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EquipmentNikon D70s camera with Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye lens
Homemade panhead, Manfrotto tripod
6 shots around, 1 up, 3 down
PTGui, PhotoShop CS2, Pano2QTVR
Behind the scene : how this panorama was madeEveryday, at about the same time (just after 6PM) I shot a series of photographs to create a panorama. I shot these from the exact same location on the backyard deck. I placed three screws in the boards to mark the locations of the tripod legs. On April 9th, I took the first panorama of the series. I will continue to shoot and add to the series until snow falls in October.
In the current 3 months I have missed only about 4 days. This usually was because of way too much rain at the time. I shot many days with light rain. I just put a piece of plastic over the camera to protect it and took the zenith (up shot) last, to minimize the amount of water on the lens. In 2003, I created a few panoramas to show off different stages of construction and improvements I was making to our back yard. In 2004, I decided it would make a neat series shot from the same location. I tried to shoot a pan every Saturday. The scene changed too much from one week to the next. I knew I would have to take many more images to make it smooth transition through the season. I never did publish them on my web site and my hard disk crashed and I lost most of the panoramas I shot that year. There are a few from 2003 still on my web site. I was doing lots of construction that year and the back yard went through some major changes. This year I only have some minor improvements I want to make. The garden itself has matured quite nicely. So instead of showing construction and improvements it now shows the garden itself as it grows through the season. If for nothing else, I will be able to use this to see where I need to fill in some color holes (places and times where I don't have flowers blooming).