Do you have to make a picture totally vertical
(otherwise I will miss the center?) and how to
handle that with a tripod that stands in the
center? You did a good job! I am just starting and
tried to understand more...
Yes, shot through the glass of the skypod. I
leaned over the railing to get right against the
glass, and used a hood to eliminate reflections. I
have a better, sharper lens that would do a better
job than the 2004 shoot, but a perfectly clear day
like that is a rarity in Toronto. Too much
pollution. Stitching software has vastly improved
since then in terms of automatic assistance.
However, because the 360-degree panorama cannot be
shot from the same position, there is a lot of
misalignment that has to be massaged by hand.
Better software and a faster computer would
definitely make it easier, but it would still be a
So I take it they were shot through the windows of
the Skypod. What trick did you use to deal with
the glass reflections? You should head up there
again and put some 2011 tech to work and redo this
:) Have you shot any other Little Planets to share
This composite of downtown Toronto, Centre Island
and lake Ontario was put together from photos
taken from the CN Tower skypod, 443 m above the
ground. Three rows of 18 photos (54 photos total)
shot in RAW format were used in the composite. The
original shots were converted to TIFF using
PhaseOne software, and composited using
PTAssembler. Final processing was about 8 hours on
a P3/1GHz/1GB (2004 PC tech).
I really like this Little Planet - please share
your shooting details tricks etc. Great work. Have
you made any huge prints of it for sale? I'm
sure it would be a great hit!
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