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When you click on the images below, you will be brought to a full screen panorama. If nothing comes up, then you probably don't have webgl available.




Gasworks Park 29 August 2009
Gasworks Park
Taken during a national parkour jam, at Gas Works Park in Seattle, August 29, 2009. See an alternate projection of this image here.

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Splish Splash 12 June 2008
Splish Splash
The famed Salmon Street Fountain during the Portland Rose Festival. The fountain has jets like this for a while then changes to a different water pattern coming from different jets. A source of great revelry on hot days in Portland.

You can see the Hawthorne Bridge, and also in the distance to the left is Mt. Hood.

See an alternate projection of this image here.

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Inside Lick Observatory's Great Refractor Dome 29 March 2008
Inside Lick Observatory's Great Refractor Dome
Nestled atop Mt. Hamilton just east of San Jose, Lick Observatory, which has nothing to do with tongues, is home to several telescopes, including this gigantic refractor.

This is one of the neatest interiors I've seen in a while. Visited last Decemeber, but hadn't been there since I was a kid, and it's still neat! There's a very windy road leading up to it, and I have childhood memories of trying to spot the wrecked cars that had driven off to their doom whenever we drove up.

This photo is of the first telescope built on the site, which was constructed between 1876 and 1887. The body of James Lick lays entombed beneath. Beat that for ambiance!! The entire floor that you see raises and lowers so that the eyepiece of the telescope can be at eye level for the astronomers. You can see the counterweights along the walls. The telescope itself is balanced so that a single person can just grab hold of it and drag it around to point it at the right place.

All in all, a neat place to visit.

See an alternate projection of this image here.

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Iraq Body Count Exhibit 16 March 2008
Iraq Body Count Exhibit
You can just make out a thin strip of red flags in the distance. A sign nearby reads:
"Each white flag represents at least 5 Iraqis, Each red flag represents 5 Americans killed as a result of the 2003 invasion of Iraq."

As of March, 2008, iraqbodycount.org estimates about 85,000 civilians have died from violence in Iraq since 2003.

This was an installation at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, March 2008.

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The Quiet Before the Storm 3 March 2008
The Quiet Before the Storm
What a way to go!

My second go at an enfused panorama. Much more ghosting that my first attempt, but pretty easy to clean up.

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A 24-hour Comics Jam 3 March 2008
A 24-hour Comics Jam
This was one of many such events hosted at illustrator and graphic novelist David Chelsea's place, in July of 2006, in the spirit of of 24 Hour Comics day, where cartoonists have 24 consecutive hours to create a finished 24 page comic. I've managed to get one done on time, not this time around, but the previous year. At this jam, I opted to chicken out and just take photos. Surprisingly enough, some of these comics even turn out pretty good!

Photographed with 30 photos from this thing.

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Get Your Walnuts Here 2 March 2008
Get Your Walnuts Here
This is another of my older panoramas from 2006 made with 30 photos taken with this thing.

The tree is a huge black walnut tree near Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon. This kind of tree is great to have near curbs, because the huge walnuts that drop off the branches will often make a memorable resonant thump on unsuspecting cars and passers by.


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Stone steps near the Portland Rose Gardens 1 March 2008
Stone steps near the Portland Rose Gardens
This is the very first spherical panorama I ever made, stitched together from 30 photos in June of 2006. I finally managed to convert it to a computer viewable format. It shows neat stone steps leading up to the Rose Gardens in Washington Park, Portland, Oregon.

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Old Panorama of Eagle Creek 27 February 2008
Old Panorama of Eagle Creek
Here we see the shadow of the Creature of the Punch Bowl, shortly before it mauled my leg. With the assistance of Adam and Mike, I managed to escape, and you can see my empty shoes left as a reminder to others.

In any case, this is one of my older panoramas that I converted to be computer viewable.

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First Thursday at the Pony Club 26 February 2008
First Thursday at the Pony Club
Behold the Pony Club, one of the Everett Lofts in downtown Portland. It shows strange comic art, and sells various odd comics.

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First Thursday at the Pony Club, by the refreshments 26 February 2008
First Thursday at the Pony Club, by the refreshments
Here we see a large drawing by Theo Ellsworth protecting the crackers from Dylan.

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Sunrise over the Hawthorne Bridge 24 February 2008
Sunrise over the Hawthorne Bridge
I was on my way to work the other day, and on the Hawthorne Bridge, the sunrise really struck me.

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Sunset over Portland 24 February 2008
Sunset over Portland
So anyway, at the end of the day, even with my brain scrambled from the day's events, I happened to notice a really striking sunset! The photo really doesn't do it justice. I probably should have waited another few minutes for the glow to spread more across the sky.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Over the Willamette 20 February 2008
Total Lunar Eclipse Over the Willamette
President Bush today decided to blow up a falling spy satellite, but missed by about 60,000 miles, and hit the moon instead! It turned completely red for a while, but suffered no permanent effects. He told reporters that, "Well dangit, the moon is just an easier target to aquire that some puny little space junk!" But seriously, owing to a freak atmospheric phenomenon, the moon in the photo appears to be much larger than it actually is. To the right and up a little from the Hawthorne Bridge, you can just barely make out the Orion constellation amidst all the jpeg compression clutter.

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Foggy Morning on the Willamette 18 February 2008
Foggy Morning on the Willamette
This photo was taken one foggy morning just after the first big storm of winter, December 2007 in Portland.

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Parkour in the Park 14 February 2008
Parkour in the Park
Some of the first Portland parkour for 2008. Present were Julian, Tim 1, Tim 2, Monkeyjunta, Oni, Adam, and me, hiding behind the camera. This could have been a fairly good panorama, but I forgot to take enough photos of the reeeally long shadows that day, and of the people after they landed. The shadows I drew in are just silly, but I'm tired of working on it!! I do like the trees, though.

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At the table with the Friends of the Nib 8 February 2008
At the table with the Friends of the Nib
For First Thursday of February, 2008 at Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon, Jim Woodring and the Friends of the Nib came down from Seattle to sit around and draw cartoons. I happened to be passing, and took this panorama hand-held..

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Inside Lick Observatory's 120 inch Reflecting Telescope Dome 2 February 2008
Inside Lick Observatory's 120 inch Reflecting Telescope Dome
Aside from the hideous moire pattern on part of the dome that I'm too lazy to process out, this panorama came together reasonably well. They also had a short video that visitors can view about how the telescope was brought up mountain on the very narrow winding roads and assembled in the dome.

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My Grandma's Backyard 26 January 2008
My Grandma's Backyard
This panorama is my first attempt at building a panorama from multiple exposures. Each section is built from two photos: one light and one darker, which are blended together using Enfuse. There are various other ways to combine exposures, but enfuse is fast, easy, and has adequate results (so far!). I also have to keep reminding myself to make sure I focus on the right area!! My final photos straight down focused on the tripod rather than on the ground. GRRrrr!


Max light rail stop at 4am 20 January 2008
Max light rail stop at 4am
So this is what a MAX stop looked like at 4am just after the winter solstice of 2007, while I was waiting for the train to take me to the airport.

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Outside the 120-inch reflecting telescope at Lick Observatory 15 January 2008
Outside the 120-inch reflecting telescope at Lick Observatory
Here's a panorama of the dome containing the 120 inch reflecting telescope of Lick Observatory at sunset.

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Presents, and the World Wide Panorama 6 January 2008
Presents, and the World Wide Panorama
At one of Santa's way stations, this was my contribution to the 2007 Wrinkle Tribute event of the World Wide Panorama, a great repository of thousands of total panoramas from across the globe.

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Outside the 36-inch refracting telescope at Lick Observatory 4 January 2008
Outside the 36-inch refracting telescope at Lick Observatory
During my winter travels, I took this picture of Lick Observatory on top of Mt. Hamilton in California, overlooking the haze covered Silicon Valley.

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Keller Fountain Parkour 1 December 2007
Keller Fountain Parkour
Some parkour in Portland, including Seattle based Tyson Cecka.

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Marquam Bridge 24 November 2007
Marquam Bridge
This is my first successful attempt at making a spherical panorama with a fisheye lens. It was stitched together from 12 photos, taken hand held, but with a plum bob hanging off the camera lens to help reduce parallax errors.

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