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4000-pixel Aerial Stitched Pano Of Manhattan  
User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6835 posts, RR: 6
Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3835 times:

Wonder how long the helicopter has to hover to get this-- says he took it on 13 Sept. Doesn't say how many pics it took, or what camera/lens.

http://www.rafaelstudio.com/images/NYC_enl.jpg

(don't forget to enlarge it to full size)

[Edited 2007-09-30 01:58:37]

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User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3761 times:

Wow.... Someone has some expensive equipment.  Wow!

I wouldn't mind hanging that in my living room If I could get it without his name in the middle.  Smile

Cheers
Carson



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User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3675 times:

Looks like it was gyro-stabilised and at least a 6 image stitch... very nice work.


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User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5695 posts, RR: 44
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3625 times:
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Quoting WestJetYQQ (Reply 1):
I wouldn't mind hanging that in my living room If I could get it without his name in the middle

You can... just go to the website, click add to cart and enter credit details, really easy you send money he will send picture.
That's how commerce works!!



If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6835 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 2):
Looks like it was gyro-stabilised

How would a gyro help?


User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2292 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3512 times:

Quoting Timz (Reply 4):
How would a gyro help?

Not sure the phsyics of the whole she-bang, but when we went from a non-gryo stabilized camera to a gyro stabilized WESCAM, it made a world of difference. (then at the same time the other news chopper got a laser something or other that blew us out of the water)

ATCT



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User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 3):
You can... just go to the website, click add to cart and enter credit details, really easy you send money he will send picture.
That's how commerce works!!

Only $30 too...


User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3504 times:

A gyro mainly helps to prevent from camera shake on a tripod or other issues that could come up in a helicopter.

Certainly some very impressive stiches this guy did! Thanks for sharing!

Btw.... as all his shots (not the model ones of course) are HDR images, they involve a whole lot more than just the images one actually sees.

Here's an impressive vid of the stiching for the NY panorama!

http://www.rafaelstudio.com/nyc_anim.htm

[Edited 2007-10-01 22:56:55]


Jet Visuals
User currently offlineDavestanKSAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1678 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3487 times:

Very cool. Glad he did La Jolla too, very neat.  thumbsup 

Dave



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User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

Forgive me for not knowing....why can't he just take a wide angle picture from a good vantage point? Why are the multiple pictures and stitching necessary? I could understand if it was a 360 or 180 degree panaroma.

User currently offlineWaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3470 times:

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 9):
Forgive me for not knowing....why can't he just take a wide angle picture from a good vantage point? Why are the multiple pictures and stitching necessary? I could understand if it was a 360 or 180 degree panaroma.

I'm also not sure, but probably because he can get a much higher resolution if he combines a bunch of individual photographs. That La Jolla picture series is great, I found the restaurant I went to last year when I visited!


User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3468 times:

Beautiful pic, but it would be so much more beautiful without that gaping hole in Lower Manhattan... New York, please get your ass in gear, it's been long enough like that.  Sad

User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3458 times:

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 9):
Forgive me for not knowing....why can't he just take a wide angle picture from a good vantage point? Why are the multiple pictures and stitching necessary? I could understand if it was a 360 or 180 degree panorama.

It's purely for the resolution of the final product. One of those panoramas on his site has a width of 30,000 pixels!!! So far, the best and most expensive sf DSLR camera (Canon 1DsmkII, 16 megapixels I think) produces original files of close to 4,000 pixels in width.

If you'd now imagine that he sells that photo to an ad agency who wants to put this one on a billboard next to an interstate, a 4,000 pixel photograph will simply not be good for use because it's too small. The quality is not there to have it printed that large, same goes for the details. If you have ten times the original size....there's a whole more of room to work with.

Cheers!



Jet Visuals
User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6835 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3452 times:

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 9):
why can't he just take a wide angle picture from a good vantage point?

Here's an even better example of somebody stitching a pano rather than doing a single wide-angle shot-- and look at the quality that resulted. This time the total horizontal angle of view is only 50-60 degrees, so he easily could have done a single shot. (I posted this one before, and its 5 MB, so ...)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...m_Staten_Island_Ferry_Jan_2006.jpg


User currently offlineDavestanKSAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1678 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

Quoting INNflight (Reply 12):
So far, the best and most expensive sf DSLR camera (Canon 1DsmkII, 16 megapixels I think) produces original files of close to 4,000 pixels in width.

Check this out Big grin

http://www.roundshot.ch/xml_1/intern.../de/application/d438/d925/f934.cfm  drool 

There's also 22 megapixels, 38 I think, etc.

Dave



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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3423 times:

Quoting DavestanKSAN (Reply 14):
Check this out

A bargain at only $36,000  Smile

http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/20/s...-digital-shoots-at-160-megapixels/


User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3414 times:

Quoting INNflight (Reply 12):
If you'd now imagine that he sells that photo to an ad agency who wants to put this one on a billboard next to an interstate, a 4,000 pixel photograph will simply not be good for use because it's too small. The quality is not there to have it printed that large, same goes for the details. If you have ten times the original size....there's a whole more of room to work with.

Ok thanks. Makes sense, although I haven't noticed a lack of quality on other billboards.

Quoting Timz (Reply 13):
Here's an even better example of somebody stitching a pano rather than doing a single wide-angle shot-- and look at the quality that resulted. This

Damn. I need to get a 1080 monitor. The buildings look very clear but the background looks grainy. I assume its my monitor. I guess that we are getting to the point that large print/billboards will soon look better than real life!  Wink


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6835 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3395 times:

Quoting INNflight (Reply 12):
an ad agency who wants to put this one on a billboard next to an interstate, a 4,000 pixel photograph will simply not be good for use

4000 pixels will be plenty for a billboard. A 40-meter billboard would be pretty big, wouldn't it? Would 1-cm pixels be too big, viewed from passing cars?


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