The Bauma in Munich is the largest fair in the world with an area of 555.000 m². It takes place every third year and has a large open air ground. The official tower of the Munich fair can be seen in the panorama on the left with the blue sign near the top. It is 86m high. Many of the cranes are even taller! The original panorama was stitched from 15×3 portrait images that gives a final resolution of 14768×6000 pixels. The Konica Minolta Dynax 7D has a resolution of only 6 Megapixel.
As the shooting location is the middle of a heavy used bridge I couldn’t use a tripod. Instead I used a virtual tripod, which is also called a Philopod. I just started shooting, and when the passenger volume over the bridge grew too large I could easily step aside.
With a fisheye attached to my camera, four pictures (each with the camera pointing to a different cardinal direction) cover the full sphere. But as I wanted to show some passengers I took 22 shots and afterwards I selected the four shots, with the most passengers captured.
As the roof of the station contains lots of details I took two additional pictures for the zenith. One of the pictures was used in the final panorama. Due to the use of a Philopod as “tripod” it’s footprint was not visible and therefore the nadir was retouched manually.
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).
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.
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.