Panorama - with people in them


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Hi,

Recently someone posted a link to a website where you can find lots of interesting 360 degrees panos. One wsa taken like during the fireworks at the Sydney Harbour bridge with tons of people in them.

How do you create a pano like that? How can you stitch the images together unless you have several cameras taking the picture but covering different angles at the same time.

You can tell 1 or 2 person not to move, but with that many people, I suppose it has to do with some computer wizardry?

thanks
Matt
 

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st11x said:
Hi,

Recently someone posted a link to a website where you can find lots of interesting 360 degrees panos. One wsa taken like during the fireworks at the Sydney Harbour bridge with tons of people in them.

How do you create a pano like that? How can you stitch the images together unless you have several cameras taking the picture but covering different angles at the same time.

You can tell 1 or 2 person not to move, but with that many people, I suppose it has to do with some computer wizardry?

thanks
Matt
overlap them... or use a fisheye, straighten then crop the centre.
 

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You need a camera with full frame mounted with Sigma 8mm lens. 2 to 3 shots can create 360 pano shots. Of course you need to use pano head and tripod.
 

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megaweb said:
You need a camera with full frame mounted with Sigma 8mm lens. 2 to 3 shots can create 360 pano shots. Of course you need to use pano head and tripod.
Hmm ... even if you had that set up, you'll still need 2 to 3 shots. You'll probably need the same number of bodies to take the shots simultaneously, wouldn't you?
 

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Well u can try to use panotools and enblend to help u make pano pictures. This was done with a D70 although people were moving they were confined to one corner so i just picked the best image for it.

 

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st11x said:
Not exactly. I have found the link. See here:

http://www.panoramas.dk/new-year-2006/sydney-new-year.html

The people in the picture are not in a trail of blur.
wow... your type of picture, i think need specialised tools.... like those shoot up mirror thingy..

but i wonder how come he is not in the picture... and its a 360 x 360 view.... its like standing in the middle of it.
 

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but i wonder how come he is not in the picture... and its a 360 x 360 view.... its like standing in the middle of it.
yeah, interesting isn't it? I tried to email him but his email bounced; possibly changed ISP. On the same website there's one shot at the Taipei 101 (I think), but it's not as good.
 

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st11x said:
Not exactly. I have found the link. See here:

http://www.panoramas.dk/new-year-2006/sydney-new-year.html

The people in the picture are not in a trail of blur.
The technique is similar. The reason some of the people in my image are blurred is because I used a slow shutter speed of 1 second. Despite that, I still need to clean up the image to get rib of chopped limbs, etc.

Basically, use a program like Panotools, export the stitched panorama as a layered PSD file and then manually blend the images using Photoshop. Do note that very few stitching programs are able to export layered files.

With the Sydney New Year shot, I'm sure he used a fisheye lens to reduce the number of blends he needed to make. He would need to fit the whole fireworks scene in one image and then blend them with images of the spectators. A dedicated panorama head is crucial. It is not technically difficult to do as the spectators are all stationary watching the fireworks. Try blending an image of people at a busy location like one of Tokyo's shopping districts and you'll tear your hair out. If you are not careful, some people may appear more than once as they move about.
 

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sljm said:
Well u can try to use panotools and enblend to help u make pano pictures. This was done with a D70 although people were moving they were confined to one corner so i just picked the best image for it.

Since you are using Panotools, try setting vertical control points on the buildings. The horizon will automatically level out.
 

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It’s normal I saw this 9 years ago when they want to advert the Interior of the car or a house.
They have software cannot remember the name you have to buy to combine all the photos you took into that panoramic view.One of them use a good video cam to record all and go back to do it with the soft.
It’s long ago so it must be more mature nowadays
 

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st11x said:
Not exactly. I have found the link. See here:

http://www.panoramas.dk/new-year-2006/sydney-new-year.html

The people in the picture are not in a trail of blur.
The technique used to shoot this is QTVR (Quicktime Virtual Reality). A series of frames shot on a rotating head are stitched together with special software to attain the effect. Jook Leung is another well known photographer employing this technique.
 

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