Even more panorama pics of Crete

I have updated the panorama picture of the pass of ambelos and added two more panoramas of the Lassithi plateau to the posting. If that’s not yet enough for you, I have some more panoramas.

I took them at various occasions, just to bring some reminders of the landscape I really love back home. My Canon A650 camera features a panorama assistant. It ensures some camera settings (like shutter and lens speed) are fixed to constant values for the series of pictures you take. Additionally, it shows a section of the last image taken in the display, so it’s easier to decide where to continue with the next pic.

To avoid a mistake I did last year, I processed the panorama pictures during my stay on Crete. Last year, I wanted to do it back home – but never did it.

I put all images together using the assistant of Hugin. It’s open source software, and its assistant does almost everything automatically. It reads some information it needs to know from the Exif data the camery writes to the image. All you need to do is to select a couple of pictures from within Hugin. Then it will keep the CPU of your computer busy for a while and then show you a simple preview pic. You can then adjust all settings manually (which I never did). If you are pleased with the result, you can save the image as Tiff image.

I learned that Hugin is capable to do much more you might expect. For example, if you take a panorama of (slightly) more than 360°, it won’t string the pics together in order of their filenames. Instead, it is clever enough to analyse all images and to decide itself where it starts the panorama. This was the reason why I needed to rerender the abovementioned panorama of the pass of ambelos – Hugin just stitched the images together in another order I expected :) . What a great piece of free software!

Sometimes, Hugin fails. It might either hint at it itself, or sometimes believe it did a good job but fail anyway. Here’s a panorama of a small island in front of the main coastline, taken from a nice viewpoint near Platanos. Find where Hugin failed in this image (it’s not too difficult, not to say pretty obvious :) :

Panorama near Platanos

Panorama near Platanos

The town in the left hand third of the next image is ?????? (Sitia), a town at the north coast of Crete. The image has been taken from a small cape on the opposite side of the bay, standing in the ancient remains of some hellenistic town:

?????? (Sitia) at the north coast of Crete

?????? (Sitia) at the north coast of Crete

This one was taken west of ??????????? (Tsoutsouros). Unfortunately, I lost parts of my tracks this day, so I cannot locate the position exactly:

West of ??????????? (Tsoutsouros)

West of ??????????? (Tsoutsouros)

I cannot locate the next one as well, as I had shut down the N810 to save some battery on my way back from Itanos/Kato Zakros. From what I recall, it was on the serpentines near ?????????? (Adravasti), on the way to ?????? (Karidi). This image shows some overexposure. It was late in the evening hours. The parts in the shadow should be darker, as should be the parts in the sun:

Near ?????????? (Adravasti)

Near ?????????? (Adravasti)

Here’s the marvellous bay of ???? ?????? (Kato Zakros) with its ship wreck. Due to the minoan remains and the death valley nearby it is forbidden to build new buildings. Thus the village nowadays only consists of a couple of spread houses and some nice taverns to feed the tourists:

The bay of ???? ?????? (Kato Zakros)

The bay of ???? ?????? (Kato Zakros)

I have even more panoramas available, but those belong to historic places I visited. Thus I will (hopefully) post them later in a separate post about archeological sites on Crete.

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