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#1 Wizzard

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:57 PM

My current favourite photographic obsession is Panoramas.
Logically, this is followed by manipulation of the results. :)

Here is my first 360 degree Polar Planet panorama.

I'm fairly chuffed with this for a number of reasons :
1. I use PSP7.14, which is fairly old (circa 2001).
2. This type of image was restricted to users of Adobe's Photoshop (notably from 2005 onwards).
3. I've proved that humble .8BF filters can do the job (if one is prepared to experiment a bit).
4. Cannot think of 4, or 5, etc. :D


Details: taken at the junction of three roads. I'm standing on the traffic circle.
For the curious, the sky is white because the images were taken on a recent overcast day.

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Anyone else into this type of imaging ??
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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:24 AM

I understand about half the camera-related jargon you just gave us, but the pic is pretty damn cool! :D

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 09:10 AM

Thanks Diva.

Cameras and computers. They go hand-in-hand.

The composite, before manipulation, is comprised of 55 individual images.

BTW .... these images were taken with a humble Kodak Z650 (6MP superzoom), albeit in aperture priority mode.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:57 PM

I call this "The house on the hill".

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:01 PM

Some subjects are more suited than others for this type of manipulation.

This was imaged on a "sports field" (with outbuildings) from a very rural part of the country.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:04 PM

Love 'em. This is definitely one of the things I keep meaning to do - it's kinda one of those things that everyone playing with cameras has to do; like the clones of yourself shot.
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Posted 29 April 2013 - 01:47 AM

Biggest hassle is processing time.
A triple layered panorama can take over 4 hours to render.
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Posted 29 April 2013 - 06:09 AM

Those are amazing, Wizzard! Really cool! :)
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Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:49 AM

Thanks.






My question remains .... has anyone else tried creating these ?
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Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:38 AM

Not tried, also on the "meaning to" list.
Very awesome Wizzard :)
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Posted 01 May 2013 - 12:00 AM

You should do one of these next: http://io9.com/how-t...sible-485869438
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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:53 PM

This country is just too dangerous to try the type you linked to.
This type of image would require my Canon, and this item is something I don't want taken by criminals.
Experienced a robbery at knifepoint by a traffic light in Rustenberg during Jan 2012, and had a fine camera stolen, not to mention the assault on my MIL who was also in the vehicle.



I did however try my first night-time 360deg pano (2 days ago), and duly converted that into a polar panorama.

Tell you this much, there is a steep learning curve associated with both day and night time panoramic imaging.
Consider that many of my panos have 360 hor FOV and up to 90 deg vertical FOV.
There are some "tricks of the trade" that one doesn't read about on the net, yet have to implement to overcome specific problems.
Dealing with the sun when it's not overhead, but where it will interfere on an image with a wide vetical FOV is a typical problem.

Great fun though.
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Posted 02 May 2013 - 12:25 PM

And ... another one.

This is a polar rendition of the Air Force Memorial in Pretoria.
Taken soon after sunrise on an overcast day (30-04-2013), just before the clouds lifted.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 05:06 AM

That's very cool!
These actually remind me of a cartoon movie I saw ages ago; I think it was called dragon hunters, but thehad these individual little plantes floating around and these pics look like those little planets.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:50 AM

Speaking of "floating planets", here's something I imaged some time ago.

Try and guess what it is........ :)

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:06 PM

Sunday, the only time that traffic is at an ebb. Just what one needs for some street panoramas.

For this pano, I got bold, and placed six road cones in a circle at a relatively busy (even for a Sunday) intersection on the Old Johannesburg road (close to the Swartkops golf course), and snapped away.

Nice open road surface with minmal shadows gave a good result.

For the curious:
Tech details of the rectilinear panorama (from which the Polar Pano is derived):
49 images, resulting in a 20000x4500 pixel image (after cropping), which results in a 263MB BMP file.
FOV = 360 x 85 degrees.

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Imaged with a Fuji S9500.
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