Virtual Tour of Camden, Maine

This is a virtual tour I created from several panoramas I took over a three day period in Camden, Maine last summer. It has taken several months to blend all the brackets together, stitch the panoramas, and create the virtual tour. Since it is a combination of both rectilinear and spherical panoramas, it requires Adobe Flash and won’t play on all mobile platforms like iPads. There is an incredible amount of detail in each image, take your time exploring! The blue dots will take you to another angle or view, or you can click the thumbnails on the right as well. Clicking and dragging with the mouse will pan up/down and left/right, and scrolling with the mouse wheel will zoom in and out. Auto-rotation can be disabled by one of the blue menu buttons. Click the preview image below to start the tour. Enjoy!

 

Spherical Panorama of Mount Battie

For the technically inclined, the first 360° x 180° spherical panorama from the top of Mt. Battie was shot with a Nikon D700 & 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @ 24mm, f/8, ISO 200, and 1/8000 through 1/30 shutter speeds, spaced 1EV apart. I used such a wide exposure range to capture the sun and glare off the water, but still have details of the shadows in the tower. Stitched from 360 photos, the final image is 155 megapixels. I shot 3 rows of 12 columns with 9 exposures at each position, plus 2 nadir positions to remove the tripod and VERY long shadows from the low sun, and 2 extra positions of the tower and tourists to remove ghosts of people walking around.

 

360° View from Tower

The second 360° panorama was shot from the top of the tower. I had tried for two days and many long hours to get a very high resolution panorama at 200mm with the Gigapan Epic Pro motorized head shooting two or three rows, but the amount of people that kept coming up during the busy summer season prevented it from ever happening and I wasn’t about to ask anyone to move or interrupt their view. I did, however, manage to get a very nasty sunburn for my effort! I had finally given up, packed up the tripod and motorized head, and suddenly realized on my down that I was the only one up there. There was a short lull between the sunrise and morning visitors. I quickly took a  handheld 360° panorama at 70mm in portrait orientation so I could do it in a single row. I took 588 images in a blistering 4 minutes! 84 sets of 7 brackets @ 70mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/3200 through 1/50 shutter speeds, spaced 1EV apart. Aligning, blending, and stitching turned out to be incredibly challenging later in post since I hadn’t used a tripod and every image was slightly off from the others, but it turned out really well in the long run and I was very happy to have walked away with anything! The finished panorama is 208 megapixels.

 

Panorama of Penobscot Bay

The third panorama of Penobscot Bay was actually the last panorama I took before leaving. I was on my way back down and discovered another vantage point for a good panorama. I had just started shooting a very high resolution gigapixel panorama and the batteries in the Gigapan motorized head died from all the effort of shooting the previous image from the top of the tower. So I shot this one entirely handheld as well, two rows in portrait orientation @ 70mm, f/11, ISO 200, 1/400 through 1/25 shutter speeds, 5 brackets spaced 1EV apart. 325 photos total for a 197 megapixel image. I didn’t use the slowest shutter speed of the series because it was too overexposed shooting into the sun and some of the images were blurry from the slow 1/25 shutter speed in spite of vibration reduction. My hands were getting pretty tired holding that 70-200mm lens!

 

Panorama of Camden Harbor

The fourth panorama of Camden Harbor was taken about an hour after sunrise and before the 360° x 180° spherical panorama at the top of the list. I used a Gigapan Epic Pro motorized head to take 455 images: 5 rows, 13 columns, 7 bracketed exposures @ 140mm, f/11, ISO 1250, 1/2500 to 1/40 shutter speeds 1EV apart. I needed the extra ISO to eliminate moving branches and vibration from the wind that would affect the telephoto lens. It took 12 minutes for the Gigapan to capture the scene and while it was whirring away I had a nice chat with another photographer who had just bought his first medium format film camera and was testing it out on some landscape shots. I always enjoy meeting fellow photographers and talking about gear! The final image is 113 megapixels and roughly the same field of view and depth of field as a 28mm lens @ f/2.2, if it were cropped to a panorama of course.

 

 

Rocky Coastline

The last panorama of Penobscot Bay is actually the first one I took that week. It is 155 megapixels stitched from 185 images: 3 rows of 12 columns, plus an extra nadir shot to remove the tripod, 5 exposures @ 24mm, f/11, ISO 400, and 1/13 through 1/1250 shutter speeds spaced 1.3EV apart.

 

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Prints can be purchased on a variety of materials at many different sizes. Images and the virtual tour can also be licensed for other websites, magazines, video, marketing, etc. We are also available for hire to create a virtual tour of your property or business. Contact us for details!

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