Friday, June 19, 2009

Doing a 180

Over the past four months, as I've travel around the US, I've been making some panoramic photos. These are made by taking anywhere from six to 12 photos across a 180 degree arc, and then stitching them together after the fact to make a single continuous photo which encompasses a 180 degree field of view. They don't look especially good so small, so click any of them for a larger size.

Downtown Portland, viewed from across the Willamette River.

Steam engines in an old roundhouse in Portland.

Along highway 305, near Battle Mountain, Nevada.

The Hoover Dam, viewed from the Arizona side.

Sipapu bridge, at Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah.

The main reading room in the New York Public Library.

Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home near Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Speaking of 180's, I'm heading back to the west coast this week. I'll be going to Seattle for a week and a half to volunteer at a summer camp for kids with cancer. I expect to travel on again after that.


  1. I like the Hoover Dam shot best. Very cool!

  2. Excellent! What camera(s) were you using when you shot all of these?

  3. Thanks guys, glad you like the panoramas! The Hoover Dam is my favorite as well. These pictures were all taken with the Sigma DP1. It's got a 28mm-equivalent lens, and some people think a longer focal length is better for panoramas. But I like the wide view, and it makes it easier to take the panoramas hand-held. (These were all done hand held, with the exception of the Hoover Dam shot, which used a tripod.) Fitting the wide angle shots together requires some geometric manipulation in Photoshop, but the Sigma produces such remarkably detailed photos that it can easily withstand this.

  4. Sorry I missed you in the Cities Ben. Too much going on. I might have a link for some software you might be interested in using instead of photoshop to stitch the photos together. Once I find it, I'll get it to you.
    - Chris

  5. Thanks Chris, I'd be interested in checking that out!