Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Berlin Sony Center and Windows Live Photo Gallery

This is a panorama of the Berlin Sony Center. Notice the ceiling...made of glass and canvas...not waterproof, but it keeps out most of the wind and rain. Pretty tall, huh? And wide...

This photo was actually 26 photos that were stitched together using Windows Live Photo Gallery, a free program from Microsoft that has changed the way Dick and I take photos. I stood in one spot and simply started clicking away, being careful NOT to change my zoom. That is the secret, plus a bit of an overlap from one photo to the next. Simple. Dick thought I was nutz taking so many photos for my one shot. He took fewer, didn't overlap very well in places, and wound up with gaps in the edges of his 'stitch.' Ah, the learning curve! And here is another neat feature of WLPG......when you upload the pictures for the panorama, you don't have to fret about uploading them in the correct order. It is so smart, it figures out where to put them! Amazing...and easy.

Techspert Tricia was our outstanding instructor for the digital workshop onboard the HAL Eurodam. She rocks!!! I'll put a link to mine and Dick's sites at the bottom. Here is an overview of the program...go check it out if you are interested:

Easily share your photos
The "Publish" button makes it simple to share your photos and videos online. Or you can easily e-mail as many photos as you’d like to friends and family. You can also display your photos with cool screensavers and slideshows.
Quickly find and organize your photos and videos
Import your photos from your digital camera; the Windows Live Photo Gallery will automatically organize them based on date and time. Keep your images organized by name, date, rating, and type. Locate similar photos with tags you add.
Enhance your photos
Create a cool panoramic view by combining multiple photos. Capture the moment by adding captions. Enhance your photos by adjusting things like color and exposure. Improve your photos with simple crop and red-eye fixes.

Want it? Here is where you get it...for free:

My photo site:

Dick's site:

Check it out.......and let me know if you have any questions.

And, of course, I ask everyone to join me in prayers for the victims and families of 9/11. This is a day we will never forget. Please check out a brilliant tribute to that day at Sandee's blog. Peace to all!


Joy said...

Wow! What a cool way to take a panoramic shot. I will have to download that program, thanks.
Wearing my red/white/blue today too.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

My husband uses this to stitch photos together. It's very cool and he loves setting up the photographs to be able to stitch correctly. I love it too. Big hug honey. :)

chunkygal said...

I am going to try that,too.

your story about left foot driving while pregnant made me laugh just imagining that.

I realize i probably could if i had to...but

I saww you said dick booked a cruise where to next?
next summer we are going on a medit and i am definitely goign to take a blogging class if they have it. I would like to learn more cool effects.

Sandy B and Dick said...

Chunkygal, we are going "Down Under" on TWO cruises in November! So many cruises, so little time...I'll be featuring details eventually:-)

the donG said...

wow! it looks so unreal.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

super cool! but i have a mac!

smiles, bee

chunkygal said...

sandy I fixed my url to offmymountainporch!

Sandy B and Dick said...

Otay, Debora...gotcha fixed on my link so folks can now find you:-) I checked it out and the link works. Continue to take good care of that ankle.

HaleyD said...

Hey, is this a cult? I see you've got two followers!

Love the picture(s) and can't wait to give it a try myself. Thanks for all the tips.