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Mohonk Sky Top Tower

Richard C. Drew

Home is where the Roof is

Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA

June 20, 2008, 3pm CST

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© 2008 Richard C. Drew, All Rights Reserved.


Unfortunately I’m in Prairie land. Flat, flat and more flat. The locations with higher altitude (tall buildings, water towers, etc.) would not grant access. As is typical for this week – every year – it was almost constant rain. So shooting the ant hill was out. I suppose the ants were more distressed than I, as the fruits of their endeavors kept washing away. My tree-climbing days are long past… Then I thought about shooting from a pitcher’s mound at a local baseball park. The rain pretty much ruled that out as well.

So it was shooting from the roof. It’s a great snapshot of Chicagoland living – we’re in a typical suburb, with a nice, large park across the street.

Additional Caption: Behind the scene : how this panorama was made ▼


USA-Canada / USA-Illinois

Lat: 41° 43' 24.17" N
Long: 87° 47' 8.77" W

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

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Camera Equipment:
Canon 40D
Sigma 8mm
Agnos mRotator Short
Manfrotto Tripod
Manfrotto Leveling Base

PhotoShop CS3

Behind the scene : how this panorama was made

Well, I was hoping to use a local church spire or steeple, community water tower or high rooftop. Old Man liability, security concerns and passing the buck on responsibility stepped in. The end result was my old fallback – shoot at home. So up on the roof I went – for what was probably the only rain free few hours during the event time window. So here’s a look at a typical Chicagoland community.

This pano was easy to shoot. Climb up on the roof, place the tripod on the chimney, and shoot. I removed the tripod from the image using Pano2QTVR to extract the cube face, then PhotoShop CS3 to touch it up. The pano is made up of four fisheye images.
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