January 30, 2014

Create photo-walks with Lightroom + Photosynth

Andy Trice shows how to prep a series of images, then knit them together into an interactive piece using Microsoft’s new Photosynth technology:

Here’s the kind of thing he produces:

Check out his post for more examples.


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January 26, 2014

You spin me right ’round, Tokyo edition

Daniel Marcos Perujo has created a dizzying animation from 72 pictures taken in 36 different locations around Tokyo Sky Tree:


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December 06, 2013

Demo: How to create great panoramas in Photoshop

Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows how to create great panoramas from multiple photos (including Content-Aware Fill magic) in just under 4 1/2 minutes.


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November 20, 2013

Russell’s aerial tour continues

Building on yesterday’s video:

In the second video, Russell Brown will guide you though the process of taking an aerial panorama. This video is taken on location along the California coast and will demonstrate Mr. Brown’s technique for aerial tripod rotation.

Lean how to stitch aerial photographs together with the help of Adobe Camera Raw profiles combined with the Auto Alignment, and Blending features, in Adobe Photoshop CC.

[Adobe TV 1, 2]

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September 04, 2013

Photoshop + GoPro = Aerial pano

Russell Brown compares panorama creation via stills vs. video capture, then imports video frames to Photoshop layers & works his magic (color- and lens-correcting via Camera Raw):

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June 02, 2013

A photographer’s 360º wedding proposal

Via PetaPixel, this one’s too charming not to share. Photographer Brady Dyer writes,

After having the most amazing day ever, we were on the deck of our penthouse apartment drinking Veuve at which point Emma said “this moment couldn’t get any more perfect”… She was wrong! I told her to do a big 360 degree video of the sunset finishing on me and I would wave and say hello.


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March 21, 2013

“A Room With Many Views”

Russell Brown is the master of creatively misusing (or at least bending) Photoshop features. Here he manually aligns a series of photos, then blends them to create an elongated structure not found in nature.

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July 13, 2011

360-degree cockpits, new & old

Tangentially related: Don’t miss Shlomi Yoav’s eye-popping, wide-angle Shuttle launch photo.

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April 04, 2011

(rt) Photography: War, science, & enormous panoramas

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July 14, 2010

Historypin: Old photos overlaid on the modern world

What a totally cool project:

Historypin uses Google Maps and Street View technology and hopes to become the largest user-generated archive of the world’s historical images and stories.

Historypin asks the public to dig out, upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, Historypin lets you layer old images onto modern Street View scenes, giving a series of peeks into the past.

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June 28, 2010

Huge multitouch wall at the World’s Fair

The Wall of Chile  at the 2010 Shanghai World’s Fair features a 4-by-1.2 meter (13-by-4 foot) display wall that enables visitors to access more than six hours of high-definition video and thousands of photographs.

Here are more info & more projects from the creators.

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April 02, 2010

Sneak peek: Puppet Warp in Photoshop

Russell Brown has posted a demonstration of the Puppet Warp technology being developed for Photoshop:

Cool as everyone seems to agree the technology is, I know there’s a tendency to worry that it’s kind of frivolous–maybe useful only occasionally, and then for making some extreme change to an image. Fortunately that’s not the case. Stick with the demo to see Russell show (around the 5-minute mark) how the features can also be used to make subtle adjustments to photos. (Taken together with Content-Aware Fill, automatic lens correction, and the ability to address huge amounts of memory thanks to 64-bit, I think panorama creators will be very happy with what’s cooking.)

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April 01, 2010

(rt) Photographic Extremes: Giant panos, putrid water, & more


  • Wow–check out this 26-gigapixel Parisian panorama. See the project blog for perspective from the photographer, notes on the stitching process, and more. [Via]
  • Axel Mellinger has constructed a giant 648-megapixel panorama of the Milky Way.
  • Hard core photography: Wildlife photographer Greg du Toit spent 270 hours submerged in a putrid African watering hole for this. [Via Winston Hendrickson]
  • A Human Liberty Bell? Ridonkulous.
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    February 11, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Everest 360 & more

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    January 23, 2010

    Haiti earthquake: 360° video

    CNN is documenting the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake by offering 360° video clips. As the site says,

    Use your mouse to click and drag around the video to change the view. You can also zoom in and out. Pause and explore at any time by pressing the play/pause button under the video to stop and look around.

    Note the arrows at upper right that lead to additional videos. I find the second one most interesting in that it was shot via a person’s backpack, enabling a view that’s pedestrian in both senses. That feels to me like an interesting counterpoint to most photojournalism (e.g. the heartbreaking images on The Big Picture) which emphasizes some amount of technical excellence (composition, focus, lighting, etc.). The 360° videos are inherently more raw.

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    November 10, 2009

    Panoramic view from a tongue

    Tell me this isn’t one of the weirdest things you’ve seen all week:

    Here’s some more info.

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    October 31, 2009

    (rt) Photography: Biggest tree photo ever & more

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    July 20, 2009

    Monday Photography: Cities in Dust

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    February 11, 2009

    Bryan Hughes shares ideas, tips

    My fellow Photoshop PM/Best Man/unindicted co-conspirator* Bryan O’Neil Hughes has posted a guest entry on Scott Kelby’s blog.  In it Bryan talks about some of his favorite photographic enhancements in Photoshop CS4, and he shows off some new ideas for using the new Auto-Blend Layers options to combine flash/no-flash images.


    *And, any minute now, father.  Something is in the water, with Photoshop PM babies a go-go (four due in the next five months, Miles H. being first in the queue).  You know we’re doing it just for the cute test files...

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    September 22, 2008

    Monday Photography: Bright lights, big pixels

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    August 29, 2008

    A pair of panos: Obama & Olympics

    The NY Times has been making more use of interactive panoramas these days, offering a new take on storytelling & dropping the viewer into context in a way that’s hard to match with still images alone:


    • Gabriel Dance and Raymond McCrea Jones captured the electrified atmosphere preceding Barack Obama’s speech last night in Denver.
    • A pano taken from the 10-meter platform in Beijing’s Water Cube features narration from American diver Thomas Finchum.  (Now you know: the Cube is, technically speaking, "ginormous.")  Photo credits go to Bedel Saget, Mike Schmidt, and Gabriel Dance.
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    July 05, 2008

    Weekend Photography: HDR to RFK

    • Is Full-Frame the Coming Thing, or is it just a way for uninformed gearheads to show off?  Longtime photography observer Mike Johnston posts some interesting thoughts on the subject.
    • High dynamic range:
      • Our friend Ben Willmore has been traveling the country in his bus, and he’s collected the best of his work at The Best of Ben.
      • Reaktor 1 is a cool, interactive, HDR panorama from Jann Lipka.
      • Norwegian photog Klaus Nordby captured a beautiful fjord sunrise, then posted the high-res image via Photoshop CS3’s Zoomify export feature.
    • History:
      • On June 8, 1968, Look photographer Paul Fusco rode inside the funeral train that carried Robert Kennedy’s body from New York to Washington to be buried beside his brother at Arlington.  On the NY Times site he narrates a slideshow of the work, capturing the Americans who lined the route.  The NYT carries remembrances from that time, and more shots (albeit smaller) are here.  [Via]
      • The Commons, Flickr’s project to host public-domain images, is getting beefed up with the help of The Smithsonian.  The institution added 800 photographs from its collection of 13 million images, and 1,200 more will be added in coming months, according to CNET.  Images shared on the Commons can be tagged by anyone.
      • The Smithsonian posts a small set of turn-of-the-20th-century color autochromes.  Kottke has more info & links to more early color photography.
    • Moving in Stereo:
    • DIY:

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    May 24, 2008

    Miscellaneous interestingness

    New fatherhood -> sleep deprivation (yeah, still) -> abandoning any pretense of categorization.  That said, here are a few interesting bits I’ve seen lately:


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    March 30, 2008

    A great digital imaging project honors the fallen

    Photographer Peter Krogh (author of the excellent The DAM Book, the Rapid Fixer extension for Bridge, and more) recently completed an ambitious & enormous digital imaging project: photographing all 58,256 names listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, enabling the creation of an interactive online version of the wall.  By stitching together some 1,494 digital images into a 400,000 pixel by 12,500 pixel monster, Peter & colleague Darren Higgins were able to help create a Flash-based presentation that enables you to search for names, read servicemen’s details, and add notes and photos to the wall.

    The presentation site features some behind-the-scenes production info, but figuring there was more to the story, I asked Peter for details.  He kindly provided them in this article’s extended entry.  Read on for more.


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    January 21, 2008

    “Enter The Ghetto Matrix,” Flash Panos, & HDR

    • "How to Enter The Ghetto Matrix": Graffiti Research Labs built their own bullet-time camera rig, then used it to make a music video. [Via]
    • Flash-based panoramas:
      • The NYT features a pair of interactive panoramas shot at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.  The audio helps add to the sense of being there, though I’d recommend skipping the built-in animation & instead clicking and dragging to navigate for yourself.
      • Rob Corell passed along these 360° video panoramas, created with the help of Papervision 3D. Go Irish.
    • More high dynamic range action:

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    November 14, 2007

    Feedback, please: Photomerge in Photoshop

    [Update: Though the interactive mode of Photomerge is no longer installed by default in Photoshop CS4, you can download & install the plug-in: see links for Mac & Win.]

    The Photoshop team could use your guidance in setting priorities around our panorama-creation tools.

    The automatic alignment & blending features introduced in CS3 have been really well received by photographers creating panoramas.  Panorama creation in CS2 and earlier relied on use of an interactive dialog (screenshot) that enabled the user to adjust the position and rotation of images before blending them together.  The improved algorithms in CS3, however, can usually produce good results without any user interaction, which is why Photomerge now defaults to “Auto” (screenshot) and bypasses the interactive dialog unless you request it.

    So, here’s the question: Do we even need the interactive dialog anymore?  It’s built on an aging framework, so keeping it around would require some investment.  If you create panoramas using Photoshop CS3 and rely on the dialog, please let us know the details (via the comments) of how & why.



    PS–General feedback on panorama creation in Photoshop is always welcome, too, though the fate of the dialog is the most urgent issue.

    [Update: As of CS4 the plug-in is no longer installed by default, but you can still download and use it if you’d like. –J.]

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    October 25, 2007

    Gigapixel panos through Flash

    GigaPan.org is "sort of a Flickr for zoomable panoramas," notes Photoshop engineer (and Photomerge creator) John Peterson. The site makes it possible to upload & browse gigapixel-sized images, then navigate through them via a Flash interface.  Here’s a shot of Adobe HQ, taken from nearby Caesar Chavez park* in downtown San José.  (Bustling, isn’t it? ;-))  The site is labeled "beta," and the viewer currently leaves much to be desired (quit squirming around, dammit!), but it’s a very cool project nonetheless. [Via]

    For more in this vein, see previous: Colossal images through Photoshop & Flash; 13 gigapixels or bust; 3.8 Gigapixels of Half Dome.

    * I’m sure I walk by it all the time, but until seeing this image I never noticed the deeply gross sign in the park.  Click the second of the two snapshots below the Adobe pano to read it.  I’ll never think of the fountain in quite the same way.

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    October 07, 2007

    viewAt.org: Flash-based panorama sharing

    The folks at viewAt.org have carved out an interesting mission for themselves: letting photographers around the world share their panoramas as interactive Flash creations. Citing the ubiquity of Flash over QuickTime, the site creators have devised a system whereby photogs can upload their panoramas, make them interactive (see instructions), and plot them on the Earth via Google Maps.  Site co-creator
    Bernard Custard Gascó writes:

    This project is totally free for anyone who wishes to upload their
    panoramas and has the advantage of offering your uploads in Flash, thanks to a system developed by Denis Chumakov. Besides this, you can promote
    your own website integrated on Google Earth.

    Needless to say, you have complete control over your own work, and
    obviously all rights are yours. By means of a simple code number, you can
    insert the panoramas on your web page and authorize those which you allow
    others to download.

    Click around the map on the main page to view panos from all around the world.  Very cool work, guys.

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    September 08, 2007

    13 gigapixels or bust; sketchy photogs; more

    • In Spectacle, photographers David Rockwell & Bruce Mau "celebrate the phenomenon and history of communal, awe-inspiring public performance worldwide–from the stadium to the streets, from religious festivals to political marches."  Dig the really well-chosen type treatments as well. [Via]
    • For a different kind of spectacle, see Harlem in 13 Gigapixels. Photographer Gerard Maynard & software developer Alexandre Jenny have teamed up to create a massive image of the famous New York neighborhood.  With results spanning 279,689 x 46,901 pixels, the project’s raw numbers
      are pretty eye-popping:
      • 2,045 individual photos from a Nikon D2X
      • 21.49 GB of compressed raw data
      • 1 day for image placement and color correction
      • 46 hours of rendering on an 8-core Xeon system with 8GB of RAM
      • Results: A single 48.8 GB image stored in the Photoshop Large Document format (.PSB), converted via Zoomify & displayed through the Flash Player.
        [Via Maria Brenny]  (If this is up your alley, see previous.)
    • Ah, the 1950’s, when you had to be the lookout for "corn-fed belles" hanging out of trees along the road, ready to disrobe in your U-Haul trailer.  At least that’s the world conjured up by the (more than a little creepy) Glamour Photography magazine–one "designed to give the camera man a better understanding of the technical and philosophical aspects of photographing pretty girls."  Philosophy–yes, that’s it. [Via]
    • Elsewhere in history, here are 50 years of a woman’s life, as told by photos bought at a garage sale.  Note to self: Keep trying not to get old.
    • Clayton James Cubitt shares portraits of Hurricane Katrina survivors.  (I’m a big fan of Flash galleries in general, but in this case I think the jerky transitions distract from the subject matter.) [Via]

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    June 02, 2007

    A momentary lapse in time

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    May 13, 2007

    Sunday in black & white

    It’s been far too long since I’ve gotten to share some photographic finds.  So, without further ado, here’s great stuff in black & white:

    • The Apollo Prophecies sounds fascinating: "This installation features a continuous ten inch by thirty-six foot long black and white panoramic photograph depicting astronauts from the 1960’s traveling to the moon and back. While on the lunar surface they discover a lost Edwardian expedition that may or may not be real. It was shot and assembled on sets or on location with miniature models and live actors."  Here’s a video about its creation, followed by larger detail images.  The long-snouted astronauts have a Hieronymus Bosch quality.
    • Through photog Tim Mantoani (who’s doing a really interesting project I’ll mention soon), I learned of rock n’ sports vet Michael Zagaris. Sports Shooter is hosting a gallery of his work (love the Bill Walsh/Joe Montana shot), and more is available to see and purchase on Michael’s site.
    • Jonathan Greenwald sets his portfolios to music.  Dig the "Ordinary Life" set, well paired with Coldplay.
    • Herman Krieger’s Mall-aise captures suburban anomie with visual & verbal puns. [Via]  On a somewhat related note, Stephen Crowley captures isolation at a rural motel.
    • SUNY Buffalo hosts a rather haunting gallery of early 20th century images from the Arkansas State Prison. [Via]
    • On Flickr folks are re-creating vintage photos of London.  See also the site’s Then & Now photo pool. [Via]
    • Apparently, in child portraiture, it was once common for mothers to disguise themselves as chairs. [Via]
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    March 06, 2007

    Hurricanes, Turkish panos, & more

    • The New Yorker talks to photographer Clifford Ross, creator of the ultra-high-res R1 film camera (see it on his site), as well as the R2, a 360-degree video camera (images) that captures 9 gigs of data each minute.  The R2, they write, is "like a super-high-tech Advent calendar," revealing "thousands of little inadvertent dramas."  I’ve found Clifford’s site engrossing, offering a high-res sample image, as well as his terrific Hurricane series (apparently a very wet shooting endeavor). [Via]
    • As Turkish photog & filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan traveled the country to scout locations, he created a series of striking panoramas called Turkey Cinemascope.  His muted palettes & lighting are out of sight.  The Online Photographer offers a brief profile.
    • Macduff Everton travels the world making beautiful images, many of them panoramic.  I found his site a touch difficult to navigate (and the images sadly tiny), but the gallery is lovely nonetheless. [Via Dave Sailer]
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    February 27, 2007

    The 66" negative

    AutoWeek has the interesting story of how photographer Rick Graves uses a modified, motorized camera back which feeds a continuous roll of film past the shutter while it’s open, creating a very wide negative (like this one; scroll it to the right):

    "Each image Graves makes is from one exposure on an entire roll of film, not a composite of several different images.

    "’A number of people have tried to build this type of camera,’ Graves said, likening it to the finish-line cameras used at horse races. ‘But the difference with my camera is that I have 66 inches of movement [of the film] in one second. The film is moving relative to the moving subject. I developed this camera as a better way to capture motion.’

    "The secret to the system is not the camera itself—a standard 500 Series Hasselblad—but in the film back, which contains a small motor and various electronics adapted from the robotics industry. This setup gives Graves control of how fast the film moves when he opens the shutter. If he gets it right, the film is moving at the same speed as the cars, allowing for a photo with dozens of speeding cars, all razor sharp."

    NASCAR sells prints that are 4 inches tall by 8 feet long.  Check out many more examples (not all automotive) in the DistaVision portfolio. One slight bummer is that because of the ubiquity of Photoshop-edited composites in the world, a lot of viewers may think these works are simply digital collages. [Via Joe Ault]

    On a related note, I happened across an article on slit-scan photography that features a rather trippy photo produced using related methods. [Via]

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    February 17, 2007

    Panopalooza: From Barcelona to the Moon

    It’s rough–rough!–when a humble photog like me finds himself pursued from city to city by someone much more capable behind the lens.  But that’s the situation in which I found myself last week, when Dzone Magazine editor Hans Frederiks* (brother of Adobe’s own Ton Frederiks) joined us in Amsterdam, then in Barcelona.  I found time to squeeze in a few panoramic shots, but every time I’d turn around, Hans was shooting & had already uploaded images to his blog.  It’s all good, though, and I wanted to pass along a few of his images (stitched together with Photoshop CS3):

    Since folks seemed to enjoy my Paris panorama, here are a few more from the journey**:

    Figuring that if you’ve read this far, you must like panoramic flavor, so I’ll pass along a few more:

    *I also can’t offer up phrases like "Eindelijk sneeuw! De lichtmeester ‘at it again’!"  But I can enjoy the sound. ;-)

    **Note: We’re still fine tuning the Zoomify implementation in Photoshop.  The output here is generally nicer than what you can produce with the CS3 public beta, but we still have some work to do (e.g. the panos are a bit soft when they first load).  Also, I’m trying not to Zoomify things just for the sake of doing so, and instead I want to use the feature only when it adds value (and when it doesn’t let you see just how noisy some of my captures are!).

    Oh, and one more thing: This is post #500 on the ol’ blog-blog-revolution.  I hope you enjoy the reading as much as I enjoy the writing.

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    February 07, 2007

    Paris from the top

    I’m having a ball shooting panoramic images in Europe, so I thought I’d share one sample (more to come). I created this 27MP Parisian pano by taking a series of shots from atop the Tour Montparnasse, home to the local Adobe office. I stitched the images together by loading them via the files-to-layers script, then choosing Edit->Auto-Align Layers, followed by Edit->Auto Blend Layers, and finally Export->Zoomify.
    Adobe must have a thing for towers, and I write this from the Barcelona office, which tops a 20-story building overlooking the beach. The city is as beautiful as I’d been told, so I look forward to shooting more tourist bits–er, valuable test files–in a bit.
    [Update: Fixed link.]

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    December 10, 2006

    3.8 Gigapixels of Half Dome; Great Flash panoramas

    The folks at FlashPanoramas.com sell a utility for displaying spherical panoramas via the Flash Player.  They’ve now updated their technology to take advantage of the new full-screen mode enabled in the latest rev of Player 9.  Check out some very cool examples, or get the tool for €39.95 from their site. [Via]

    Elsewhere, Greg Downing & co. at xRez.com are working on Extreme Resolution panoramic image creation.  Check out this 3.8 gigapixel* spherical panorama of Half Dome, displayed via the Google Maps API. 
    Although the subject is nearly a mile from the camera position, you can zoom in and see a climber on the face of Half Dome, as well as someone standing on the visor & and hikers along the Merced river in the valley below.
    Wicked!  "By the way," Greg writes, "Photoshop large document format [PSB] was a lifesaver on this project!"

    The xRez site shows off more examples and goes into plenty of technical geekery for those so inclined.  Greg’s own site offers other interesting bits on HDR panoramas, and this QuickTime slideshow nicely demonstrates how various elements of a scene can be displayed at different exposures.   (Aside: Is that thing a naval mine or an interrogation droid or…?)  A test render of 3D objects lit with an HDR lighting map shows the power of sampling this data from a scene, then feeding it into a 3D rendering package.

    *According to Wikipedia, a single gigapixel contains 250 times the data captured by a 4MP sensor. (Of course, at any given moment Wikipedia might claim that I personally have invented over 350 uses for the peanut–but I think it can be trusted in this case.)

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    November 11, 2006

    Panoramas: Cubism, Holgas, and DIY planets

    • "Holga Cubism": Susan Bowen is a fine art photographer who creates panoramic collages using a cheap plastic Holga camera.  She writes, "The long overlapping images are created by only partially advancing the film between exposures – the overlapping occurs in the film itself. It delights me how well these mostly unplanned juxtapositions capture my experience of a particular time and place and at the same time have an identity all their own."   Check it out. [Via]
    • Danish photographer Hans Nyberg took a series of panoramas at Photokina , including a pair showing the Adobe booth
      He reports, "For fast action panoramas we shoot 3 or 4 images with a fisheye.
      Many of us use the Canon 5D today with a Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye (with an adapter).
      They are stitched with software like PTGui." Here are some more.
    • Photojojo (no relation, we presume) has a fun tutorial on How to Create Your Own Planets Using Your Panoramas. [Via]
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    October 21, 2006

    Colossal images through Photoshop & Flash

    • Jean-François Rauzier has developed techniques for creating "Hyperphotos"–panoramas that can be printed some 30′ x 10′. "When looking at a Hyperphoto," says his press release, "at first you think you’re
      looking at an enlargement of a panoramic photograph.
      Not quite. Look more closely and you absorb a strange
      atmosphere that distances the viewer from the real world
      and sucks you into a universe of dizzying amplitude.
      Each Hyperphoto is a gigantic hyper-realist puzzle,
      created by assembling hundreds of close-up shots
      taken with a telephoto lens." 

      Jean-François reports that although he tried other software, Photoshop was the only tool capable of handling his 30-40GB images.  He displays them on his site using Flash, though for sheer scale I’d love to see one in person.   More info (in French) on his process is here and here.

    • Rob Galbraith has the story of HAL9000, an Italian team that has created a whopping 8.6 gigapixel stitched photograph of an Italian fresco.  They won’t go into the details of how they stitched 1,145 Nikon D2X frames into a 96,679 x 89,000 behemoth, but it looks like they use the excellent Zoomify technology to make the results visible (a la Google Maps) via Flash.  Check out the results on their site.

    Hmm–using Photoshop and Flash together to make sharing high-res imagery a snap; seems like something the Grand Unified Adobe might want to consider… [pulling chin thoughtfully]

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    April 10, 2006

    Kite aerial panoramas

    A few months back I wondered whether someone would attach a digital camera to a pigeon. No luck so far, but how about 360° panoramas taken from kites? Photographer Scott Haefner has rigged up a Nikon Coolpix with fisheye lens to a kite, from which he snags shots like this one of Stanford’s Hoover Tower. Images go through PTMac & PanoTools on their way to Photoshop and final output.
    Finding this work led me to learn about kite pano pioneer George Lawrence, whose 17-kite “Captive Airship” helped document the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Scott plans to try to replicate the shot using modern equipment, while another team plans to recreate the shot using a replica of the original camera and a helicopter. A number of Lawrence’s photos are currently on display at SFMOMA.
    By the way, through the magic of Wikipedia I learned that Lawrence was the great-grandfather of Adobe blogger Thomas Phinney. Small world!
    PS–So, maybe the pigeon-cam thing has yet to pan out, but you can still glimpse the world from the perspective of a bear, armadillo, or other critter. [Via]

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    January 27, 2006

    Return of the DRÖMKÖK

    That brilliant Ikea “Dreamkitchens” site (mentioned last year) is back for a new spin in 2006. In addition to featuring new rooms of freeze-framed chaos, the site smoothly ties in a short Flash video intro. Wicked. [Via]

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    January 25, 2006

    Panoramas in motion

    If you’re interested in panoramic photography (see previous entries), check out World in Motion VR. The site features a technique I hadn’t seen before: QuickTime VR panoramas where the camera is moving, recording the scene over time. Here’s one of many examples (make sure to let it load a bit, and remember that you can click and drag as the video plays). It’s a trippy effect–“Double hand touch for drama!” The site also features more traditional but no less cool still panoramas (like this one from a glacier). Lastly, DIY gearheads may be interested in how to make a video panorama system on the cheap. [Via]

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    January 03, 2006

    New Year’s Panoramas

    The Panoramas.dk site features a collection of great New Year’s Panoramas, captured just a couple of days ago. The sound that accompanies several is a nice, immersive touch. (Is it just me, or with the London crowd can you hear a British accent in the countdown? And what’s with the Lisbon pano apparently being captured by GI Joe nemesis Destro? (scroll around and down in the pano)) [Via]
    Oh, and by the way, Happy New Year from Adobe!
    [Update: Andrew Nemeth points out his gallery of panoramas that feature binaural stereo audio. And Marco Trezzini passed along VRWay.com for additional panoramic resources.]

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    December 02, 2005

    You spin me right ’round, DRÖMKÖK, right ’round

    Ikea’s “Drömkök åt alla” (“Dreamkitchens for everyone”) site brings a fresh spin (sorry) to the Bullet Time photography aesthetic, letting you rotate through a series of rooms [link via Mike Downey]. sto.pp, the post-production company that did this work, features a behind-the-scenes article here.

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    November 23, 2005

    Bottle VR

    Photographer Thomas Mottl deploys the underused QuickTime VR to show the world from inside a 2-litre water bottle. [via] For plenty more VR science, see VRMAG.

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