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Brisbane Night Aerial Panorama from a helicopter by Chris Powell

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Chris Powell Chris  Powell
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0.19 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 21, 2010
Date taken
Jun 21, 2010

This 360` photo was taken at "last light" whilst hovering over Brisbane CBD in a helicopter. It was a stunning night with 5 knots variable breeze. This was taken with one of my Canon 5DII with 24-105mm at 24mm in portrait format - 12 Images total. Shuter speed was 1/15th second ISO 1000. The panorama was stitched manually using Photoshop CS5. It took 10 hours to stitch. We do aerial photography all over Australia, with some assignments world wide, but by far my favourite aerial photography is night work.
NB: Some parts of the image have a little motion blur that is reall only noticable at or near 100%. I have also applied some noise reduction which has stolen a little detail, but a more pleasant overall feel.

See more our my work at www.jumboaerial.com.au Will open in a new tab or window

Gigapan Comments (6)

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  1. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (September 24, 2010, 08:13PM )

    I recently rented a Nikon D3s to see if it would give me an advantage for shooting aerial panoramas at twilight. It does do better than other cameras, but I do not think warrants the extra cost unless you have a customer with sufficient budget to cover it. The D700 or 5D Mark II would be good enough without incurring the extra cost. Does the pilot try and keep the wind on the nose of the aircraft?

  2. Michel HORIOT

    Michel HORIOT (June 22, 2010, 03:15AM )

    Hello, I just saw your helipano! superb. I tried the same image on my city (60.000n inhabitants) but it was at the same time and for the World Cup soccer ago years.2 two errors: the population watched television so few houses lit - shoot at 1 / 100 and 12000 ASA.Donc lot of grain and single-use Web-tourism Compliments your work is very nice I also put long enough to assemble ... I want to repeat the same image day with 10 views. It's better and I could easily scale up to 2 meters Cordialement Me recommend you try Autopano Pro is the reference since I am not used that software. Once purchased designers work continuously and are made of a day at regular hours here is the link www.autopano.net/fr/solutions-asse mblage-photo/autopano-pro.html Will open in
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  3. Chris  Powell

    Chris Powell (June 21, 2010, 11:26PM )

    I sat in the front for balance reasons, and just kept my legs out of the way as much as possible. The hardest thing about night photography from a helicopter is the perfect light is only around for a few minutes, but only about a minute before official "last light" which means you have to get out of there. All in all it was a very fun job, and very rewarding.

  4. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (June 21, 2010, 11:01PM )

    Do you sit in front to communicate better with the pilot? I prefer to sit in the back seat so that my leg is not next to the stick. They did not give you much time before sending you to a higher elevation.

  5. Chris  Powell

    Chris Powell (June 21, 2010, 10:56PM )

    Thanks for the compliment. I shot it from a R44 with the front door off at 1000ft. I only had about 1 minute to do the full rotation before air traffic control made us go up to 2500ft.

  6. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (June 21, 2010, 08:07PM )

    Very nice job. I like the tones and resolution. Did you shoot these by hand, a pole, or with a robot? Were you flying in a R44?

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