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AJ2013 – Photos

I attended AJ2013 as a rover at the start of this year bringing me up to a total of 3 attended Jamborees. First off it was a huge amount of fun and me and pretty much anyone I spoke to who attended had a great time.

Over the course of the jamboree I helped out run the "Challenge it" base, which was completely organized and staffed by rovers. From the start of activities with a 3 day block of bathtub jousting (may I never hear the sound of cast iron being dragged along gravel again) to the more relaxed job of keeping an eye on different obstacles in the obstacle course it was a ball.

Even when you crawled into bed tired, sore and sweaty, feeling like your last shower was days ago when you only just got out, it was a greatly relaxing and satisfying holiday. I met a bunch of awesome people and would definitely attend the next one in 2016.

The double helix, the most complex and ambitious of the obstacles in the course

On market day of the jamboree I also used my gopro to grab some pictures from above the crowds and was able to stitch them together.

In the middle of the leaders/rovers retreat next to our camp-site

Joined a different way

From near the desert campsite

In the marketplace

If you have the chance to go to a jamboree, do it.


Almost Gigapixel – Robertson’s Lookout

I took another mega panorama last weekend from Robertson's Lookout (Between Mt Keira and Mt Kembla) and spent the rest of the weekend trying to process it.

I am getting close to my goal of taking a gigapixel image, this time it was taken on a tripod with a more powerful lense. It was made from joining around 300 photos and I managed to avoid missing any bits out this time.

For this one I managed to use a latter version of photoshop at school to crop it a bit and remove most of the jagged edges.

Check it out HERE

Pointless to have a thumbnail of the whole thing, so here is a thumbnail at 1/4 zoom at the steel works

Slouching around taking a few hundred photos on the edge of a cliff

I hope you enjoy it, and find some interesting spots, I plan on making my own version of the zoomify viewer where you can mark locations, so it makes it a big game of i-spy.


Arapilies 2010 Panoramas

A collection of panoramas from our easter trip to Mount Arapilies

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A view from the large belay shelf on the bard

A view of the camp site, just after ali barbers cave

A different than normal perspective, looking towards Arapilies from Miter rock

Bard buttress and Tiger wall


High Res Photography

During the recent family trip to Mount Arapilies, Victoria, I took plenty of photos and I'll probably be putting more up on here later.

One of the more interesting things that I had a go at was creating a really, really high res image. The one below consists of over 200 photos and when joined results in a photo around 400 Megapixels.

The main problem after you have waited for your photos to be stitched is how to edit them. Standard image viewers refuse to open them, photoshop crashes. Eventually I found a viewer that splits the images up into thousands of tiles that makes it easy and fast to view. I am still looking for a way to edit the finished image though.

I was very annoyed when I got home to find that when taking the pictures I had missed a narrow strip across the image. I plan on having a another go of taking more photos like this closer to home and I have ideas for a simple robot to automate the taking of them.

You can explore it HERE

How many climbers can you find?


Jervis Bay

I took this picture when out on an early morning bike ride, it is 2 photos with different exposures overlayed on each other

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And this panorama after we built a giant sand pyramid, we calculated it and it turned out to be 10 tons 7 tons (correction) of sand (4.05 cubic meters)

Not very happy with this one

Not very happy with this one picure