I had a lot of ideas for this project. I tried to make my fishbowl into a camera obscura, then I tried to mod my Sims 4 game to track the sims location. I settled on creating a panorama of the bridge on Schenley Drive– it’s covered in locks that signify love. I have very limited experience with photography and photo editing and photo stitching so I wanted to learn about the process.
I started by using a telephoto lens and a tripod. I moved the tripod along the sidewalk across street. This would minimize distortion. I made two passes along the bridge, moving towards Oakland to capture the top part, and back towards Schenley to capture the bottom. Unfortunately as the sun dipped behind the clouds the lighting was a bit inconsistent between photos and because the sidewalk was uneven, distortion became inevitable.
I planned to use Autopano, but because a large number of the photos contained similar landmarks, the Autopano algorithms were confused and stacked the photos on top of each other, ignoring the location of the locks. I used Photoshop instead, which was more successful.
My final plan was to create an annotate-able photo of the entire bridge so that the owners of the locks could identify and write something about their locks.