Columbia Center and Municipal Building

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Timothy Chase on August 20, 2011

1508 x 2240, 2011-08-07, three photos from 10:44-10:45 AM, North by Northeast of Smith Tower from its observation deck. You may notice that the buildings are slightly bowed, thicker at the center than the top or bottom. Autostitch is already compensating with two axis of rotation, and although it is difficult to achieve, the program is capable of spherical panoramas. A sphere cannot be projected on to a flat plane without distortion. The closest I have come is a near sphere of Waterfront Park. Here are three different projections: Near Sphere Panorama of Waterfront Park, Waterfront Park II,Waterfront Park III. I have also done three hemispherical(+) panoramas, each of a different location: 5th and University (Looking Up), Fourth and Seneca (Looking Up), Seattle Library (Looking Up). Circle and semi-circle panoramas are much easier, but Smith Tower's observation deck doesn't permit that. However, this panorama and the preceding three (North by Northwest of Smith Tower, Northeast of Smith Tower and South of Smith Tower) all overlap on both the left and the right, creating a closed circuit that covers the entire compass.

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  • Uploaded on August 20, 2011
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    by Timothy Chase