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(March 15-23, 2014)

Orlando Palencia

Nine Cameras + One Selfie = A Decade

Jürgen Matern

A Decade Leaves Traces in the Face of a City

Opernplatz, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

March 23, 2014, 09:38 UTC (10:38 local time)

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In the time frame of a decade even a city can change it's appearance. So I searched for panoramic images which I shot in 2004 and which were shot at a place which changed over the last ten years. The best example was a image of the Opernplatz (the square of the opera) which I took back in 2004 as a cylindrical panorama.

So I went back and stood at the same spot where I stood a decade ago. First I took a spherical panorama with my double monopod construction. Afterwards I did a remake of the original cylindrical panorama.

A comparison of the two cylindrical panoramas is show on panotwins.de.

Making Of

The shooting was done with a 3.15 meter (appx. 10.33 ft) pole to reach a more elevated viewpoint over the square. The lens was mounted with a custom-made bracket. It enables me to turn around the no-parallax point of the lens.

As the lens is a fisheye lens, four pictures easily cover 360°. I took an additional image for the nadir. The zenith was retouched by hand in Photoshop.

Europe / Germany

Lat: 50° 6' 54.55" N
Long: 8° 40' 18.32" E

Elevation: 107

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

  • Camera: Sony ILCE-7 (A7)
  • Lens: Samyang 8mm/2.8 UMC fisheye
  • Mounting: Custom-made lens bracket mounted on top of a monopod
  • Software: PTGui Pro, Smartblend, Photoshop CC, Pano2VR
  • 4 pictures @ 90° / an additional image for the nadir, ISO 100

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