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Near Sphere Panorama of Waterfront Park (Big... 4 MB)

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Timothy Chase on February 5, 2009

Warning... the above photo is not for a dial up connection.

This panorama was stitched from 130 photos taken from 4:49 PM to 5:13 PM on 4 Feb 2009. My biggest panorama yet, in terms of the number of original photos, and it can't get much bigger -- at least in terms of solid angle. It is a near sphere, nearly 4 Pi steradians. I had to shave a small bit off the bottom and the top due to slivers being missing, but not much.


My second tripod got a little damaged (the one I had gotten for $13), so I went back hoping to get another, same size. They were out of those, so instead I got the next larger size -- going from 50 inches to 66 inches. I am sure it looks rather comical -- having my camera (not much larger than a cigarette pack) attached to the new tripod, but at least the images will be steady.

Yes -- that is the box for the tripod in the lower left, followed by my cup of espresso making its Hitchcock-esque appearance, then the tripod bag. And yes, that tiny pouch by the bag is what I carry my camera in.


This is an interesting spot. Not what you would normally think of as a park -- but the wildlife takes a different view. I have seen a small flock of ducks there -- and I have even seen a raccoon at night. However, today we had whirly-birds -- helicopters. Bank robbery on 5th and Union -- and the robber claimed he left a bomb. I was wondering what all the ruckous was about -- and didn't find out until I started heading home. (Asked a bus driver.)

Rafał Klisowski on February 6, 2009

I like this panorama (I gave it BoP). I can see your tripod holder and box :)

Cheers from Poland, Rafał

Guo Jia on February 6, 2009

impressive photo


Warm regards from Nanjing,China,kuka

My ♥ January Contest: path to paradise

Allan Hansen on February 6, 2009

Fantastic panoramo. What program do you use to stitch the photos? Voted best of

My contest photos

Greetings from Denmark, Allan LichtenHansen.

Timothy Chase on February 6, 2009

Hi Allen,

The program is called AutoStitch -- which is right in my price range! (They let you use the betas for free.) AutoStitch lets you do multiple rows and automatically fits them together into a spherical projection.

It was written by a fellow who works in AI, so you don't have to worry about the placement of the photos in the panorama itself -- or even the order of the photos. It figures those things out for itself through a statistical analysis of the features of the photos.

I simply told it 50% for the scale the selected the photos. But it takes time -- this took a couple of hours to stitch.

Allan Hansen on February 6, 2009

Hi TDCinSeattle Thanks for the info. I will try out the program. Good luck with your panorama. They are great. Allan

Timothy Chase on February 6, 2009


I have used AutoStitch for all of my 40+ panoramas. However, some of my panoramas required a lightening of the corners of the individual photos prior to stitching due to vignettes (a darkening of the corners which in small digital cameras is caused by decreased sensitivity of the sensor due to angle of incidence) -- so don't blame the AutoStich for either the vignettes or poor handling of them.

Timothy Chase on February 6, 2009

Hi Rafal,

Glad you like it so much!

Normally I will probably try and hide both the tripod bag and camera pouch, but I figured that they were part of the story behind the photo, at least this time around. The coffee cup? I will probably leave that in as part of my signature -- the way in which I am present in the photo, a little like the shadows you might see in a couple of my other panoramas (Of Sunlight, Shadows and Apparitions in Gas Works Park and The Making of a Memento). However, the reason why you don't see the tripod itself is because I removed it just before taking the last photo. Then I trimmed my feet out of the picture.

Pantelhs on February 6, 2009

Great panorama.

Greetings from Greece.

My contest.

Timothy Chase on May 22, 2009

As I mentioned above, this is a near-sphere panorama. As such, I thought it would be interesting to look at this after doing a polar wrap with Gimp. But there are two ways of doing this: the inny and the outie...

These are referred to a "polar panoramas."

chris metz on February 23, 2012

Very cool.

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Photo taken in Central Business District, Seattle, WA, USA

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