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Best Of 2011

(December 16th – 31st, 2011)

Mike Moody

Family Skating Rink in Greenville

Jürgen Matern

U-Bahn station Oberwiesenfeld

Munich, Germany

November 4, 2011, 16:06 UTC (17:06 local time)

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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. In fact this year it was not so difficult because I didn't shot so many sphericals. Therefore I just selected an image which I hadn't published until now.

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.
  • Camera: Sony Alpha 900
  • Lens: Sigma 10mm f/2.8 fisheye (lenshood shaved)
  • Software: Panotools, PTGui Pro, Smartblend, Photoshop CS5, Pano2VR
  • 4 pictures @ 90° / ISO 800

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