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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Erik Krause


Erik Krause

On Hohloh Tower

Northern Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

October 16, 2011, 12:30 local time

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Coming from the north the Black Forest rises gradually until it reaches almost 1,000m on the Hohloh, a vast hilltop with some unique moors (Hohlohmoor and Wildseemoor).

The tower was built in 1897 and increased in 1968 because the trees grew too high. These high trees where blown over by some storms in the 1990s, making the tower one of the most prominent lookouts in the northern Black Forest. On clear days one can see the Vosges mountains behind the Rhine Valley in the west, the Swabian Jura in the east and sometimes even the Alps in the south.

This wasn't possible on this bright October day but, nonetheless, it was a magnificent view.

More info is on the German Wikipedia page.

Europe / Germany

Lat: 48° 42' 35.41" N
Long: 8° 24' 56.48" E

Elevation: 1012m

→ maps.google.com [EXT]

Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Canon EOS 5D II, Zenitar 16mm fisheye, handheld, PTGui Pro, smartblend, Photoshop
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
This is one more of the "from the tower without the tower" panoramas, much the same like my WWP Elevation and WWP Atmosphere contributions.

But in this case I couldn't remove the tower completely due to the strong shadow. Google earth has the tower as a 3D model, but I decided not to use it since it looks pretty artificial. Otherwise it would have been a "flying over..." panorama. I hope you excuse the mirror ball I used instead :-)

How is this done? It was relatively easy in this case, since the platform is high above the ground, the trees are relatively low and I took 12*3 bracketed images all around (plus some sky and sun images) - all handheld of course.

When stitching I decided to use the middle exposure only since people where moving and there was no benefit from the extra shots. PTGui aligned the images almost perfectly using viewpoint correction and smartblend avoided almost all ghosts. The only errors I had to correct manually where in the car and the roof.

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