Archive for January, 2012

Petra Panoramas: the Autostitch vs. Photosynth smackdown

 Petra Autostitch Mobile panoramaOne of the many stunning desert landscapes of Jordan- mobile photography using the autostitch app.

Admittedly, I’m a film geek. So on my recent trip to Petra, I was very excited to check out Jordan’s famed Treasury building for myself. The treasury of Petra was a set piece in Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade.  I’d already hit Wadi Rum of Lawrence of Arabia fame and been impressed, so why not tackle locations used in an Indiana Jones film and The Hurt Locker (which shot in Amman) during my time in the Middle East?  I’m happy to report that Petra lives up to the hype. It’s larger and more spread out than I thought it would be, and Jordan’s stunning desert landscapes never failed to take my breath away. I’ve always found deserts fascinating and respond to their desolate sort of beauty.  I had bright blue skies with puffy clouds during my December visit and I thought they were just glorious. I was advised by many locals that the spring, when the desert is in bloom, is definitely the best (and most picturesque) time to visit.

 In front of the treasury Petra Taxi Stand, mobile photographyCamel pictures

I was so surrounded by natural beauty in Jordan, I found U2’s Beautiful Day on heavy rotation in the soundtrack in my head. Yes, I went that cliched. I also found doing something I rarely ever do—shooting landscape photos.

 Petra Autostitch Panorama with People (mobile photography) Petra Canyon autostitch First glimpse of the treasury Petra (mobile photography)

Petra Canyon, shot and apped on my iPhone 4s using autostitch

 Donkey going to work in Petra, mobile photography Tourist in front of The Treasury, mobile photography, Petra

Donkeys going to work in Petra, a tourist hanging out in front of the Petra Treasury building

 Petra Treasury Autostitch Pano, mobile hotography Movenpick hotel mobile photoAn Autostitch panorama of the Petra Treasury building, and on the right the lobby of the Moevenpick Petra hotel, which was my home base in Petra.

“Petra at Night”- the canyon is illuminated with luminarias and a concert of Bedouin instruments takes place outside the treasury building. It was a very romantic setting.

 Petra at Night Petra at Night detailPetra at Night (not mobile)

Landscapes aren’t my forte, but I had fun attempting to capture them in Jordan. I’m extremely grateful for the Autostitch app for my iPhone, which helped enormously on this trip. Autostich is my panorama app of choice because of the choices it allows you to control how seemlessly you use blending, and you can play with the results after the fact. While new technology is really cool, I like it best when it allows me to make things look crappier. For this reason, I set my autostitch app to advanced and use the 30% option for the most David Hockney like results.

I also used microsoft’s  PhotoSynth, which almost works but has some very digi glitches which make for some hilarious results.

 Take a Load off Sally, Petra, Mobile photographyMobile photography pictures of Jordan, here in front of the Petra treasury.

As you can tell by my PhotoSynth Fail below, which I actually find pretty amusing, I’m on Team Autostich.

Treasury Photosynth Fail

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“Travel in the digital age” an interview for “It’s All Related” blog

I’m very honored and excited that my friend, Christian Peacock has asked me to be his guest for It’s All Related, his new interview series, which will be held at the downtown Apple store in San Francisco, where I will be discussing travel in the digital age. You can learn more about the series on the It’s All Related blog.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Downtown Apple Store (Upstairs) – San Francisco
One Stockton Street


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Guest Post for the Mobile Photography Awards Blog

EyeEm Spotlight Post: meeting EyeEm Rockstars

Roof top Bar Melbourne

I am very excited to have some of my mobile photography images from Tokyo, Sydney (including my incredible view from The Four Seasons Sydney) and Melbourne featured on the EyeEm Blog today, along with my post about meeting some exceptional mobile photographers in Japan and Australia. I hope you check it and enjoy it. Much thanks to Severin and the gang at EyeEm for giving me the opportunity to contribute!

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On The Road with EyeEm

I just arrived in Singapore to celebrate Chinese New Year with friends. While I am still hazy from jet lag, I’m excited to announce that my mobile photography image, Rainy Taxi Ride in London Through the Glass image was selected as one of the top 50 for EyeEm‘s On The Road: The Top 50. Check out the edit, it really captures the sense of travel and I think you all of you can relate.

JenPollack Bianco I still Havent Found What Im Looking For London I still haven’t found what I’m looking for, through the looking glass of of a London Taxi



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