Barnafoss Bridge Downstream (Making Of)

Recently I got a question about this panorama I published on Maps Views:

  • Hi Markus, nice shot, but what happen with the focus, the right of the river is blurred?

Here I try to explain the problem. In short: I’ve just been too lazy to make an “up” shot (zenith). It is completely missing. The stitching result has not been retouched at all.

When making a horizontal pole shot the “zenith” and “nadir” end up near the equator of the photo sphere. You can see this clearly in the image below, where the red image borders cross. “Zenith” and “nadir” in this case means the direction where the pole is pointing!

Making Of Barnafoss Horizontal Pole Shot (1)
Making Of Barnafoss Horizontal Pole Shot (1)

When removing all images but one, this looks like the image below. You can clearly see, that the worst part of the fish eye lens ends up in an area of interest. In this case the right side of the river bank.

Making Of Barnafoss Horizontal Pole Shot (2)
Making Of Barnafoss Horizontal Pole Shot (2)

This image shows the original fish eye shot. You see the bad part of the lens ending up on the right hand side of the river bank.

Making Of Barnafoss Horizontal Pole Shot (3)
Making Of Barnafoss Horizontal Pole Shot (3)

The solution to this problem is easy: You just need to take an “up” shot. However in this case “up” is again in the direction of the pole! Unfortunately for minimizing the parallax problems I would have needed a different mounting option for my camera.

Long time exposure at Svartifoss (Iceland)

This image is a panoramic image in rectilinear projection. It’s stitched from 3 images in landscape orientation. Each of the images was taken with a neutral density filter (10 f-stops) to get an exposure time of 15 seconds.

Long time exposure (15 sec)  of Svartifiss (Iceland).
Long time exposure (15 sec) of Svartifiss (Iceland).

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: SLT-A99
Exposure Time (sec): 15
F-Number: 7.1
Focal Length (mm): 45
Lens: Minolta 28-70mm/2.8
ISO: 100

Panoramic images awarded

This year I entered some images for the Epson International Pano Awards. In the fourth year of the competition I was awarded with two silver awards. All the other images were awarded with a bronze award.

The first silver award was assigned for the following reprojection of this spherical panorama. It reached the 40th place in the category ‘The Built Environment – Open Award‘.

Reprojection of Munich subway station Messestadt West
Reprojection of Munich subway station Messestadt West

The second silver award was assigned to the following image. It reached the 11th place in the category ‘Nature – Amateur Award‘.

Goðafoss at day (8 sec.)
Goðafoss at day (8 sec.)

Reprojected Akureyrarkirkja – Inside

This image shows a stereographic reprojection of this panorama.

Akureyrarkirkja – Inside (Reprojection)
Akureyrarkirkja – Inside (Reprojection)

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: NEX-6
Exposure Time (sec): 1/25
F-Number: 7.1
Focal Length (mm): 7.5
Lens: Walimex 7.5mm/F3.5
ISO: 800

Reprojected Akureyrarkirkja – Outside

This image shows a stereographic reprojection of this panorama.

Akureyrarkirkja – Outside (Reprojection)
Akureyrarkirkja – Outside (Reprojection)

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: NEX-6
Exposure Time (sec): 1/320
F-Number: 7.1
Focal Length (mm): 7.5
Lens: Walimex 7.5mm/F3.5
ISO: 100

Like being on the Moon

When you drive north of the volcano Hekla towards the area of Landmannalaugar you almost feel like being on the Moon. However I’m not completely sure, because I’ve not yet been to the Moon 😉

Like being on the Moon
Like being on the Moon

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: DSC-RX 100
Exposure Time (sec): 1/320
F-Number: 4
Focal Length (mm): 28
Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar (RX100)
ISO: 125

View over Eystri-Rangá

During the day the weather was mostly cloudy and rainy, however in the evening the sun came out and shone over the river Eystri-Rangá.

View over Eystri-Rangá
View over Eystri-Rangá

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: DSC-RX 100
Exposure Time (sec): 1/1250
F-Number: 4.5
Focal Length (mm): 28
Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar (RX100)
ISO: 125