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by IRM on 02/08/09 01:11 AM

Here's another 360 degree panorama at Caracol Mayan ruins. This is the terrace you get to on the way to the top. Click here to see the full 360 degree VR panorama.
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#322976 - 02/08/09 02:30 AM Re: Caracol [Re: IRM]  
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Irm - what camera do you use for these, what lens/focal length (35mm equivalent), and do you use a tripod or is it all hand-held? They're all most impressive.

#323018 - 02/08/09 12:30 PM Re: Caracol [Re: Peter Jones]  
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Peter - I shoot a Nikon D300. The BZ panos were shot with a 18-200mm lens (27-300). At the time I did not have my 10.5mm fisheye (15.75) yet, which is what I use now for all my panos (6 shots as opposed to 34). I use a Nodal Ninja pano head, PTgui and pano2vr software with a Manfrotto ball head tripod.

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#323038 - 02/08/09 05:19 PM Re: Caracol [Re: IRM]  
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Nice. How do you find the D300? It came out not long after I bought my 5D, though I'm now hooked on FF and would have to go for the D700 if I were to jump ship.

How precisely do you have to make each shot? Or do you shoot relatively approximately and do all the real work on a computer?

I noticed quite a lot of vertical curvature when a vertical line wasn't in the middle of the picture. Is that normal and inevitable?

#323170 - 02/09/09 06:49 PM Re: Caracol [Re: Peter Jones]  
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I like D300 a lot. The pano head has click stops for precise shooting (20%-30% overlap). At 18mm there are 10 clicks round then for up /down there are degree markings (18mm = 10 shots round x 3 rows 2 up, 2 down 34 shots total). For my 10.5 it's 5 round plus 1 up. There are different detent rings or settings for different lenses. The curvature in the still is probably the software rendering 360 x 180 degrees into a normal perspective. It can be corrected, but you would have to discard portions of the image. Most of the time I spend goes into the VR so the still is pretty much un-tweaked. It is possible to shoot hand held as long as there aren't any object right in the foreground. Ideally for hand held you'd want a circular fisheye and do three shots total. That's where the FF comes in handy.


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