On Hohloh Tower
Northern Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
October 16, 2011, 12:30 local time
© 2012 Erik Krause, All Rights Reserved.
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.