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  • Horizontal Pole Panorama 300+ feet up

    This was a fun one to do. This is a horizontal pole panorama taken from the 30th floor (mid way up the East Tower) of the Cosmopolitan Hotel/Resort in Las Vegas on Christmas Day. The winds were cold and moderate so a little swaying was going on (hence the terrible stitch lines). My only regret was that the Bellagio fountains weren't operating at the time.
    We were also given 2 nights free accommodations for a future attempt on higher up floors compliments of the Cosmopolitan Vegas.
    Always keep the PR resident manager in the loop on shoots.





    http://www.circularworlds.com/panos/cosmo2.html



    http://www.circularworlds.com/panos/cosmo1.html

    As usual lots of room for improvement needed and still learning the proper workflow when doing horizontal panoramas. The workflow is quite different from standard pole panoramas.
    This was done using D700, Nikkor 10.5mm lens, R1 Ring Clamp pano head and 30ft carbon fiber pole. I had about a 15-20ft extension. This was not a Fanotec carbon fiber pole.
    I must add doing horizontal panoramas like this is not for the faint-hearted. Kids do not try this at home.

    ps - find my name

  • #2
    very nice impressed how you have been able to hide you on pano and didn't know Bill Bailey was doing some events at Cosmopolitan

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    • #3
      Hi Bill,

      Nice work this panorama!

      Johan
      My website: www.360p.nl
      8,67 Gigapixels Panorama: http://www.360p.nl/portfolio/gigapixel/123-bataviahaven-lelystad-8-67-gigapixels

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Vincèn View Post
        very nice impressed how you have been able to hide you on pano and didn't know Bill Bailey was doing some events at Cosmopolitan

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        Vincèn
        When in Vegas you learn "magic"
        Good find - most never catch it

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Seacat View Post
          Hi Bill,

          Nice work this panorama!

          Johan
          Even though far from perfect - much appreciated!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Vincèn View Post
            very nice impressed how you have been able to hide you on pano and didn't know Bill Bailey was doing some events at Cosmopolitan
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            Can't find my name in other pano?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bill Bailey View Post
              Can't find my name in other pano?
              that one ?
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              • #8
                Hi Bill,

                well done, your heart must rock solid.... Like Vincen I found your name below the balloon of the Paris.

                I heard it would be helpful as well to own a map with a lot of business cards with "President" or "Vize-President" on it.

                Regards,
                Heinz
                Last edited by hindenhaag; 01-22-2011, 10:42 AM.

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                • #9
                  pictures

                  Inspiring work, any picture of you and your set up you can share?

                  Cheers

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hindenhaag View Post
                    Hi Bill,
                    well done, your heart must rock solid.... Like Vincen I found your name below the balloon of the Paris.
                    thx Heinz - one guy thought the Cosomopolitan actually did post notice on the billboard.
                    Bill

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by softgad View Post
                      Inspiring work, any picture of you and your set up you can share?
                      Cheers
                      Hi softgad,
                      You really don't see a lot of photographers taking photo's of themselves doing work. I was basically doing this alone and the balcony area to work inside of also small. When using a 30ft pole you also have the challenge of fitting everything into the viewfinder.
                      That said I would like to do some videos showing basic setup of Fanotec Poles. It's important to remember horizontal panoramas really are "not" recommended and you run extreme risk of pole breakage and liability issues if you dropped the rig on someones head - not good at places like the Cosmopolitan Vegas. These horizontal pole panoramas required careful planning and was rehearsal to followup shoot. When starting out with pole photography start with the smaller poles like the Fanotec Poles series 1 (9ft), develop a good secure work-flow being mindful of over head obstacles (carbon fiber is excellent conductor of electricity).

                      Bill

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                      • #12
                        BTW Bill,

                        I suppose this would help a lot, even if it is a small screen as reviews tell us.

                        http://www.all-things-photography.co...iewfinder.html

                        Wireless as well. http://www.aputure.com/en/product/gi...viewfinder.php

                        Same branch of remote control which was added with the first pole deliveries. May be Nick knows something more.

                        I feel it might be helpful for Pole Panos as well. Not available at NL dealers right now.

                        Combined with the acoustic leveller Eric Leeman NL has presented in his Photokina news - sorry no link but I am sure somebody else has it for us - this might help to get an easier workflow on this heart attacking 35th floor panoramas.

                        http://www.erikleeman.com/

                        To reduce the risk when something happens and brakes, it might be helpful to add an extra "secure line" to the camera connecting to the strap connection. In case of braking, the camera might crash on the 35th wall of the hotel instead of someones head. And I heard that there are 2500 advocates in one square kilometer in California to wait for a case.

                        Cheers,
                        Heinz
                        Last edited by hindenhaag; 01-26-2011, 07:18 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by hindenhaag View Post
                          Hum looks like you guess what I'm adding in my store right now :) Avalaible in my online store and from stock in next few days :D I'll offer them at good price with Fanotec poles as it's definitively a very good accessory for it !
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                          • #14
                            Or what about this!: http://www.360tacticalvr.com/accesso...ire-nikon.html
                            Badders

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by badders View Post
                              looks very similar
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