I got my Nodal Ninja a few months back, and have since become accustomed to shooting 360s using either my 10-22 Canon lens or the 10-17 Tokina Fisheye. In any case, this is all well and good, but I enjoy shooting flat panoramas, too. When I learned of Silverlight 3 & Deep Zoom Composer‚Äôs first ‚Äòproduction‚Äô release back on July 23rd, I had to give Silverlight & Deep Zoom a shot ‚Ä¶‚Ä¶
My normal shooting philosophy of ‚Äòit couldn‚Äôt possibly be wide enough for me,‚Äô lead me to love 360 and pano work, however Deep Zoom opens my eyes to a whole other world of possibilities for large content. So a couple weeks back, I strapped my 28-135 on my 40d, set it to 70mm, and shot 22 portraits wide by 4 tall, to give me a 1.2-gig, 416-megapixel (~39,000 x 10,600) pano. I used the NN5 w/ RD16 Rotator set to 3.5 degrees, I believe. It generated control points surprisingly well, with pretty minimal correction necessary after analyzing the image in PTGui Pro.
I‚Äôll be the first to admit that it‚Äôs not perfect. The sun light changing through the scene made some blends tricky, and there are a couple traffic stitch discrepancies, but all in all I‚Äôm pretty happy with this one. Most importantly, I know where I made mistakes, and I understand a lot more about the process, so my next one should be more of a pleasure than a challenge. Maybe it'll be my first gigapixel 8-]
Downtown Houston Deep Zoom Panorama --> http://www.houstonimagingpro.com/dz.html
(scroll mouse wheel to zoom in/out, & full screen using the icon @ the top right corner of the image)