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Timothy Chase
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I have lived in Seattle since early 1999. I got a camera in early October, 2007 and started taking some pictures. More recently I got into panoramas and have taken a fair number, including hemisphere and sphere panoramas - the latter of which are available at the "link" in the upper left (just below the "T" in my name) as part of Google Maps. Email (remove all spaces and replace "at" with the appropriate symbol): timothy chase at gmail .com
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"The 150 Occupy Seattle tents in Westlake Park were taken down by 7:30 Monday morning as Seattle police and Seattle parks employees moved in to clear what the city has long said was illegal camping on city property....


"No arrests were made overnight Saturday, but protesters said that from about 2 a.m. onward, officers circled the encampment, awakening them in their tents. A police officer who was not authorized to speak said their job was to make sure the protesters didn't sleep."


8 arrested, tents cleared Monday at Occupy Seattle, By Jennifer Sullivan and Sanjay Bhatt Originally published October 17, 2011 at 7:29 AM | Page modified October 17, 2011 at 9:59 PM

The above is an equirectangular projection. I have included it for comparison with the more-normal-appearing, angle-preserving ("conformal") Freeway Park Around Union Square.

This panorama consists of 36 photos taken 2011-10-02 between 10:19-24. 6827 x 2768 px, 360 x 133 degrees. I have just walked down from the apartments on the Northwest corner of First Hill. Following a concrete path, I passed by artificial waterfalls, then under the 8th Avenue bridge on the right, walking towards the skyscrapers. Freeway Park is behind the Convention Center and built over the I-5 Highway. It is fairly quiet, despite all the traffic underneath, and it offers good views of downtown, including close-up views of the short One and and tall Two Union Square left of center. This was nearly a hemisphere panorama. Short a few degrees at the top. However, this is a Mercator equatorial cylindrical projection that preserves angles which often just gets shortened to "cylindrical" even though there are other other cylindrical projections, such as the Lambert cylindrical equal-area projection and the equirectangular projection. With this projection a point source of light would project the sphere (in this case, the field of view) on to a cylinder wrapped around the sphere. With Lambert you project laterally out from the axis of the sphere into the cylinder. With the equirectangular lines of latitude are evenly spaced. So in terms of programming it is the "simplest" from which to do an interactive spherical panorama in which you are able to move around. But it sometimes gets referred to as a non-projection since it is simply cartesian representation of the polar coordinates. Using the Mercator equatorial, Two Union Square doesn't appear compressed at the top, unlike the skyscrapers in 5th and University, where the floors near the top get closer and closer together. Hugin seemed to have an easier time with this scene using the Mercator. To see the difference, please check out the equirectangular Freeway Park Around Union Square 2.

3201 x 1709, 124 x 100 degrees, 8 photos, taken 2011-09-14 at 15:32. Some of the skyscrapers here include the beveled Wells Fargo Center, Off-white the honey building combed with alternating columns of large and small windows called the Henry M. Jackson Federal Buidling, which is on its left, the step-like 1000 Second Ave behind the Wells Fargo Center, the light grey walled building with dark tinted windows to the right known as Fourth and Madison, the red rust Safeco Plaza, the stately 1201 Third Avenue formerly Washington Mutual Tower, and the box-like tall building with thin vertical stripes, Rainier Tower (to the right of the clear glass pyramid).

3857 x 2035 px, 84 x 59 degrees stereographic projection. 11 photos taken on 2011-09-14 at 15:34-5, from the 73rd floor observation deck. This is one of the better panoramas I was able to walk away with from the Columbia Center. Not too bad for hand held.

5531 x 2620 px, 134 x 81 degrees. 6 photos taken on 2011-09-04 at 15:36-7. There are two structures that figure most prominently in this panorama. The first is CenturyLink Field, formerly known as Qwest Field. It replaced the King Dome that was demolished years back. You can get an even better view of it in Soccer in Seattle at CenturyLink when it was filling up with people prior to a game. Behind it is Safeco Field. It figures prominently in Ascending Beacon and Safeco and Seattle Industrial District from Beacon Hill.

9402 x 1439, 360 x 56.9 degrees, 28.5 percent of sphere. This is a full circle (360 degree) panorama, cylindrical projection created using Hugin. It is composed of 16 photos taken on 2011-09-15 between 18:56-7 near the southern most tip of Seattle's Lake Union. From Elliot Bay you can enter the locks , Lake Union and then Lake Washington, so it can be thought of a a midway point between the two larger bodies of water. You can see the day cruise boats on the left, the Center for Wooden Boats Museum of the City of Seattle on the right. Left of center you might recognize a green hill belonging to Gas Works Park at the far north end of Lake Union. If you look closely you might also see the Space Needle peeking out somewhere. Lake Union includes sea planes, marinas, house boats and ship repair(1, 2). On the left hand side of the lake is Queen Anne Hill which includes Kerry Park, another great place for taking panoramas.

3201 x 1709 px, 142 x 80 degrees, stereographic projection. 8 photos taken from the observation deck of the Columbia Center on 2011-09-14 at 15:27. In some respects the observation deck of the Columbia Center is more limiting than that of the Smith Tower. With the Smith Tower there are safety bars, but you can carefully place your camera on the other side, its tether wrapped around your wrist or held tightly in your fingers. Then you can rotate the camera around a bar and tilt it. With the Columbia Center you are encased in glass. There are dividers between the windows. They seem too close together, maybe 15 feet apart, and they are squarish. You can see some of the darkening of the panorama along both the left and right edges due to their presence. Pull back and you narrow your field of view and are more likely to pick up reflections from behind. With the Smith Tower you can walk all the way around the perimeter. With the Columbia Center you are limited to three walls. And while the Smith Tower is open weekends the Columbia Center is open only weekdays, 08:30-16:30. If you live in town and have a regular job you will probably need to wait until you have some time off. Nevertheless, the Columbia Center, more than twice the height of the Smith Tower, which becomes just one of the more prominent objects rising out of the background yet far below. The Columbia Center offers you a spectacular view of the city and bay. I would strongly recommend visiting it for the view in addition to that afforded by the Smith Tower.

Shalom57, you have some gorgeous panoramas of Sydney and obviously a great more. I will enjoy exploring your work. Unfortunately not tonight, though. Even if I rush at this point I am not going to be getting the sleep I need. Be well.



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