Friday, May 05, 2006

Unique aerial panoramas

Scott Haefner has discovered a (relatively) simple and inexpensive way to produce 360° panoramas. He hangs a camera with a 180˚ 'fisheye' lens from a kite and takes one picture pointing vertically downwards. He lands the kite, and takes another picture with the lens pointing vertically upwards. He then 'stitches' the images together using a number of software packages. The resulting images are magnificent.


ConradGempf said...

Whoa! It's Dali's Christ of Saint John of the Cross!

Major Look said...

Excellent pictures - I wish I could fly a kite that high, let alone take those kind of pictures.

One question - does he use the camera in self timer mode or just a long piece of string attached to the shutter release?

Anonymous said...

I had a look at the Dali site and the pic is definately retouched. I reckon photoshop or summit like that.

My guess is that in those days it would have been version 1 or 2, but could have been ver 2.5a as this had the ability to start merging photos in this way.

brett jordan said...

Hi Major. Thanks for your question. I contacted Mr Haefner, and he informed me (in a rather curt manner) that he doesn't answer questions from anyone called 'Major Look' due to circumstances he was unwilling to share with me.

brett jordan said...

Hi Conrad, I guess it is no coincidence that this painting was completed at a time when Dali was becoming fascinated with photographic techniques.