Xiaomi MiJia 360° Sphere Panoramic Camera

I just got a new toy to play with, the Xiaomi MiJia 360° Sphere Panoramic Camera. This is quite a nice 360 camera, with a total resolution of 24Mpix. I already did few test shots with it, but nothing sharable yet, but I do plan to take it with me for my photo trips, so there may be some more 360 photos on the blog in the future.

The quality is of course not as when one uses a DSLR, but it’s just so much easier to take a 360 photo with this. I’m currently experimenting with blending the photos from it, as I would prefer not to be in them (you know, I take one shot, move, and then take a second shot and then finish it by blending them together :)). And while I have some issues with alignment, I think I’m close to a solution there :)

Place des Jacobins

For todays photos, I chosen a vertorama I took last summer in Lyon in France. This fountain is in the middle of the Place des Jacobins there. Lyon is quite a nice city, with really many great photos spots, to bad that I was there in the middle of the August, and it was just crazy hot. For the week there I seen almost no clouds at all, and the sun was just burning the life out of me. Still, I got some nice evening shots :)

This is a two shot vertorama. I too 5 exposures for every shot, as the fountain was quite bright. I combined the shots in PTgui, than combined into HDR using Oloneo Photoengine, and finished up in Photoshop. Modst of the shot is not HDR, I blended in parts of the original shots for most of it, but it was much easier to start from HDR than from scratch.

Place des Jacobins, Lyon, France

What are you playing?

Do you know I used to be a game designer? Maybe those who read the About page noticed :) I don’t do it much anymore, but I of course love to play games. You can actually find me on Xbox Live as HDRshooter and on Playstation networks as miroslavpe. Not that I have so much time to play when traveling, so its probably great that mostly the best games come out in November. Recently I was looking at the Nintendo Switch, if its something worthwhile, but I think I will stay with the PSVita. It’s just and overpriced tablet with no games. The Zelda looks fine, but not really worth to buy a console for a single game. And I just got the Nier: Automata, so have enough to play for a while.

What are you playing?

A hot evening in Lyon

I took today’s photo last August in Lyon, France. I just hope this year it’s a bit colder. It just was so crazy hot there, with very little wind. And those nice clouds you see here, were only in the evening, no such luck during the day :)

A hot evening in Lyon, France

Instagram

Recently I shared quite few animated photos here, but I shared even more on Instagram. You can head over to my account and check them out.

Close to the water in Lyon

When it comes to reflection, I like to get as close I can to the reflective surface. It just makes for a more interesting view. Same here, in Lyon, where I got completely close to the surface of water, to get this shots.

This is a blend of two exposures, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Remaining translations

I thought it would take longer, but after yesterdays updates, today I finished adding the last two translations to the Top Photography spots, and now all are available also in Japanese. So as always, you can find the English versions here, and the Japanese ones here.

Passerelle Saint-Georges in Lyon

For todays photo, I chosen one I took in Lyon, France. This is one of a many very nice spots in the city center. I really like how it looks like, just the lights they use to light up most of the landmarks are white and crazy strong. It makes for a bit harder blending. But one can’t give up :)

This is a two shot blend, with a third shot blended to remove few moving people from the shot. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Passerelle Saint-Georges bridge in Lyon, France

Moving host

I had to move the blog to a new host this week, as it was just too slow for my linking. So I’m sorry for a bit of downtime that was mostly today, while it was changing to a new address. I do hope that this will result in better response and loading times overall, and it will just work better.  

Flower in Lyon

And for todays photo, here is one from Lyon in France. This is a flower sculpture in the middle of the city. I wanted a bit different composition, but I could not get closer, as it was completely surrounded by a fence. So all I did was to get the tripod as close as I could and put the camera high, so getting over the fence. I worked quite fine :) 

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