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Best Of 2009

(January 1st - December 30th, 2009)

Ken McMahon

Skate Park

Jürgen Matern

Sunset on Gustav-Heinemann-Bridge

Berlin, Germany

September 08, 2009, 17:02 UTC (19:02 local time)

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© 2009 Jürgen Matern, All Rights Reserved.



What was my best panorama in the past year? Every year that's a difficult question that I have to answer for the "Best Of" event at the WWP at the end of the year. As I intensified my efforts to remap my spherical panoramas back to a printable form, I choose one of my favourites in the remapped form. More on remapping can be found in a talk of Markus Matern and a talk of myself which we held at the 2009 annual Panotools meeting.

Making Of

The shooting was done with a 3.15 meter (appx. 10.33 ft) pole to reach a more elevated viewpoint above the bridge. 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: 52° 31' 22.46" N
Long: 13° 22' 14.72" E

Elevation: 27

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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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