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Once Upon A Time

(Older than April 2018)

Andrew Varlamov

The Jordan Staircase

Michel Thoby


Baziège, France

August, 8th, 1999

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The first "full spherical” (i.e. 360x 180°) panorama intended to be rendered in fairly ”high resolution” that I have ever photographed.

Made from 38 images (2 mega pixels each) including Nadir and Zenith dedicated shots, it was completely forgotten for seventeen years and was finally processed at the end of 2016 after a fortuitous (re)discovery.

Europe / France

Lat: 43° 27' 17" N
Long: 1° 36' 37" E

Elevation: 160m

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

Home-made pano-head (most probably a plexiglass bracket + transparent plastic angular protractor) mounted on a 190B Manfrotto tripod with a three way pan tilt head.

Nikon CoolPix E950 compact digital camera; Zoom lens set at 7.2mm (i.e. widest angle).

Camera settings: f/7.4, 1/133sec. and "AE-LOCK" mode (Mode specifically designed by Nikon where Autoexposure and Auto White Balance are locked... to shoot panorama images)

Three rows of 12 images, Tilt +30°, 0°, -30°+ one Nadir and one Zenith shots

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