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Collection: Scenes and things
Location: Frankfurt
Date: Feb 24, 2009
Date Uploaded: Feb 26, 2009

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A little park amidst Frankfurt's skyscrapers. Always wanted to try one of these! The pano was shot with the 10-22.

Got some help from both Mephisto (how to shoot for this, and how to use "photomerge" which I didn't know about) and Timfythetoo (turn upside down to get the ground in the middle, duplicate to be able to use "transform"). The basics are as follows:

Shoot in a complete circle with a bit of overlap in each frame. In other words, go stand in the middle of somewhere, and turn 360 degrees, shooting as you go. I did this one with my wide angle lens and 12 shots in portrait orientation. I checked the exposure in a couple of directions (nice kinda low light) and set the exposure manually to keep it the same for all the shots.

Combine all the shots into a panorama - I used Photoshop for this. In Bridge, highlight/select all the shots you want to use (but don't "open" them), go to Tools, Photoshop, photomerge. I selected the auto option (first one) and it seems to do a pretty good job of it. Crop your pano carefully so that the right and left sides will meet without overlap once you make a circle.

At this point, I highly suggest resizing the image - it'll be a huge file. Then turn it upside down, duplicate the layer, extend the canvas to make a square, and apply Filter, distort, polar coordinates. Then select Edit, Free transform, and turn it into a circle. I think there's a better way to do this last part neatly but at least it will get you started.

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06/18/2011 08:13:15 PM
Very cool, Deb!
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04/07/2009 08:13:36 PM
I love this, but I need some tall buildings!
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03/07/2009 09:53:08 PM
Damn...not bad for a first try!
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03/06/2009 09:03:16 AM
Great tutorial.
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03/05/2009 10:32:40 AM
you did an excellent job with this. truly amazing.
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03/04/2009 10:41:03 PM
This is just amazing, Deb. I tried polar coordinates once to do something similar and it didn't even come close. If you rotate it just a bit it looks like a strange smiley face.
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03/01/2009 10:28:48 PM
Frickin awesome... I am gonna have to give it a go
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03/01/2009 10:10:59 PM
what an eyeball! the thumb looks like a plate of food.
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03/01/2009 09:47:20 PM
Great result. Looks like waaay to much work for me to try it!! LOL

Maybe when I have some spare time I'll give it a go. Thanks for sharing the editing tips.
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03/01/2009 07:03:14 PM
Oh so unbelievably, fabulously cool! I've gotta try that. I have taken 360 degree series before, but didn't know you could do THIS!
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03/01/2009 03:47:41 PM
Holy Cow - this is SPANKIN'

I LOVE these shots - this one is so very, VERY well done!
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03/01/2009 03:30:42 PM
Love it, gonna go and try one now........
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03/01/2009 01:47:10 PM
totally WOW deb .. !!!
wot an incredible effect ... just incredible .. !!.:)
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03/01/2009 12:55:37 PM
Perfect subject for this technique. Looks like I looked through my telescope and found "Planet Park World".
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03/01/2009 12:12:02 PM
This is similar to shooting a virtual tour only more involved. The end result is simply mind-boggling!
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03/01/2009 10:35:00 AM
This is just really cool. I love the distortion of the buildings.
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03/01/2009 10:26:48 AM
WOW! This is awesome and thanks for sharing the "How to.." I will definitely have to try this.
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03/01/2009 09:28:32 AM
That is outstanding. I tried one of those and it wasn't nearly as put together. Just like a mystical paperweight. YAY for you.
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03/01/2009 08:59:59 AM
This is awesome, love it
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02/28/2009 04:49:30 PM
Wohooo you got it! Way awesome!

eta: there's already a how-to on dpc for the peeps wondering about how it's done.

Message edited by author 2009-02-28 19:08:11.
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02/28/2009 02:21:09 PM
Wow, this turned out great! I love that the ground ball almost looks like a smiley face wearing a headband :-) Really excellent!
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02/28/2009 07:44:20 AM
I love this! Cant do it with Paint Shop Pro tho. I tried. :=)
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02/27/2009 12:38:54 PM
Oh DEB! This is AWESOME! Did you have to use a special lens? Or was it done with photoshop mastery. You NAILED it either way. I love how the park looks like a face with a wicked crooked grin :)

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02/27/2009 10:51:06 AM
I like this! Nice!
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02/26/2009 09:58:43 PM
Sooooooo, when will you be writing a tutorial on how to do this?
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02/26/2009 09:26:03 PM
Okay please tell how you did it for us ones that have never seen one. Which by the way looks way cool.
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02/26/2009 08:12:23 PM
oh what fun! i've gotta go try one of those myself. very cool:)
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02/26/2009 06:46:25 PM
The inner eye is quite fetching.
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02/26/2009 06:20:57 PM
ah nice! great editing
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02/26/2009 05:58:44 PM
Neat!
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02/26/2009 05:44:17 PM
It came out excellent!! Nice work!
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