A World In A Photograph

© Dan Arkle
How did Dan Arkle produce his panoroma from Lose Hill in the Peak that shows, "Mam Tor just left of top, Kinder and Edale on top right, Bleaklow and rest of the Dark Peak bottom right, Hope Valley and village on bottom left, Castleton and White Peak on top left. Comments and suggestions welcome?"

Dan reveals his secret with this explanation:

"Thanks for your interest! If you don't own a 220 degree fisheye lens (they exist!) and a helicopter then you'll need some software to make these. I stitched this together using a program called ptGUI which can do it automatically, although to really control the outcome, I use the technique below. There are several other programs that can do this and many digital cameras will include some software for free. It can be done in Photoshop or Elements but it takes a while. I usually make a cylindrical panorama in ptGUI(ie flat, but the ends can blend into each other), then I warp it into a circle in Photoshop by first changing the aspect ratio to 1:1, rotating the image 180 degrees and then using a photoshop filter called Polar Coordinates. To get this bit right you may need to include dead space above and below to control the degree of distortion- in this case, trying to emphasise the background and minimise the foreground. After a bit of touching up it usually takes about 3 or 4hrs before I get something I'm happy with."

You can see more of Dan's work, including more panoramas at his gallery, here

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12 Feb, 2008
12 Feb, 2008
Brilliant CJD. Thanks. Mick
12 Feb, 2008
ooo and I've just found some sort of hack for automating it, on the site of a french climber chap who's spent lots of time in Antarctica. mmm, some very nice pictures (even if the site navigation's a bit duff):
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