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On Sun, 11 Jul 2010 23:53:14 -0700, Savageduck
<savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}> wrote:

>On 2010-07-11 08:36:13 -0700, Savageduck <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}> said:
>> On 2010-07-11 07:45:38 -0700, Doug McDonald
>> <mcdonald(a)> said:
>>> On 7/11/2010 9:27 AM, David Ruether wrote:
>>>>> You did not go full up and down. From what i gather many frames were
>>>>> shot to get shots.
>>>>> Ther is NO view of the picture left untaken. Aparently the camera was moved and
>>>>> then more fill in shots were stitched together. It as if the camera is floating
>>>>> in mid air. Nothing below it, nothing above it.
>>>>> greg
>>>> There used to be a device using a conical/parabolic mirror that
>>>> pointed down at the upturned camera to shoot such pictures,
>>>> but these left a "hole" in the ground image which does not appear
>>>> in this image. It is a most remarkable image!
>>>> --DR
>>> The version I saw does not look straight down. That is easy,
>>> I've done the exact same thing on top of Mt. Evans and Half Dome,
>>> as well as inside many caves.
>>> Ideally you just plant a tripod with skinny legs and a pano head
>>> and take a full circle. In a cave you really need the tripod.
>>> But on a mountain in full daylight, you can fake it if you are
>>> careful and the top is big enough and flat enough that you don't
>>> risk falling off. You just rotate yourself around, moving your feet
>>> so that the center of the lens never moves, and take
>>> the circle. If you fake it, the near points on the ground
>>> won't fit perfectly and you will need to use Photoshop's
>>> clone or "area fake" tools to make the dirt look right.
>>> If the final pano does look straight down, you will need
>>> either adjustable scaffolding or the fake method and LOTS
>>> of work in Photoshop.
>>> Straight up, outdoors, is easy: if the clouds move between shots,
>>> use Photoshop's "liquify" to make them fit.
>>> Doug
>> I think combining a Gigapan system with some CS5 editing would be the
>> most seamless way of doing this. However what has been done with this
>> image seems to be a lot more sophisticated than just doing the
>> standard, moving in a circle to make the capture.
>BTW, there is also this as a possible solution;

Creating a camera-less 360�x360� panorama is without a doubt one of the
easiest things to accomplish. Even rote-beginners know how to do this. Why
it befuddles all of you is beyond me.

No, wait. It makes perfect sense. Because NONE of you have even the most
very basic of panorama creating principles in your backgrounds. Hell, you
can't even take a decent crapshot with your cameras. I shouldn't be

Go ahead ... spew some more beginner's advice like an x-spurt.