5th and University (Looking Up)

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KWO Tsoumenis on September 15, 2010






so... LIKE from Athens, Kostas :-)

Timothy Chase on September 15, 2010

Thank you - but yours are quite another level. Honestly.

geotsak (in memory) on September 30, 2010

Very interesting and unique work!!!

Like 3!!!

Greetings from Athens, Georgios :-)

Timothy Chase on October 3, 2010

geostak, thank you for saying so. Actually this is for the most part just a polar panorama.

You create a regular rectangular panorama that covers half a sphere or maybe a little larger. I will do 70 photos with at least 10% overlap between neighboring photos on a tripod using your basic point and shoot. Then I stitch the photos together using the free version of Autostitch -- which automatically figures out where to place the photos using statistics. It is being developed by two individuals who specialize in artificial intelligence.

Then you can use something like Photoshop to wrap the rectangular panorama around one pole or the other. Since I can't really afford Photoshop I use Gimp. Just after Tools you will see Filters. A submenu of that is Distorts. Then a submenu of that is Polar Coordinates -- and that is what I used to create the "looking up" effect on the hemisphere or near-sphere panoramas.

Wrapping around the bottom edge creates an outer polar panorama -- the more common type -- that looks a bit like a planet wrapped in sky. And wrapping around the top edge creates an inner polar panorama. This is an inner polar panorama -- which I am somewhat fond of as it looks a bit like you are looking straight up when you do it with a hemispherical panorama.

In any case I have included some polar panoramas in my Favorite Photos by other photographers. However, most of my panoramas and the panoramas of others are rectangular. And most of my favorite photos are panoramas -- partly because I wish to encourage the artform.

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