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#1 jonvn


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Posted 03 November 2014 - 02:56 AM

I just recently made this panorama from a hill on the SF Bay near my home.  It's really really huge.  About 63mb!  There's also a smaller version that's only about 14mb.  These images are 106x10 inches or so.  


It covers about 180 degrees of the bay from mid Peninsula to about San Leandro on the East Bay.  


You can zoom in very close.  Lots of really cool details.  You can even see the very top of the Golden Gate Bridge, about 30 miles away.


I did this with a nikon 80-200 f2.8D lens at 200mm and my d800.  I stitched together about 20 images (I think that many) with Photoshop.


I want to see if I can get more detail out by maybe using a longer lens.  That has been problematic.


Warning:  While this works great on my Mac  it's killed my system when viewing it with Windows.


Since these are so big, I'm providing links to dropbox.  Just click on the link and download and you should be able to get them.  If you're curious about the location, there is GPS info in the image metadata.


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Posted 03 November 2014 - 11:56 AM

Still needs lots of work...

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 06:31 PM

Still not bad better than most of my panos! :)



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Posted 03 November 2014 - 07:35 PM

Wow that is wide...what do you plan to do with it...have you got a wall long enough :)



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Posted 04 November 2014 - 02:20 AM

Ha.  No wall big enough for this. I suppose i could print this out somehow and turn it into a wallpaper trim type of thing, but otherwise I don't see much practical use for it. The only thing I can do with it is figure out how to make it better.  I want to have it as a 360 pano and have it a little taller.  The issue with it being taller has to do with my technique using the tripod and getting it level.  Because it's not exactly level I end up trimming a lot of the top and bottom off this.

Another problem is that these files are so huge it takes time to mess with them.  To make newer ones,  I've figured a few tricks for photoshop.  Since it's not being print, I convert the images to jpeg from raw and 72 DPI instead of 300.   I also make it 8 bits per channel instead of 16 or 32.  It really makes a massive difference.  The image goes from multiple gigabytes to being under 100mb in size.  


This particular one, though, is 300dpi and 16 bits per channel.  I think this is about as big as photoshop can handle for a jpg.  I have a bigger one now, and it's a TIFF file with LZW compression.  It is what Photoshop could handle.  I am sure there are software packages out there that will handle larger JPGs, but I have not yet bothered to look for any.

Edited by jonvn, 04 November 2014 - 08:19 AM.

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 09:59 PM

Links don't work for me....


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 03:16 PM

They don't?   That's odd.  You might get a "preview failed" message when you click on them.  You have to download the actual file and view it locally in a photo viewer.  It won't work via a web browser.

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