Comparing images from Opernplatz, Frankfurt am Main (2004 and 2014)

The upcoming World Wide Panorama (WWP) event is entitled ‘decade’.

In the time frame of a decade even a city can change it’s appearance. So I searched for panoramic images which I shot in 2004 and which were shot at a place which changed over the last ten years. The best example was a image of the Opernplatz, which I took back in 2004 as a cylindrical panorama. And the view of the Opernplatz (which translates to ‘the square of the opera’) indeed changed a lot in the last ten years.

So I went back and stood at the same spot where I stood a decade ago. First I took a spherical panorama with my double monopod construction. Afterwards I did a remake of the original cylindrical panorama. The following image shows the two cylindrical panoramas in a single composite.

Opernplatz (Frankfurt am Main) 2004 and 2014
Opernplatz (Frankfurt am Main) 2004 and 2014
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The original panorama from 2004 is also available on the blog.

Opernplatz (Frankfurt am Main) in the summer of 2004

At the time of shooting (August 07, 2004) this was my largest and most complex panorama. For this panorama I used 90 images in three rows in portrait orientation. Despite the 5 megapixel of the camera the final image has 32493 x 6171 pixels (that’s ~200 megapixel). It was really tricky to stitch, as the computer was reaching it’s limits in more than one aspect (main memory and hard disk).

Opernplatz in the summer of 2004
Opernplatz in the summer of 2004

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Camera Maker: CONTAX
Camera Model: Tvs Digital
Exposure Time (sec): 1/350
F-Number: 4.8
Focal Length (mm): 21.9
Lens: Contax Tvs Digital
ISO: 80

Panorama at Aratiatia Rapids

Despite the resolution of only 5 megapixels of one of the original images the stitched image has 55 megapixel due to its high number of source images. For this panorama I used 22 images in landscape orientation.

The Aratiatia Rapids are flooded every two hours from the dammed section of the Waikato river.

Aratiatia Rapids
Aratiatia Rapids

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Camera Model: Tvs Digital
Exposure Time (sec): 1/250
F-Number: 6.7
Focal Length (mm): 105
Lens: Contax Tvs Digital
ISO: 80

Tawhai Falls in Tongariro National Park

This panorama was stitched from three images in landscape orientation. Each of the original images has 5 megapixel. The resolution of the final image is 5120 pixel by 2880 pixel.

Tawhai Falls in Tongariro National Park
Tawhai Falls in Tongariro National Park

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Camera Model: Tvs Digital
Exposure Time (sec): 1/90
F-Number: 6.7
Focal Length (mm): 85
Lens: Contax Tvs Digital
ISO: 80

Wellington as seen from Mt. Victoria

This panorama in cylindrical projection shows the city of Wellington in New Zealand. I used 8 pictures with 5 MP. The resulting image is 10000 pixel by 2500 pixel in size.

Wellington as seen from Mt. Victoria
Wellington as seen from Mt. Victoria

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Camera Model: Tvs Digital
Exposure Time (sec): 1/400
F-Number: 4.7
Focal Length (mm): 70
Lens: Contax Tvs Digital
ISO: 100

Standing at the Franz-Josef-Glacier in New Zealand (2004)

This image was stitched from eleven images in mixed orientation (landscape and portrait). The final image is 7033 x 3303 pixels

Franz-Josef-Glacier
Franz-Josef-Glacier

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Camera Maker: CONTAX
Camera Model: Tvs Digital
Exposure Time (sec): 1/180
F-Number: 4.9
Focal Length (mm): 21.9
Lens: Contax Tvs Digital
ISO: 100

The Remarkables as seen from Deer Park Heights

This panorama in cylindrical projection shows the mountain ridge ‘The Remarkables’ near Queenstown in New Zealand. I used 16 pictures with 5 MP. The resulting image is 13486 pixel by 3089 pixel in size.

The Remarkables as seen from Deer Park Heights
The Remarkables as seen from Deer Park Heights

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Camera Model: Tvs Digital
Exposure Time (sec): 1/500
F-Number: 4.7
Focal Length (mm): 35
Lens: Contax Tvs Digital
ISO: 100

Panorama inside Dubai International Airport

This is one of my first more complex panoramic images. For this panorama I used 10 images in two rows in landscape orientation. As the source images were taken without a tripod I didn’t manage to take the images from the no parallax point and hat to do some serious retouching in post. The final image is 8000 pixels by 4000 pixels.

Dubai International Airport
Dubai International Airport

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Camera Maker: CONTAX
Camera Model: Tvs Digital
Exposure Time (sec): 1/100
F-Number: 2.8
Focal Length (mm): 35
Lens: Contax Tvs Digital
ISO: 400