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Mountaintop 360 panoramas

Postby tie » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:52 pm

What's the best way to put someone there, on top of a mountain?

A single photo doesn't convey the vista's grandeur. A panorama can show the skyline, but loses the three-dimensionality and the elevation---you can't look down!

Spherical panoramas go all the way around as well as down and up. By hanging a weighted string, so the camera lens doesn't move, these can be shot without a tripod. Here's an example from Mt Whitney:

Mt Whitney
The "little planet" projection is just a teaser; for an interactive view so you can read the sign, click here (desktop or mobile): https://kuula.co/post/7lvgr
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There is a lot of ground, and little sense of height. It's hard to take these near a cliff edge since you have to walk around the camera.

This summer, I've started experimenting with spherical panoramas taken from higher up. I feel like you get a real feel for the elevation---and in all directions, not just down one cliff. Click on the interactive view, and look down!

Banner Peak
Interactive view (recommended): https://kuula.co/post/7lvcR
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Volcanic Ridge
Interactive view (with labeled Minarets): https://kuula.co/post/7lqfr
Interactive view (no labels): https://kuula.co/post/7lkTv
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Matterhorn Peak
Interactive view (labeled): https://kuula.co/post/7lkHb
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Mt Julius Caesar
Interactive view: https://kuula.co/post/7lkMW
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Four Gables
Interactive view (labeled): https://kuula.co/post/7lkS0
Interactive view (unlabeled): https://kuula.co/post/7lkS0
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I've just started making them, so the skies aren't very good, sorry. I'll work on it. Other problems: If there's much wind, I can't take the shots. They also aren't allowed in SEKI or Yosemite. There are still lots of mountains!



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Re: Mountaintop 360 panoramas

Postby The Other Tom » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:04 pm

Wow! Very nice.
Any reason they aren't allowed in SEKI or Yosemite ? Are you using a drone ?
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Re: Mountaintop 360 panoramas

Postby tie » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:29 pm

That's right, it fits in my running pack. Thanks!
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