September 19, 2005

My first 360

360o panorama, that is. This was taken from the top of Thorpe Cloud in Dovedale on Saturday afternoon, and as usual it was put together with autostitch.
360 degree panorama taken from the top of Thorpe Cloud in Dovedale
(The link goes to a full resolution version stored elsewhere as it is much too big for Blogbuilder – beware, it is a 20MB image of over 40MP)

I broke my usual rules with this, taking all the shots handheld (I wasn't about to lug a tripod up there) and left the camera on auto (I was in a hurry), but the result is not too bad. Of course it suffers from the usual autostitch curved horizon, and you can see areas where the exposure varies a bit too much. There are 17 individual pictures stitched together for this shot.

Because it is a 360o pano, and because autostitch is completely automatic, I had no idea where it would start and stop. As it turns out, the first shot I took has ended up in the middle. That's where the "ghost" is – somebody who was standing on the peak when I took the first shot but who had gone by the time I got back there after taking all the others. I'll edit that out sometime.

Thorpe Cloud is 930' about sea level (GPS height) and about a 450' climb.

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  1. Paul Strapps

    Great picture!!

    The ghostly figure roughly in the centre of the image is a bit disconcerting, I'm assuming this is a glimpse into how Autostitch puts things together and not some paranormal phenomenon!! ;)

    19 Sep 2005, 12:54

  2. Steve Rumsby

    Yes, if there's something different between two versions of an overlap the blending process will produce something between the two, hence the ghost. That spot in the middle was the first picture I took, and there was somebody standing there at the time. By the time I had worked my way all the way around and got back to the same spot, they'd gone. I can use one or other of the originals to paste over this spot in the pano to either reinstate them properly or reomve them completely. I haven't yet decided which – I need to try both and see which I prefer.

    Incidentally, the individual pieces of this pano were taken in portrait orientation to provide some extra height and vertical resolution. If you follow the link to the full-sized picture and view it at 100%, the level of detail is quite impressive!

    I'm still looking for an genuine opportunity to produce a 2-D panorama with lots and lots of pixels. This one is a little over 40MP. There's got to be a 100MP picture out there waiting to be taken…:-)

    19 Sep 2005, 14:28

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