My previous visit to Nepal was unfortunately after the devastating earthquake in 2015, which destroyed many of the country's ancient and historic landmarks. This time, my goal was to capture some of the beauty and culture of Nepal through 3D photogrammetry. One of my favorite places to do this was at the Swayambhu temple, where I would go for morning runs before the sun rose. The cloudy forecast was actually perfect for 3D scanning, as it provided even lighting and minimized shadows.
Photogrammetry is the art and science of extracting 3D information from photographs. The process involves taking overlapping photographs of an object, structure, or space, and converting them into 2D or 3D digital models.
As I wandered through the bustling local market, I stumbled upon a stunning shrine that had been incorporated into a tree. I spent several minutes walking around it, taking in the intricate details and trying to capture the perfect shot. The 3D format really came in handy here, as it allowed me to capture the depth and texture of the surroundings in a way that traditional photography couldn't have. It might have looked amusing to an observer, watching me walk around in circles, but the end result was worth it.