Wuppertal Suspension Railway

This image is from the May page of my 2019 calender. It shows the Wuppertal Suspension Railway, a famous german landmark.

Wuppertal Suspension Railway
Wuppertal Suspension Railway

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: ILCE-6300
Exposure Time (sec): 1/500
F-Number: 7.1
ISO: 5000
Focal Length (mm): 22
Lens: Sony PZ 16-50mm

View from the tower of Burg Eppstein

This spherical panorama shows the view from the tower of Burg Eppstein.

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: ILCE-QX1
Exposure Time (sec): 1/800
F-Number: 7.1
Focal Length (mm): 7.5
ISO: 100
Lens: Walimex 7.5mm/3.5

Technique:
The shooting was done from top of a tower to reach a more elevated viewpoint. Stitched from 13 images taken with a Walimex (Samyang) 7.5mm fish eye lens on a Sony ILCE-QX1.

View from the SkyPod of CN Tower

With a height of 553.33 m (1,815.4 ft) the CN Tower is currently (June 2016) the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. The upper observation deck is located in the so called SkyPod, which is 447 m (1,467 ft) above ground. With an elevation of 447 m (1,467 ft) above ground this sphere is currently one of a kind in my portfolio, as I have never done a tower shot this high. It’s also unique in two other aspects. To date it’s the sphere with the highest resolution (32 k x 16 k pixel) and with the longest retouching time (about 20 hours to get everything perfect).

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: ILCE-6300
Exposure Time (sec): 1/640
F-Number: 7.1
Focal Length (mm): 16
ISO: 100
Lens: Sony PZ 16-50mm

Technique:
The final panorama consists of two hemispheres. The lower hemisphere, which was taken from the aforementioned SkyPod and the upper half which was taken from another spherical, which I took some years ago. These two hemispheres were blended together with Pano2VR and Photoshop. The 36 images for the lower hemisphere were taken in two rows.

Court House Courtyard

This panorama has been shot handheld with the innovative Sony ILCE-QX1 ‘camera’. I took one image in each cardinal direction and an extra shot for zenith and nadir. I held the camera obove my head to reach a higher view point and released using my smart phone. For a more detailed description of the setup see this post from PanoTwin Jürgen.

The maximum equirectangular panorama size of this setup is about 10000×5000 pixel according to PTGui. However the one you see below has been downsized to 6000×3000 pixel before publishing it on Google Views.

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: ILCE-QX1
Exposure Time (sec): 1/160
F-Number: 9.5
Focal Length (mm): 7.5

View from Goetheturm

The tower is a 43-metre high construction which was built entirely out of wood. It was renovated from 2010 – 2014 and was reopened April 11, 2014 for the public.

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: ILCE-7
Exposure Time (sec): 1/1250
F-Number: 8
Focal Length (mm): 8
ISO: 100
Lens: Walimex 8mm/2.8

Technique
Stitched from eight images taken with a Walimex (Samyang) 8mm fish eye lens on a Sony A7. Handheld from the viewing plattform of the tower. I took an image approx. every 45°. I had to do some serious retouching in the sky and I had to create the roof of the tower as I was standing underneath and not above…