Ben Brooks

Hurricane Ridge

"I need to go get some good pictures, but we never go anywhere interesting…"

Let's go to the top of a mountain.

The Olympic National Park is one of my favorite spots to visit. It has easy hikes, and serious multi-day hikes. It's pristine and gorgeous.

I didn't know cross country skiing and snowshoeing was a popular activity here, I'll add that to my list.

One of my favorite shots of the day:

No. 135

Dumb luck that this guy landed next to me after I jogged up to the peak.

Heading back out.

Until next time.

Walk in a Park

We had to get the kids out of the house, and Dark Sky assured us it wasn't going to rain.

It's been raining a lot, so everything was wet. We opted for the natural paths, instead of the stroller accommodating asphalt.

I don't think she was being an airplane, I think that's just how she runs.

My wife and daughter played tag, as I tried to get our youngest back to the car for nap time.

Fun day, and we stayed dry. Muddy, but dry.

Photo Stitching without Photoshop

At the start of November I cancelled my Adobe Creative Cloud membership, and with that I lost access to Photoshop and Lightroom. The latter hasn't been an issue as I have gone ahead moved to Flare 2 for editing (mostly on my iPad). However I have recently started a new photo project which involves the need to stitch many photos into one large image — I was worried I would need Photoshop for this.

So my solution is a little Mac app called Photostitcher

Just today (01-01-2015) I went out and shot a series of images and used the app to create a large (9568 x 5559 pixel) image out of a series of images shot on my X100T. After stitching the image here is the result:

I processed the image with the Plane setting. As you can see it is a pretty good stitch, but since I forgot to shoot in full manual my camera adjusted it's settings one or two images into the shot. So about a third of the way into the image there is a noticeable blue line in the sky. Crap.

I took the image over to Pixelmatr and cleaned it up with the healing brush, which got me here:

Now I have a nice clean image. I then tossed the photo into Flare and ran a little filter over it. Which netted me:

Overall the process was much faster than I thought it would be, and I am pretty happy with the results. 


Most of the time, I just can't keep up with my oldest.

Green Path
Running Off Frame

In Japan

It was a long trip, but it was amazing.

We came across this temple and I just loved all the prayers tied to this fence.

Setup for a wedding reception.

Even the cracks in Japan are clean.