Little Planet panorama of the room Misty Rock at the Madonna Inn — by Joe Reifer
A little planet panorama shows the interior of the room called Misty Rock, which is room 191 at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California. A 360º interactive version of the image is below. The room has a secluded, cave type feel and includes a rock shower with a waterfall.
The image is composed of a bracketed series of 3 exposures at each of 7 camera positions. The photos were stitched in PTGui Pro, and Exposure Fusion was used to blend the images. The interactive version of the pano was created using Pano2VR. The final resolution is 14,000 x 7,000 pixels (98 megapixels). Click on the image below to explore the 360 degree pano.
Virginia City Cemetery Sunset 360 Panorama — by Joe Reifer
The historic Virginia City cemetery is located on a hill just on the north side of town, and features graves dating back to the 1860′s. A wide variety of religious and fraternal organizations have separate burial plots in this area.
This sunset photo was an experiment in HDR 360º panoramas while waiting for the moon to rise. Using a 10mm fisheye on a Canon 60D requires 6-shots around plus a zenith (up shot). Three images were taken at each setting, 2 stops apart. I was able to shoot the 18 images in just over 2 minutes. By the time I was ready to make the zenith for the 360, the color had disappeared from the sky and the clouds had moved quite a bit. For bracketed panoramas with fast moving clouds and fading light, a 4-shot around panorama with a 12mm fisheye on a full frame camera would be a better option because a zenith shot is not necessary.
I’ve been favoring 6 around + a zenith and nadir because the resolution is higher. Using the 60D, the final resolution is about 15,000×7,500 pixels. A 4-shot panorama on the 5D Mark II is 10,000×5,000. Sometimes the resolution tradeoff is worth it to get the shot. Unfortunately the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye is best at the 10-12mm end on a crop sensor camera. I may need to consider the Canon 8-15mm fisheye for the best quality 360′s on full frame. But enough about 360 pano techniques — why not stand in the cemetery and enjoy the view in the interactive version.
Arizona Aviation History Museum 360 Panorama -- by Joe Reifer
The Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame is located inside the Space Gallery at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson. This quiet corner of the museum has an extensive collection of displays featuring old photos, memorabilia, and beautifully painted portraits.
Immerse yourself by going full screen with the interactive version