The Colorado Department of Wildlife captures a mother bear and her three cubs in Glenwood Park. The bears will be relocated to an area away from human populations.
This was one of those rare warm days during the winter, so I pumped the missing air back into the tyres of my Mountain Quad, loaded my B·O·B trailer with camera bag and tripod, and headed south on the paved over Denver & Rio Grande rail bed.
At the Rosebud Cemetery, I thought the sun and clouds were interesting, so I stopped and set up my tripod, pano rig, and camera. A city worker in the cemetery was quite interested in my cycle and camera equipment, and so after chatting with him about his former job as race car photographer, the clouds had changed quite a bit, but I took the picture anyway.
This was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40 f/4L @ 24mm, mounted on a GigaPan EPIC Pro motorized panorama head. The image is composed of 72 separate shots, 6 columns by 4 rows by 3 exposures. It was stitched with Hugin / Enblend/Enfuse. The nadir is fake. Since the asphalt pavement looks pretty much the same everywhere, I just cropped a section of pavement from another shot, and let Enblend stitch it with its clever seam hiding algorithm. Even when you know it’s there, it is still almost impossible to see.
I have added a Google map to the panorama viewer. It has a wedge that shows the current angle and view on the map. You can change the viewer’s bearing by dragging the wedge in the map. To turn the map off/on, you can click the map button at the bottom of the viewer window.
I have decided not to embed the panorama viewer for performance reasons (and also the annoying Flash mouse problems), but rather to link to a separate page for each panorama.
To view this, you need a pair of red/cyan 3-D glasses.
This panorama was made from 60 images taken with a single 14mm lens and camera. Unlike with normal panoramas, the lens is pushed forward of the axis of rotation. This creates parallax, which allows a stereo pair to be created. The large number of images allows for good quality image stitching, despite parallax errors. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this worked, although it did require about 1,000 manually placed control points, which is a rather time consuming task.
Here, try these in the Viewer:
- Look straight up or straight down, and zoom all the way out.
- Select “architectural view” in the right-click context menu.
- Turn “show faces” on in the options menu (upper right button).
This panorama was made from 63 separate photographs taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon EF 17-40 F/4L USM lens. It was stitched using the open source program Hugin, under Ubuntu Linux.
The panorama viewer has a lot of option. Use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out, press the full-screen icon for a larger view, right-click for a context menu with different views (projections), or press the options button in the upper-right corner to change a number of different options.
Can you identify the object in this photograph?
Click here for Mystery Photo #1 Answer.
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