Thomas Hill Standpipe

This 360° panorama from the roof of the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor, Maine was a very challenging image to create. Not only was the sun popping in and out of clouds making a consistent exposure difficult throughout the image, but with a flag pole and antennas scattered about the middle of the roof there is no single unobstructed position to shoot from. In the end I had to shoot 25 smaller panoramas from different positions along the railing at the edge of the roof top and then combine them all into a much larger 360° panorama, not an easy task! 525 images were used in total to get enough of an overlap and exposure range. I only shot a single row to see if it was even possible to shoot such a complicated 360° image from so many different camera locations. The final image is a little over 92 megapixels and 85” x 19”. Click the below image to view the full virtual tour. Click the blue circles throughout the tour or the thumbnails on the right to view different photos and angles. There’s also a map feature to the left of the screen. Zoom in, pan around, and have fun exploring!!!

Shooting data: Nikon D700, 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 24mm, f/8, ISO 400, 7 exposures bracketed 1.3EV apart covering 1/8000 to 1/30 shutter speeds.

Also in the above virtual tour is another 360° x 180° spherical panorama of the interior of the roof. That image is made up of 13 images: 2 rows of 6 images plus 1 nadir shot. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 3 second exposures. It was so dark inside that I had to use my flashlight to see the degrees on my panning head!


Here are a couple HDR images of the exterior of the water tower. The image on the left was taken with a Nikon D700 and 24-70mm f/2.8 lens @ 27mm, f/18, ISO 200, with 7 images bracketed 1.3EV stops apart covering 1/200 to 1.3 second exposures. The high resolution image on the right is 172 megapixels, 47” x 63” printed at full resolution, and made up of 140 individual images: 4 columns, 7 rows, and 5 exposures spaced 1.3 EV apart. Shot with a Nikon D700 and 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII on a Gigapan Epic Pro @ 135mm, f/4, ISO 800, and 1/100 to 0.4 second exposures.


Check out the plaque on the rock for some very interesting facts about the standpipe below.

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