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Performing Arts

(September 17-22, 2009)

Markus Matern

Dancing Kids

Jürgen Matern

Election Campaign for the German Parliament

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

September 18, 2009, 15:18 UTC (17:18 local time)

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We see a lot of performances these days in Germany. Even more than usual because of the upcoming election of the German Bundestag. For the shooting I went to a convention of the SPD (the Social Democratic Party). Their keynote speaker was Frank-Walter Steinmeier who is the current Vice-Chancellor of Germany. I took the pano when he was giving his speech. To be more precise he was not giving his speech he was performing his speech...

Making Of

The shooting was done with a 3.15 meter (appx. 10.33 ft) pole to reach a more elevated viewpoint above the spectators. The pole was extended to its full length. The lens was mounted with a custom-made bracket, which allows me to mount the lens to turn around the no-parallax point of the lens.

As the lens is a fisheye lens, four pictures easily cover 360°. To be sure I took three exposures at each direction. The exposures were 2 f-stops apart. The best exposed set was chosen before stitching.



Europe / Germany

Lat: 50° 6' 36.95" N
Long: 8° 40' 55.34" E

Elevation: 105

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

  • Camera: Sony Alpha 900
  • Lens: Sigma 10mm f/2.8 fisheye (lenshood shaved)
  • Software: Panotools, PTGui Pro, Smartblend, Photoshop CS3, Pano2VR
  • 4 pictures @ 90° / ISO 200

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