Alpine Lakes around Grenoble

Since moving to Grenoble I’ve been doing some hiking in the alps, and occasionally stumbling across some of the georgeous alpine lakes of the area. As I was looking for new potential locations to hike to, a friend from the photoclub at work started doing a lot of alpine lake photography - and I started making a note of some of the places he visited, along with lakes that I’d visited, and a few I’d spotted on Google Earth and Panoramio.

I also found an interesting list of Lacs de France on Notre Belle France, but it isn’t that well illustrated.

Camp to Camp also has a pretty awesome list of lakes along with refuges, hiking routes etc - here’s a search for Lakes in the Belldonne, Vercors and Charteuse region, or one for Lakes across France.

So - here’s the results so far.  It is a work-in-progress, and I’m happy to take suggestions for new lakes (just add a comment with the coordinates or a google maps link + a link to a photo showing the lake that I can embed). I’ve coded the ones I’ve visited in green, the ones a friend has been to or recommended in yellow, and others in blue.

View Lakes around Grenoble in a larger map, or create your own Google MyMap

Tour de France - cycling photography

Saturday was my first time shooting cycling, and the first time in 6 years of Grenoble living that I’d decided to go shoot the Tour as it passed through, so I’m interested in any and all feedback on the images via the album on Google+, or in the comments below.

I really had a hard time getting the camera to give me an accurate focus - no doubt because I’m using a micro four-thirds camera - the Panasonic G2 - and it just can’t match some of the more expensive SLRs on focus speed. I had the best luck when I pre-focused on a spot on the ground, then set to manual and waited for the riders to pass. Head-on shots seemed to look the most dramatic, although I had to be careful how close I got to the action…

I was using f/4-5.6 most of the time, and ISO 100 - 400 depending on sun vs cloud to give me a shutter speed in the range of 1/500 - 1/1250, using a Panasonic 45-200mm.

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Paris panoramic - La Tour Eiffel

I’ve just added a panoramic shot I took from the Eiffel tower last year to my panoramic photo portfolio.

I couldn’t stitch this at the time because I shot it from multiple view-points (not having access to the top of the tower!). I took 3 shots from each of the sides and corners of the viewing platform - so I certainly wasn’t rotating the camera (or myself) around the nodal point, and normal stitching would have created all sorts of errors.

However the current version of AutoPano (2.5 and later) gives us a checkbox to select multiple viewpoints - which attempts to compensate for movement in the nodal point.

One click of that, and I had a perfect stitch.

I still had a large gap in the sky, and of course below my feet, but a little Photoshop and touch of image re-use from a popular mapping service (hope they don’t notice :), and I’ve got a full equirectangular image suitable for krpano. I still need to do some more training on Photoshop to work out how to blend the sky a little more professionally, but I ran out of time today. 

Click the above thumbnail to see the image in it’s full glory.

Panoramic photography - an intro

I’ve spent a couple of years tinkering with panoramic photography - not really sure why, but I think it has something to do with my frustration of the normal photographic frame to capture the image I remember.

My experimentation has earned me the nickname Dr Pano (thanks Michael!), and had led to me documenting my explorations in the prezi embedded below.

I started exploring with a hand-held compact camera, taking 3 or 4 shots, then stitching them into some great wide-angle images (capturing a couple of great shots on my Great Wall trek). Wanting to go bigger (deeper) I purchased a gigapan, and tinkered with that for a year or so, before I broke my compact camera and upgraded to a digital SLR (which wouldn’t fit on the early Gigapan I’d purchased.

More recently I’ve been going bigger in the other direction (wider) and have done a few full 360x180 panos - using both a monopod, and sometimes handheld. Unsatisfied with the limitations of hand-held panos, I’ve just recently acquired a Nodal Ninja 3 MkII, which I’ve just started getting to grips with…

Anyway… to cut a long story short - I’ve captured my explorations in the tutorial below. I recorded a few videos to explain topics that I couldn’t cover directly through the prezi - and these are embedded in the prezi itself; and also to the left here. Take a look, and let me know what you think, what I’ve missed, or how I might make the prezi better!