Shel's 360x180 panoramas

One of my many photographic hobbies is taking panoramas. These are the most extreme panoramas possible, each covering 360x180 degrees. In some of the 360x180 panoramas, you can see the tripod legs and tripod arm sticking out, but the newer panoramas use a clever technique to patch the nadir, with a hand held photo. The equipment I use for most of these photos is a pentax ist DL DSLR with a 10-17mm fisheye lens, and a panosaurus panorama head and a tripod. Using the 10-17mm fisheye lens requires eight photos for the entire 360x180 panorama. Six photos around, one taken every 60 degrees, one pointing upwards, and an optional hand held patch photo to fill in the tripod. For each panorama, there is an apple quicktime 360x180 virtual reality page. Click on the image to open the quicktime 360x180 movie.

360x180 movie Downtown Austin by night, 360x180 panorama, includes handheld "nadir".

360x180 movie Saint Mary's Cathethdral by night, 360x180 panorama, 7 photos 10-17mm fisheye.

360x180 movie Father's day breakfast at Katz's, June '07.

360x180 movie The Arboretum, my first 360x180 with the nadir patched. Look down! You can see the ground below you!

360x180 movie This is our Library, with two of our dogs lazily sitting on the couches. This is one of the 1st 360x180's I took with my new Pentax 10-17mm fisheye lens.

360x180 movie This 360x180 from Mount Bonnell in Austin was taken before I owned a DSLR with a fisheye lens. Instead of requiring seven photos with a fisheye lens, this panorama required twenty-eight photos, taken with a Canon G6 with a Tiffen 27mm equivalent wide angle attachment.