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The View from the Hilton on Pensacola Beach …

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This is a panorama taken on my iPhone from the fourth floor at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach this past Friday September 25, 2015.  I could not get over how many chairs and umbrellas were set out on the beach with hardly anyone there.  Maybe they knew something that I didn’t, but I am surprised at how deserted the beach is this time of year.  I realize that school is back in session, but with the rates going down after Labor Day, you would think that the beach could draw more of a crowd.  And I know that it is not for lack of trying with all of the money spent on ads by the different hotels, restaurants, chambers of commerce, etc, etc.  Well, it was nice while it lasted because the weather is going to be bad starting Monday.  I have not lost interest in my two blogs over the last several months … I have been posting to my Instagram account and have come across a lot of people that I would not have reached on my blogs.  I am busy with some other things and do not have much ready to post.  In the next few weeks I will have some new stuff to post that I hope will be of interest.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Pensacola Beach …

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The above is a panorama I made earlier today ( 17 Aug 14 ) out on the fishing pier at Pensacola Beach.  Gorgeous day.  Hot and bright.  Made with my iPhone looking east about midway on the pier.  It is hard for me to get over how sharp these images made with an iPhone.  I have two more images that I am going to share with you.  The first is just a view again from the pier looking west with the Margaritaville Hotel in the frame with a few surfers in the foreground and then one of the ” Beach Ball ” water tower.

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I should have framed the Beach Ball differently, but you still get the idea.  We could not get over how thin the crowds at the beach was for this time of year.  With still two weeks left in August before Labor Day, you would have thought that it would have been hard to find a parking space in the Casino Beach parking lot, but it was not half-full.  There were spaces as soon as you turned in … I guess everyone still must have been over at the Flora-Bama leftover and hungover from the Kenny Chesney Concert yesterday.  The water was nice, but there was a lot of seaweed.  Thanks for looking and I still have a few posts ready to go that I will post shortly.  Don’t forget to check over at my other blog … there is a link on the right-hand side of this blog that will take you to it.  I finally linked this blog and the other blog to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in hopes of getting some more exposure and it seems to be working.  If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please let me hear them.  Thanks again … Frank

More iPhone Panoramas …

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OK … I admit it … I think using the iPhone as a camera is incredible.  The app, Auto Stitch, is even more incredible.  Once you figure out how much to overlap your images ( about 20% ) and how many images  (3 or 4 for me ) to take to have the program stitch together … then you are really cooking … with gas!  First, let me make this perfectly clear, there is a lot of trial and error using this app / technique.  Next, it is not as good as combining the images in Photoshop for clarity and sharpness.  But, when all the stars align and your images are sharp ( no movement or shake ), your choice of content for your panorama is interesting ( still subjects obviously are better than ones with people, cars, etc ), you can create images, that I think, are more interesting to view than just an image made with a 20 mm lens … and a lot more fun and satisfying to create.  Now, on to the photos –

This one was made down at Plaza De Luna back in February or March showing the Port of Pensacola.  Notice the three -masted schooner on the left side of the image …  then the Global 12oo behind it.  This photo is sharp through-out the whole image and it was photographed hand-held, as all of these panoramas are.  I purchased a small tripod for the iPhone, but have never used it yet.  Next are several made at SeaSide, several weeks back …

This last one is straight from the iPhone, the two previous views of SeaSide were downloaded and then worked-up in Photoshop, then resized for the web.  The last photo contains maybe 6 or 7 photos, while the first two were 3 or 4 photos.  I have never printed any of these panos yet, so I do not know the quality of enlargements, but for a keepsake to remember places you visited on vacation or trips with the family … this for me is the way to go.  Thanks for looking and if anyone has any questions, I am more than happy to share anything with you.  Don’t forget that you can click on any image for a larger ( somewhat ) view and it is also blacked out around the frame for more emphasis.

DISCLAIMER – I am not affiliated with ” Auto Stitch ” and the above comments are my own.  I do not know the legalise    that goes along with a disclaimer, but whatever it is … insert here:   ______________________________________ .

Written by Frank Hardy

June 11, 2012 at 11:01 am