80 Gigapixel 360 degree panorama of London, England

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Bruce, Nov 20, 2010.

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    peter Guest

    For a few minutes I thought about borrowing a Gigapan Pro and entering
    the image in the SI. It would drive Bowser crazy
    peter, Nov 21, 2010
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    peter Guest

    At one point I seriously thought about feting one. It can be sued to
    make some great images. But I decided that the gee whiz effect really
    didn't satisfy me.
    In the SI you will see two examples of the direction I am taking.
    peter, Nov 21, 2010
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    I'm so pleased you enjoyed the image I linked to, and that you managed
    to resist the strong temptation to descend into pedantry about the
    pixel count.

    [Of course, had you done your research properly, you would find that
    their claim of a world record for a 360 degree panorama is justified.]
    Bruce, Nov 21, 2010
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    Of course. ;-)

    It isn't the greatest pano. The choice of viewpoint (the Centre Point
    office tower) is a disappointment because there are too few
    distinctive 'foreground' features to make the image interesting.
    However it is one of the few tall office blocks in London which offer
    an unrestricted 360 degree view.

    So this pano is more of a technical tour de force than an attractive
    image. The Rio pano is a much more interesting image.
    Bruce, Nov 21, 2010
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    That was completely uncalled for - you should apologise to Savageduck.
    Bruce, Nov 22, 2010
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    peter Guest

    Actually the correct term is "Seppuku."
    Hopefully the Duck, like most people, won't take you seriously.
    peter, Nov 23, 2010
  8. Very interesting.

    I haven't visited the area of my birth (within a few hundred metres of
    the photo site) for a few years, but Charing Cross Road appears to have
    suffered a nasty dislocation.

    Is it really blocked by the building site behind St Patrick's Soho Sq.?

    Michael J Davis, Nov 23, 2010
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    Bruce, Nov 23, 2010
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    No, that's Ludacris, a.k.a. Christopher Brian Bridges.

    As for Val Hallah, I think he runs a large hall in Asgard.
    Bruce, Nov 23, 2010
  11. Oh blast, I didn't really mean to cross post to the other groups with
    aggressive childish characters on!

    Michael J Davis, Nov 23, 2010
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    Thanks for posting that Bruce, I find it fascinating.
    What's puzzling me, is the way he's managed to capture so much of the
    foreground around CentrePoint without getting the building itself in
    shot. His FAQ says "36 floors up. standard tripod." Since the building
    looks to have a pretty flat roof, I can only see that working if he
    moved viewpoints around the edge, but surely that would lead to massive
    parallax and stitching problems?
    Willy Eckerslyke, Nov 24, 2010
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    I hadn't noticed that, but you're right. He must have taken shots
    from all edges of the roof.

    As for the parallax and stitching problems, there are a couple
    visible, but they aren't too serious. Perhaps the software used is
    able to resolve these issues to quite an extent?

    It's a magnificent effort, let down only by the choice of Centre Point
    which has pretty dull surroundings. Imagine a similar exercise shot
    from the roof of the former NatWest tower (now known more prosaically
    as "Tower 42") or from one of the towers at Canary Wharf. One of
    those would be far more interesting.

    Useless information: Centre Point and the NatWest Tower were both
    designed by the same architect, Richard Seifert.
    Bruce, Nov 24, 2010

  14. I think my earlier post re the 'kink' in Charing Cross Road is one of

    Michael J Davis

    "I never have taken a picture I've intended.
    They're always better or worse."
    Diane Arbus
    Michael J Davis, Nov 24, 2010
  15. I've just noticed that there's something odd happening to Foyles too
    (unless that's where you meant). So he does seem to have shifted
    position, which makes it all the more impressive how well it all goes
    together, even allowing for the forgiving nature of the subject -
    buildings hide errors a lot better than sea horizons do, for instance.
    Willy Eckerslyke, Nov 24, 2010
  16. Looks like, which makes it all the more impressive.
    It would be nice to see more of the river, but this view has some real
    gems - like the British (?) Museum.
    I'll bet at least one of them was engineered by Arup?

    Incidentally, have you spotted any twins in the image? I found a few,
    but no triplets...
    Willy Eckerslyke, Nov 24, 2010
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    Bruce Guest

    Indeed, the sophistication of the software is probably the most
    interesting aspect of the image. (no pun intended)

    The Museum's interior is a gem, but I'm not sure that the view from
    Centre Point is all that impressive.

    No, they were both engineered by Pell Frischmann. But I know what you
    mean about Arup, landmark projects a speciality!

    Centre Point was built by the contractor George Wimpey and the NatWest
    tower by John Mowlem.

    Useless information: Wimpey recently merged with Taylor Woodrow to
    form Taylor Wimpey whose sole interest is now in housebuilding. Mowlem
    was recently taken over by Carillion, formerly Tarmac Construction.

    Now you mention it ... yes. No triplets yet. ;-)
    Bruce, Nov 24, 2010
  18. It was actually the view of the people by the entrance that I found so
    erm entrancing. And I've just realised why - it looks like a picture
    from "Where's Wally" with just so much going on. You just need to find
    the character in the red and white striped top, and guess what - there
    is one!
    Willy Eckerslyke, Nov 25, 2010
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