Category: "Panorama"

Charles River Spherical Panorama

I did a couple of new sperical (360°x360°) panoramas, I'll give you one I made on the river Charles near Copley / Prudential. It's not HDR, therefor it is a bit overblended, the next one will be better, I promise... ENJOY

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03/26/08. 12:03:46 am. 40 words, . Categories: Photography, Panorama , 4 comments »

The Panosaurus attacks

This may sound as the titel of a mediocre B-movie, for once, this is not the case. After showeling some 40cm of fresh snow on Saturday, I discovered that there was a parcel waiting for me. Yes, my Panosaurus (stupidest name ever award for that...) spherical panorama head for my tripod had arrived. For a while I have been fescinated by panormaic photography, but I lacked one tool that makes it all much easier: a panoramic head to mount the camera. As those usually cost some 500$ I never thought of buying one, until I discovered the cheap Panosaurus. It is not terribly robust, but hey, for 70$, who dares to complain. And it does quite a good job as well. Although my camera with my big lens is much too heavy, I manages to get some decent panoramas. The pain however is to assemble them (I use PtGUI) on my MacBook. 1GB RAM is clearly not enough, and the assembly of a 360°x180° HDR panorama, using 70 32Bit HDR pictures at 12MPixels each took some 24 hours and over 100GB of temp space (lucky I have some external HDDs...). I'm only in the beginning of discovering these tools, so the results are far from being perfect. However, if you have a quicktime plugin, click on the picture below and you'll be able to navigate and zoom through the picture. The resolution is quite poor though, I had to render it from 19600x9300 pixels down to 800x400... Hope you'll enjoy it, it certainly won't be the last you'll encounter here. This is the Harvard Arboretum btw, covered with 40 cm of snow.

Harvard Arboretum Boston

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02/25/08. 04:38:21 pm. 267 words, . Categories: Photography, Panorama, High Dynamic Range , 8 comments »

Boston Skyline at Night

Boston skyline at night plus the River Charles
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02/19/08. 09:58:49 pm. 0 words, . Categories: Photography, Panorama , 9 comments »

Where the Ice is sleeping

Frozen pond in the Berbuerg woods

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11/22/07. 09:45:20 pm. 0 words, . Categories: Photography, Panorama, High Dynamic Range , 2 comments »

Panoramic View of Luxembourg City

Panoramic View of Luxembourg city, Pont Grande-Duchesse Charlotte, Kirchberg, Pfaffental, Grund, Findel and Cents

I love panoramic stiching. But this one really was a pain to realize. Even when ignoring the fact under which safety precautions I took them... Because doing a panoramic stitch with 40x 12 MP images shot in RAW means calculating and lots of temporary space. Although I praised the CS3 pnaoramic stiching capacities in a former post, when coming to a monster such as this one, PS will fail (if you do not happen to have some 8 GB of RAM and 2 Quadro cores). So I moved to PTGui, which is a very nice alternative, if you want more user interaction. The app will set a number of cross-referenced control points that the user can then adjust. Well you do have a million of other options which I will not go into, let it just been said that after hours of control-point setting the calculations could finally begin yesterday evening. After 20 s the first Warning: Will require 105 GB of temporary space... Lucky I have enough external HDDs... It took some hours to produce the final 17'500x4062 px monster (that's 71 mega pixels for all you humans). Sweet, and that in 16 Bit, say hello to a one GB big image. Well, as you can imagine, I won't put it online in the original size...

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07/28/07. 07:02:51 pm. 212 words, . Categories: Photography, Photoshop et al., Panorama ,