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 Post subject: Yung Shue Wan Panorama
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 4:54 am 
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After moving in to Lamma for almost 2 months, I finally got this chance to take a bunch of pictures and stitched them into a 360 panorama image of Yung Shue Wan this afternoon.

If you see a guy taking pictures with a big weird-shaped tripod, that's probably me!

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Sorry, I know that the pic is a little bit too big for those of you who surf with a small monitor, but hey, it's a panorama!


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Great panorama!

It looks like something that should be at the top of this website's every page!

For a while now I've wanted to replace the computer graphics and photos in the page header but my own panoramas are not good enough yet as I can't afford the necessary tripod yet.

I'd like to use different panoramas on different pages, so if you've got any more, send them over, in large format to Lamma-Gung@Compunicate.com, please!

The middle of the ferry pier would be a great spot for a panorama, the end of the old jetty or some rooftop along the waterfront or up on a hill.

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Actually I took this one at the old jetty.

I have a few more that I took on the hiking trail between Shok Ku Wan and Yung Shue Wan. I will take more next week if I can finish my work ahead schedule.

Any recommanded spot? Power Plant Bay? The windmill? anywhere else?


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Hi .. It looks great!!


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Could you also do a SUPERPANORAMA e.g. the same feature appearing on both the left and right of the photo? It could sell a lot of copies to Sunday tourists!


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That should be no problem. But why would that be more popular than the usual 360-degree panoramas?

There are a few more 180-360-degree panorama shots from the ferry pier in this topic:
Lammarama Panorama Photos

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Nice work, Wingman!


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Lamma-Gung wrote:
...... But why would that be more popular than the usual 360-degree panoramas?

I was wondering if that could be done too ... a slight overlap gives the viewer a better visual clue that the sweep begins and ends at the same spot (for 360 degree, that is).

Of course, 180 degree sweeps pose a different problem regarding an unfamiliar viewer's orientation.

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I was kinda busy and my preference is still 360....anyway, your wish is granded! Maybe I can print it on some paper towels (toilet roll anyone?) and sell it to the local resturants, bar and pubs!

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The PowerPlantBay Pano is on its way.


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Here you go, our private beach, Power Plant Bay.

Enjoy!

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Wow, these panoramas are really nice! Thanks!!

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Really good........... I especially like the Power Station Beach job


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It's great to know that you guys like them!!! Well, let's move one step further!

http://www.dijonyellow.com/files/pano/P ... tBay03.mov

Require Quicktime 6+


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 7:23 am 
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Wow! More, more!

I haven't seen any Lamma "Quicktime Virtual Reality scenes" like this since I got some of them made for tourists about 8 years ago.
We shot several scenes on Lamma, including Hung Shing Yeh beach, with a Western-Asian couple of models for a "Virtual Tour of Lamma". Not sure if I still have got them saved somewhere.
It would be interesting how Lamma has changed in these 8 years, especially Main Street where we shot one or two of those VR panoramas as well.

Suggested locations for more panoramas and VR scenes:

Rooftop of Water Front Restaurant at night
Main Street, in front of the Deli
Main Street, in front of Green Cottage at sunset
Middle of ferry pier on a sunny day with white, fluffy clouds
Location of future permanent helipad
Rooftop of "Po Wah Yuen Palace" (360 degree view over Yung Shue Wan
Pavilion above Hung Shing Yeh beach (sweeping view of Power Station and Hung Shing Yeh beach and tourist route)
Trig Point (close and above the wind turbine, best view in North Lamma)

and, last but not least, a really adventurous spot for an amazing panorama:
The top of that big rock in the harbour in front of Man Fung Restaurant!

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Wingman wrote:
http://www.dijonyellow.com/files/pano/PowerPlantBay03.mov

Wow again! I hope you don't mind if I downloaded and saved that file. I shudder to think of how much work it took to create it.

A few more like this and we could have a very unusual permanent feature for the lamma.com.hk blog menubar. What do you think, L-G??

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chuckm wrote:
A few more like this and we could have a very unusual permanent feature for the lamma.com.hk blog menubar. What do you think, L-G??

I suggested exactly that at the beginning of this topic to Wingman, but, alas! no reply yet.

These panoramas would really make a great page header for all pages of this site, above the menu bar, but I'd like to change them daily and/or automatically, so I'd need a few more.

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Oh yes, now that I look back you did suggest that.

I was also thinking of an additional "Lamma promotion" page that would feature links to several QuickTime steerable panoramas. What a good impression that would make! Not many tourist sites do this yet, perhaps because it's a non-trivial thing to create.

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It's my honor if my work can be showed on the header of the website!

Well, it takes around 3 days from shooting to rendering the final image. Anyway, how many pano do you need?


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Wingman,
4-5 really good ones would be enough to get started,
at least one of them showing the harbour at night and one showing Lamma nature, like up on a hill somewhere.
They should be 360 degrees and at least 1024 pixels wide.

How are you doing them as it seems to be very labour-intensive?
I'm just shooting ten or so photos in a circle, sometimes even just handheld, and a software that came with my camera stitches them together automatically.
You're using a special lens and rotating tripod for professional results, do you?

There are some cameras that shoot a 360 degrees photo onto a single frame, or at least 180 degrees with a fisheye lens.

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My panorama is a little bit to yours. I have a my camera with a 12mm wide lens mounted on a pano head tripod, which helps me to shoot 3 rolls of images which cover more or less the entire surroundings from the zenith to the ground without any distortions.

The time consuming part is the stitching, because I have to stitch all 36+ images into 1 huge panorama instead of a single-roll-ring-shaped pano. It usually take me 12 hours to stitch, touch-up and render. The more the moving elements in the picture, the more time it takes because I need to tell the programe what to show(and to hide). For example, a busy street is a way more difficult to stitch than a quiet-windless-lake.

These are the very similar panos I took last summer.

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Anyway, the small fish village, Yung Shuet Wan Main Street and the wind turbine will be my next spot. I will let you guys know after I have them all done. Stay tune.


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