Friday, 19 December 2008

Gettin' Hugin-Happy

My good friend Ant told me the other day that I was getting hugin-happy. Well, I guess I am but Ant was the person who suggested I use it in the first place, so all complaints should be sent to him.

I found its limitations today though, 15 images of the sky in Lava Tree State Park has defeated it, although perhaps it's my very dated PC. In any case, despite the defeat, I had a little more fun with hugin. Without doubt this is a great piece of software, and it's free!

Today's adventure took me to the Puna coast and the state park as well as a shopping trip in Pahoa. More on the trip later, but one thing I wanted to do was take a few panoramas to see how the hugin software stood up. It worked well at the summit, but could it cope with jungle?

Not bad. It's a fairly uninteresting shot although it makes a change from summit sunsets. The jungle in Lava Tree State Park is well kept though, so not really jungle, but everything is very green. I had to keep moving though before my car was broken into...

It was about 5pm, not long before sunset, and I really wanted to head down towards the molten lava from Kilauea entering the ocean. In the end it was far too late to take a hike out to the flow, but at least I had another opportunity to test hugin:

A sunset through an Ohia forest and the plume from the lava entering the ocean. This came out better than I expected.

7 comments:

mirmilant said...

No complaints from me mate!

Diane said...

I'm going to have to stop reading your blog. Or you're going to have to stop posting photos. All I've seen for 2 weeks are grey skies and mud. I'm jealous. Very jealous.

damontucker said...

Lava Tree State Park is not a place where one should leave there car unattended for more then a few moments.

It's one of the locations the local high school kids at Pahoa go when they want to smoke dope in their cars without being noticed.

John Powell said...

I used hugin for the pano at the top of my blog & will keep experimenting with it. Thank Ant for me.

Tom said...

Diane - just wait a month or two - it'll be grey skies and mud here as well, the forecast is for a very wet few months in the new year. I just hope it isn't as bad as earlier this year. It won't be cold though!

Damon - so I should visit in school hours or out of them? I'm not sure...

John - I think Ant reads comments here but I will certainly pass on your thanks!

Keera Ann Fox said...

Pay no attention to Diane, Tom. I love living in a fantasy world. ;-) Once again, great photos. Magical photos.

Beep said...

I do my best to live in a fantasy world (reality bites!) for most of the time so I'm with Keera on this one :)