For some reason I’ve never gotten around to doing stitched-together panoramic photos until recently. Today, with spring fever raging, I hopped on my bicycle, did one of my favorite circuits, and made this 360 view of Park Hill in Westmoreland:
It turned out to be an interesting study in perception. If you check the enlarged view, you’ll see a tiny, insignificant-looking church in the center of the spread, dwarfed by mailboxes in the foreground. In my memory of the scene, that church was the dominant feature. But what my eyes actually saw is what the camera saw: a tiny, insignificant-looking church.
Next time I’ll need to stand closer to it. And I’ll need to bear in mind that what we think we see is a heavily interpreted version of what hits the retinas.
Still, it was fun. I love that you can see the handlebars of my bicycle on the left, and the seat on the right.
I’m sure there lots of ways to do this, I’ve never really looked into it, but Windows Live Photo Gallery makes the whole thing a snap. From camera import, to photo stitching, to Flickr upload, was under 10 minutes. And most of that was CPU time.