December 27, 2002

360-Degree Aerials!

Finally, I got a decent chance to shoot a panoramic. The image is of Maalaea Harbor. It's nothing special, but I learned the ins and outs of shooting these beasts.

You will need Apple Quicktime to view the panoramic. Download it at here if you don't have it.

Maalaea Harbor (251KB QTVR)

Out of 22 shots of the same thing, I found that really none of them were particularly useful. This QTVR is the result of about 3 hours of intense image manipulation. Hopefully, it'll get easier with time, and I'll post a good tutorial of how to make them with some tips for hangups and getting good source images together. Until then, enjoy, and post comments damnit.

Posted by John Laur at December 27, 2002 04:25 AM

Damnit, it looks very good. I tried to zoom in on you standing near the building but couldn't get enough. After about 5 minutes of panning around and enjoying the scenery I started feeling dizzy, went and layed-down and then threw-up......... Still waiting for those nudey beach shots. But I guess your just getting everything all tuned-up for it.

Posted by: John Laur on December 27, 2002 02:04 PM

4:24 a.m.???? is that your time or mine?

Posted by: John Laur on December 27, 2002 02:05 PM

That's your time, dawg.

Anyway, we went to try to fly over at Makena beach the other day (That's right next to the nude beach, by the way), but there was no wind. Sorry, man. Maybe next time.

Posted by: John Laur on December 27, 2002 09:13 PM

Well, we will certainly be watching here....

Posted by: John Laur on December 28, 2002 10:40 AM

that there 360 i reckon is pretty dog gone sweet. i wonder, what there soft aware package did you create dem views with?

Posted by: jimmy doohan on January 6, 2003 11:09 AM

Well, Jimmy, thanks for asking.

I used PanoTools in conjunction with a GUI called PTMac to stitch and change the projection of the images, then I retouched and assembled the final images with Photoshop. The GUI is for MacOS, but there is a similar program called PTGui for the PC. There is a java GUI that comes with panotools that is similar.

Here are a couple of good resources for panoramic photography:


Posted by: John Laur on January 6, 2003 01:52 PM
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