Windows Live Photo Gallery to create excellent stitches. I’ll probably do a video on exactly how I shoot for stitching later on.
So now I have a few really cool panoramic stitches to share of the places we stopped on our roadtrip. I go through them in chronological order with some commentary to add context to each photo.
While in Seattle, we ended up walking down to the waterfront from the Space Needle. I took this shot on the roof of the Bell Harbor Conference Center:
Later on, we decided to head on up to the observation deck of the Space Needle. I was able to get several awesome panoramic shots of Seattle from the top of the Space Needle. Here is the first series of shots I took – looking northwest out toward Puget Sound:
Then I took some shots to create this shot overlooking Elliot Bay: