Graeme Davidson

Graeme Davidson

Lives in United Kingdom Scotland, United Kingdom
Works as a ICT Analyst
Joined on Jan 9, 2006

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Graeme Davidson: A whole new dimension was opened up to me after purchasing a Phantom. Admittedly, there was the initial novelty of the new perspective and then a realisation that many locations suitable/legal for flying often did not lend themselves to being captured at the 20mm equivalent focal length.

Taking to the air what I knew about 360 degrees panoramas, I have captured interesting scenery otherwise unknown or inaccessible to me and taken the opportunity to share the views. I never imagined I would be able to capture imagery like this and have a whole new appreciation of the land. Yet, the experience is tainted by a feeling of guilt driven by the negativity surrounding SUAVs. In courtesy or as required, I have sought permisson for certain flights but still get that hunted feeling...

Interactive examples below;

https://roundme.com/tour/185849/view/481562/
https://roundme.com/tour/111850/view/280253/
https://roundme.com/tour/183421/view/474933/

I shoot a 360 sky panorama from the ground with a DSLR and fisheye before takeoff and use that image for the upper half of the 360. On still days, the clouds don't move too much to spoil the image.

The two panoramas are brought together to produce a full 360 by 180. Very time consuming but it's niche enough to keep me producing them!

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 17:58 UTC

The feeling of achievement in getting the fab back online in such a short space time must have been palpable and, as a workforce, stronger for the experience. Well done!

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 20:03 UTC as 13th comment
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Graeme Davidson: A whole new dimension was opened up to me after purchasing a Phantom. Admittedly, there was the initial novelty of the new perspective and then a realisation that many locations suitable/legal for flying often did not lend themselves to being captured at the 20mm equivalent focal length.

Taking to the air what I knew about 360 degrees panoramas, I have captured interesting scenery otherwise unknown or inaccessible to me and taken the opportunity to share the views. I never imagined I would be able to capture imagery like this and have a whole new appreciation of the land. Yet, the experience is tainted by a feeling of guilt driven by the negativity surrounding SUAVs. In courtesy or as required, I have sought permisson for certain flights but still get that hunted feeling...

Interactive examples below;

https://roundme.com/tour/185849/view/481562/
https://roundme.com/tour/111850/view/280253/
https://roundme.com/tour/183421/view/474933/

Thank you Reza - that was very kind of you to say! They do take a lot of time to stitch and much time is also spent planning to be as safe and inconspicuous as possible to avoid disturbing others. The unusual views keeps me going.

If you are interested, my growing collection of 360s are at https://roundme.com/@gdavidson

Thank you too darrinlingle. Like yourself, I have been trying to find fresh ideas for photography and with so many photographers in the world today, its quite hard to find a niche for oneself.

Having witnessed very inconsiderate drone usage in a remote location, I can relate to both the positive and negative aspects of SUAV usage but abuse of the technology will spoil it for others and the negative aspects are what tends to make headlines and attract regulation. It's a difficult situation.

I'd like to think that technology will eventually solve the safety and noise factor issues but the wild card remains the human element controlling it.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 17:32 UTC

A whole new dimension was opened up to me after purchasing a Phantom. Admittedly, there was the initial novelty of the new perspective and then a realisation that many locations suitable/legal for flying often did not lend themselves to being captured at the 20mm equivalent focal length.

Taking to the air what I knew about 360 degrees panoramas, I have captured interesting scenery otherwise unknown or inaccessible to me and taken the opportunity to share the views. I never imagined I would be able to capture imagery like this and have a whole new appreciation of the land. Yet, the experience is tainted by a feeling of guilt driven by the negativity surrounding SUAVs. In courtesy or as required, I have sought permisson for certain flights but still get that hunted feeling...

Interactive examples below;

https://roundme.com/tour/185849/view/481562/
https://roundme.com/tour/111850/view/280253/
https://roundme.com/tour/183421/view/474933/

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 06:21 UTC as 32nd comment | 5 replies

That brings back some memories - I had the good fortune to have a printing business next door to me in the 90s that solely used printing equipment from this era. The Linotype behind the person in the 1st picture was a wonder of mechanical engineering and an experience to watch in the hands of a master.

I'll never forget the noise of that machine rattling out type on a summer's evening, the smell of oil, ink and tobacco wafting out their door in which the workshop cat sat contentedly.

There are a number of videos of Linotypes on Youtube - anyone with a mechanical background would be fascinated.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 08:33 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply

Carl Sagan could not have said it better.... Pale Blue Dot... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p86BPM1GV8M

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 13:32 UTC as 33rd comment

I've been captivated creating 360s for some time now but the time and effort to do it well with a DSLR has made the process far from a spur of the moment capture. The Theta caught my attention but the loss of resolution I was accustomed to far outweighed the convenience of capturing the shot. However it still offers a lot of novelty value and serves as a taster of things to come.

In my pursuit of fresh views, I've taken to aerial 360s which are even tougher than ground based 360s but I suspect safer and easier methods of taking 360s will be developed.

If anyone is interested in an example, here is an interactive "streetview style" one on Google Maps that can also be viewed with Google Cardboard in Google's streetview app for iOS etc.

https://goo.gl/maps/jEkh3AKA5yG2

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 16:53 UTC as 4th comment

Fascinating insight. Also serves to remind us of how Photoshop's tools were rooted in the darkroom and opened up opportunity for a greater audience to experiment and explore without all the burdens of chemicals and the darkroom environment to impede the creative process.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 12:20 UTC as 62nd comment
On photo Camperdown House in the Abstract Photo - Architecture challenge (2 comments in total)

Thank you Jonathan. I do a lot of 360 work and enjoy exploring the artistic possibilities that stereographic projection can present.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 06:31 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Looking Up in the Abstract Photo - Architecture challenge (4 comments in total)

Excellent entry - congratulations on 1st place!

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 06:21 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Old Tree Trunk in the Old Tree Trunks. challenge (2 comments in total)
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watmough: Can't believe this isn't higher.

Thank you for your encouraging feedback - I thought it would have done better too but evidently it's not to everyone's liking!

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 00:32 UTC
On photo House of Dun Stereographic projection in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (6 comments in total)
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stephenbgood: I love this shot, what lens did you use to get this picture and can you tell me how you did this shot. thanks

If you wish, you can see my other stereographic works at https://www.flickr.com/photos/gdavidson/sets/72157640718573244/

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 17:11 UTC
On photo House of Dun Stereographic projection in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (6 comments in total)
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karamathj: nice

Thank you!

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 17:05 UTC
On photo House of Dun Stereographic projection in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (6 comments in total)
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stephenbgood: I love this shot, what lens did you use to get this picture and can you tell me how you did this shot. thanks

Glad you liked it! It's quite a complex process - the lens was 14mm and 21 overlapping shots were taken to encompass a complete 360 degree view vertically and horizontally. These were then stitched together and a projection method called stereographic or little planet projection used to convert the 360 degree view to a 2 dimensional representation. Keeping tripod, and my shadow out of the final image is tricky! See if you can spot the coin on top of the hedge in the foreground - that's my marker for the centre axis of the tripod :)

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 17:04 UTC
On photo Aldbar Chapel in the Cemetery challenge (1 comment in total)

Thank you everyone!

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 15:13 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Fire in the Fire challenge (3 comments in total)
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Graeme Davidson: Thank you! Many great entries in the competition - well done everyone!

Thank you DrummerJim! Sadly, in the early hours, fire broke out in a boat builder's premises in a fishing village called Johnshaven on the North East coast of Scotland. It was formerly a chapel. Thankfully nobody was hurt.

It was shot handheld with a Nikon D3 and a 70-200

P.S. By force of habit, I incorrectly selected D800 when uploading the image.

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Graeme

Link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 11:43 UTC
On photo Fire in the Fire challenge (3 comments in total)

Thank you! Many great entries in the competition - well done everyone!

Link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 07:13 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
On photo Spitfire - The Red Lichtie in the Black & White Image (free subject) challenge (2 comments in total)

Thank you cjf2!

Link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 18:21 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Red Kite Apogee in the Mid-flight challenge (8 comments in total)

Very nice - well done!

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 11:16 UTC as 4th comment
On photo Ecclesgreig House in the Black & White Residential Building challenge (1 comment in total)

Thank you everyone! Great to see the various styles of architecture in the challenge.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 08:20 UTC as 1st comment
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