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Errol and Marilyn's Photography

Photography has been one of Errol's hobbies since his early teens when he received advice from a photographer in Invercargill. He spent his first pay packet on a Canon TLB 35mm SLR camera in 1975. This was his SLR camera until 2000 when he upgraded to a Canon EOS 3000 and then to a Canon EOS 300D in 2004. The latest upgrade in 2011 was to a Canon EOS 600D. He also uses a Canon SX 210IS when out cycling or casually. Errol endeavours to take his photos so that there is the minimum use of digital darkroom techniques. The exception to this is the building of panoramas and spherical images.

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If you are interested in any of the images in the galleries or on these web pages, you will find that you can send us an e-mail by clicking on our name at the top of the gallery pages. Our email address is easily constructed. It comprises our first name (errol or marilyn) at our domain name (thompsonz.net)

Photo Books

This section contains photo books that I have prepared from courses or our photographic expeditions. We have a backlog of such material.

Papplewick Pumping Station

Galleries

The following galleries contain images that reflect some of our work.

Photos of the Kereru - New Zealand's wood pigeon

Midas images - a Ragdoll cat (2 Nov 2001 - 21 January 2015)

Panoramic images

I take two types of panoramic images. Panormaic images are normally wider than conventional images and are sometimes made up of multiple images like the one on the head of our home page. Others like the one at the head of this page are cropped. The other form of panoramic image is the cylindrical or spherical. These are multiple photos and take in the full 360 view. A cylindrical only takes in part of the vertical dimension while a spherical takes in the full 180 vertical view meaning the photo is like being at the centre of a sphere.

360 Images

The following links are to experimental spherical images. These have been created using a Canon 300D and Manfroto 303SPH tripod head. The camera is mounted so that the nodal point for the lens is at the rotation point of the tripod head both vertically and horizontally. The head also ensures that the images are taken at fixed angles apart.

The following links are examples stitched to experiment with software options.

360 on the Petone Wharf displayed using Flash

360 on the Petone Wharf displayed using Quicktime viewer

Spherical from Days Bay wharf

Be patient with this next image. It is quite large. It first loads a preview image that appears like a patchwork quilt and then after a while the full image.

Wellington Botanical Gardens using Panosalado