I’ve been having fun lately with a free iPhone app called Photosynth. It’s an app for making panoramic photos.
And while I don’t like the fact that the app shrinks your photos (it limits the size of the panorama, otherwise the phone wouldn’t have enough memory to stitch all the photos together), but it does a tremendous job of making panoramas IF you know what you’re doing. Meaning, when you rotate the camera for a panoramic photo, you need to keep the point where the light hits the (metaphorical) film stationary, you pivot the camera around that point – rather than keeping yourself in one place and moving the camera through the air. (Read up on parallax and you’ll see what I mean).
Anyway, I went out with some French friends tonight for dinner, and before we went to a place called Aftersquat, an old squatters’ house of artist that the city of Paris bought, renovated, and turned into a huge multi-level artists’ workshop. It’s at 59, rue de Rivoli (get off the Metro at Chatelet and take the Rue de Rivoli exit, it’s right across the street). You can visit any day from 1pm to 8pm and just walk around and check out the place – there’s art EVERYWHERE.
I was really liking the stairwell because, with all the colors, and some banners hanging down, it was more interesting than the run of the mill spiral stairway photo, so I shot some photos.
Photosynth messed up the photo in the most wonderful way. It got confused by the spiral stairwell and started turning it in on itself, with what I think is a great result (that’s me at the bottom left in the green shirt). I’m forgetting the name of the guy, but it looks like one of those logically impossible drawings of the staircases that twist into each other forever (or like a staircase at Hogwarts).
And unrelated to the squatters’ house, here’s a panorama I took once I got home tonight to Chris and Joelle’s neighborhood in Montparnasse. It had just rained, and I love Paris in the rain, for photography at least. The city shines all the more when it’s wet at night.