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Panoramas in Tight Places with Complex Nadir Views

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  • #16
    Here is another panorama generated with this setup. The biplane open cockpit is a difficult subject - there is no good spot for a tripod supporting a camera and pano head, including the pilot's seat...the space is tight, there is no floor or deck, plus the aircraft slopes back at a steep angle. The aircraft is built of welded steel tubing, aluminum sheet, wood and fabric... most materials are visible in the ensuing image. Nothing is very stiff or rigid, at least for photographic purposes.

    The Manfrotto arm arrangement described earlier was used, with the clamps being located first on the left rear side of the cockpit for most images, then right rear side for the nadir. The camera inevitably moved down a little, especially before the nadir shots, and there are stitch errors in the panorama. But given the challenges - I haven't seen a comparable panorama of the WACO UPF-7 cockpit:

    Other images of this grand old airplane, using a conventional tripod, are here:

    Next time I will seek a cloudless day - for no cloud movement in the images. The plane flies well, with or without clouds. Note that the blurred closeup of the pitot tube and wing in the third pano was caused by the aircraft rocking back and forth in the wind while parked.



    • #17
      aviator thanks for sharing!

      At work we use the Manfrotto magic arm also for filming at places a tripot is not possible.

      I'll try out this arm for making panoramaphotos when i find some time.
      My website:
      8,67 Gigapixels Panorama:


      • #18
        Those are excellent aviator! Especially the cockpit view (except for the DASA water bottle ). Is that a smart phone next to the water bottle? What is that cockpit upgrade used for?

        Brings back 1994 memories when four of us toured the lower Florida Keys in two of these flown by Island Aeroplane in Key West. Great fun!
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        • #19

          Thanks to an excellent application called ForeFlight, iPhones and iPads now contain GPS-enabled navigation charts, airport data, and current weather when in cell phone range. It is a reliable backup to aircraft avionics and paper charts, and more capable in many ways.



          • #20
            Thanks to John Hougton


            Many thanks for your advice. I finally went back and touched up the stitching error using PTgui to capture the nadir image, per your instructive tutorial. My PhotoShop skills are limited but the image looks far better.

            My panoramas in cockpits have steadily improved using the this technique... making the usual panorama images, then setting up clamps and arms on canopy rails, ejection seat backs, finally carefully removing the Nodal Ninja head and tripod while leaving the camera suspended and the lens's no parallax point undisturbed:


            In this panorama available light in the depths of the cockpit was poor, so I made some images with and without a sweater thrown over the windshield to reduce lens flare. The final image would have benefited from an image pointing lower to eliminate the flare under the throttle lever. Other cockpits are here:




            Best regards,


            • #21
              John, The blue flare under the throttle lever is easily dealt with using the hue/saturation tool. See screenshot at .



              • #22

                Thank you; your suggestions are always very constructive. I'm using PhotoShop Elements 13, probably less sophisticated than your version, but I quickly found the 'Burn' tool which allowed me to saturate flared parts of the image. I will upload in replacement. I suppose I should consider dedicated training on PhotoShop. I should also revisit some earlier panoramas.

                Thanks again,