Anonymous asked: Very nice Panos. What camera/lens/pano head combo are you using? How many shots do you shoot for each pano? What length pole do you usually end up working with for your horizontal panos?
I'm just starting out with pole work with a Nikon d7000/sigma 8mm3.5/NN3. When I use a pole I have been shooting 4up@45deg and 4 dwn@45deg to avoid having to pull in to change camera angles when shooting a zenith & nadir. The trade off is that the images aren't the sharpest being off-axis in the center. What technique works best for you?
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
I’m glad you like the panos! I’m using a Canon 5D Mk II with a shaved Tokina 10-17 on a Pinnacle VR head. (I design and sell the Pinnacle VR at www.pinnacle-vr.com). With the Tokina, I shoot four around pitched up 10 degrees, then do a nadir shot after reverse mounting the camera and moving the tripod.
Sometimes, I’ll use a 24mm lens and shoot three rows of eight plus a nadir shot. This gives me much higher resolution. The D&H Canal panos (http://virtual-travels.tumblr.com/post/726551295/d-h-canal-in-high-falls-ny) are examples, and if you go full screen, zoom in and see how much detail there is.
I’ve only done a couple of pole panos, and for that, I use an aluminum painters pole that is about 12 feet tall. I haven’t used the 5D MkII for that, but did use my previous XTi, which was a much lighter camera body. For those, I used the same approach of pitched up 10 degrees, then I’d bring the assembly down and pitch the camera down, move off to the side, and shoot the nadir. I’ve had mixed results with this, and as I said, I have only shot a couple pole panos.
Have you joined the PanoTools mailing list? It’s a GREAT resource for questions like this. Check out http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PanoToolsNG/.