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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 panoramas and one near sphere -- the last of which was stitched together from 130 individual photos. Email (remove all spaces and replace "at" with the appropriate symbol): timothy chase at gmail .com

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That is one of my favorites -- and one of my early, early ones. I probably should have reduced the size of the photo I uploaded. At full magnification it is pretty blurry. But I like the reflections of the boats and skyscrapers.

Glad you like it. I didn't use Photoshop, though. It is AutoStitch for the panorama then Gimp for the cleanup. Anyway, I will check out the group the next day or so. At this point I am really dragging. Was working on two new panoramas, though. Kept on trying to get them to work with Hugin. No dice. Salvage would take more patience than I have. Then at 71% AutoStitch choked. Finally got one to work at 50%. Some cleanup. I will probably put it up later, though. Look it over again when I am not falling asleep.

13779 x 1436. 20 photos taken 2011-0-9-10 between 9:57-10:09. Climbing the bridge along S Holgate St and Beacon Ave S. This panorama is a bit tilted, but to fix it without cutting off the top of the Columbia Center would have meant cropping much of the panorama and I like the wide view. Here you see the port of Seattle cranes, Olympic Mountains, Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field, downtown Seattle and Harborview Hospital. The hospital is up high and includes a park in back that has a closeup view of the city. A great place for taking pictures

I had learned that trick a while back, I believe on my own. But then I stopped taking panoramas for about a year. Had to rediscover it. "Gee, this had worked before..." But yes, if you want to do something with tall, vertical structures the camera should go on its side. 360s should likely be with normal orientation. Hemisphere panoramas should be treated as vertical, but with no zoom. You wouldn't be able to fit zoom in anyway. And then if you are talking about a panorama of a tall object, a single skyscraper that is nearby, you probably want to rotate the photos prior to stitching so that instead of passing through many degrees of latitude the skyscraper will pass through many degrees of longitude. This reduces the distortion of most common projections. Afterwards you turn the stitched panorama right side up.

Glad you like it. It was taken on a Sunday, so there weren't that many people on Harbor Island at the time. Bicyclists. A few truckers. Someone visiting a small park. I remember seeing a train. Some are operated remotely there, but I think this had someone in it. I also ran into a security guard at one point, and I saw some people up on the Sea-Based X-band radar. Upper right-hand corner of the structure. But yes, it was pretty quiet that day.

I really like this view of the city. A real feeling of being there, "down in it" goes that early NIN song. You have an excellent perspective on the skyscrapers, but rather than trying to avoid the people, cars or buses, they take a prominent place in your city because they play a prominent role in the city. The reflection of the clouds in the Columbia Center is a really nice touch, too.

I was thinking more about selling it to the Seattle Metro. Imagine the caption... "Seattle Metro: it will get you to where you want to go on time." There is the bus, the Century Link field and even the King Station clock tower, each of the three standing in visually for elements of the idea being conveyed. Then again, the plumber might have a bigger budget for this sort of thing.

Thank you! I like having the mountains with snow on them and orange sky behind it. But in some photos I am actually able to pick up the houses and their trim on Bainbridge Island, other side of Elliot Bay. Captures fog well, too.

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Moira says that is how the water actually looked to her. The panorama was nearly a half circle and the water Elliot Bay. Still, it didn't look quite that curved to me. And with a near half circle (180 degrees) horizontally and perhaps 45 degrees vertically you are definitely going to be seeing some curvature on account of two axis of rotation.

5370 x 2140. 13 photos taken from 11:06 - 11:09 AM on 26 June 2011. Photos were stitched together using AutoStitch. The Pioneer Building appears in the panorama West of Smith Tower at the bottom, just right of center. That panorama was done on the observation deck located on the 35th floor of the Smith Tower. In the bottom center of that panorama you can also see a white triangle, the tip of rooftop parking. This is where the current panorama was taken as well as Smith Tower, a vertical panorama.

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