Friday Night with Friends
Friday night often brings us together with good friends. This Friday night we could be found at Jack's Restaurant in Warren, Rhode Island before we all went of to the Second Story Theatre to a production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. The service in the restaurant was lousy, the food was OK and the play left us a bit flat. However, the company of good friends made for a splendid evening. I have been told, though that we all look like a sour group...everyone posed..even me.
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This picture was taken on Friday March 26th, 2004 with a Nikon 995 Coolpix camera sporting an FC-E8 fish eye lens on a home made monopod. The monopod has a bubble level and is designed so the camera rotates around the nodal point of the lens. Images were shot in manual mode at f2.6 for 1/2 second, ISO 200. A total of six images were taken, four around, one up and one down. Chromatic aboration was corrected using Adobe Photoshop by scaling the red and blue channels to 99.9%. The images were then sharpend with an unsharp mask filter and color corrected a bit. They were then 'defished' using DeFish software created by Ken Turkowski. Back in Photoshop I manually stitched the four images together. Then using Cubic Converter I converted the assembled panorama in to a cubic format and exported the top and bottom to be finalized once again in Photoshop. I then re-import the top and bottom into Cubic Converter to assemble the final QuickTime VR. Then into QuickTime Pro to embed copyright and other information about the file.