Apr 152012
 

I thought gigapixel panoramas (or gigapans) were the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~globalconn/gigapan.html

I wanted to make a gigapixel panorama. I’m still a bit short of this goal, but I’m having fun and learning a lot in the process.

The easiest way to make a gigapixel panorama is buying a gigapan or using a telescope mount that runs papywizard.
http://www.gigapan.com/cms/shop/store
http://www.kolor.com/buy/photo-hardware/motorized-head/kolor-panogear-motorized-panoramic-head-gigapixel-3.html
http://www.papywizard.org/

That doesn’t quite appeal to me. I want to be more involved. So of course I hit YouTube to find more information. I was not disappointed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3AoUL4t2OI – Gigapan Homemade

I’m a regular reader of hackaday.com and these posts earned a spot in my bookmarks. Especially the last post.
http://hackaday.com/2008/12/10/gigapixel-panorama/
http://hackaday.com/2010/07/14/panoramic-and-spheric-tripod-rig/
http://hackaday.com/2011/03/15/tilt-and-pivot-camera-base-uses-just-two-servos/

I have an iPhone 4 and it is stupid simple to make a panorama with the photosynth app.
Photosynth for iOS
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photosynth/id430065256
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XYSJPbwBT4 – Mastering the Photosynth App – Episode 1: Great Indoor Panoramas

I was quite pleased to discover that Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor) was free for noncommercial use and stitched a lot faster than hugin. I bought a cheap tripod from wal-mart and went out to take pics of the flooding with my cheap-o Nikon S220.

I learned a thing or three about taking panoramas manually. The first is that water makes a terrible subject. In order for it to stitch you need to have something identifiable in all corners of the picture.

I’ve upgraded slightly since then, I bought a Nikon L120 and an aluminum tripod. If I were to do it over again, I would probably buy a Canon camera that can run CHDK

I’ve tried a few other panorama stitching programs, but I have the best luck with hugin or Microsoft ICE.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_photo_stitching_applications
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/
http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

After all of this, and the success with servos in the cat laser toy, I decided to build my own. I hit youtube once again for inspiration. Once again, I wasn’t disappointed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JXtnEVdu98 – DIY Gigapan testing 11/09
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-aLj4TZWIw – Pan Tilt Panoramic Robot head (version 2.0)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgFEY7lAnaA – Panoramic MERLIN HEAD – Tête panoramique motorisée Merlin – Papywizard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obRiQJ27BoY – PanoBot motorized panorama pan head
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNIvJlx0E4U – Gigapan Tutorial – 1 of 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p83lZeiGc68 – GigaPan Pro Epic Quick Guide

I’ve made a few other posts about this, and I hope to make more.
http://www.ragingcomputer.com/category/panorama

I’ve got a few pictures of the panorama robot and pictures I’ve taken
http://pictures.ragingcomputer.com/index.php/Panorama

I’ve uploaded a few panoramas to photosynth.net (Requires Microsoft Silverlight)
http://photosynth.net/userprofilepage.aspx?user=RagingComputer

Feb 192012
 

The menu for the panorama robot is slowly getting more useful as I learn how to make the menu structure. Once I figure out saving values between power cycles, I’ll be ready to mount the 16×2 LCD screen.

20120219-191629.jpg

Of course I can’t show the video without also showing the result (scaled to 50% to keep filesizes manageable).

Feb 072012
 

I have mentioned panoramas before. This time, it got lazy. I’m sure things will improve, since this is the first run.

It uses a lazy susan bearing, 2 Futaba S3004 servos, a Hitec HS-55 micro servo, an Arduino UNO SMD, a pile of brackets, bolts, boards and wires. I whipped up an arduino sketch that starts the panorama when I hit the letter “a” in a serial terminal, prints the servo angles for each stop, then waits for input when it’s done. I’ve decided on a 10 degree step in both pan and tilt with the zoom in all the way on the Nikon S220 camera. To get the pictures to my laptop, I use my Eye-Fi Share 2GB SD card. I then use Microsoft Image Composite Editor to stitch them.

And here’s the result, scaled down to a reasonable size. There are definitely some stitching errors. I suspect having the camera angle skewed to the right doesn’t help much.

Nov 012011
 

You should visit Waubonsie State Park near Hamburg, Iowa. The overlook is pretty cool. I managed to make a panorama while I was there.


http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=cb6d48a0-5e2d-4ec8-aa37-7584aacdc580

I made another high resolution picture behind the toilets of cabin #5
http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=48bf738e-a8bb-4e14-8b95-b79d1e98a3bf

Road to Cabin #6

 

Tree Outside Cabin #6

 

Yellow Fall Colors

 

Peeking Through the Trees

 

Jul 262011
 

I went up to Hitchcock Nature Center and took some pictures. You should Like them on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/hitchcocknaturecenter

http://www.pottcoconservation.com/html/hitchcock.html

NOTE: Requires Microsoft Silverlight

Hitchcock Nature Center – 2011 Missouri River Flood
Captured: 07/24/2011 20:00
Megapixels 540.79


http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=138cdb9e-2022-4698-a184-479260bebba6

360 interactive panorama from the observation tower
http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=3996a681-5583-43d8-b23b-4e8ad19a72da

Sunset photos from the observation tower

https://picasaweb.google.com/RagingComputer/PrettyIowa#5633174009988457970


https://picasaweb.google.com/RagingComputer/PrettyIowa#5633174034895278082

Other interactive panoramas I’ve made
http://photosynth.net/userprofilepage.aspx?user=RagingComputer

Previous flood-related posts:
http://www.ragingcomputer.com/2011/07/panorama/

http://www.ragingcomputer.com/2011/06/missouri-river-flooding-link-dump/

Jul 262011
 

My most recent high resolution interactive panorama created with Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor) hosted on photosynth.net

NOTE: Requires Microsoft Silverlight

Lewis and Clark Monument – 2011 Missouri River Flood
Captured: 07/01/2011 17:15 2011
Megapixels 848.26

Link http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=e4cc73f9-19cb-4148-8a51-40e4d0b4aa25

Link to my other panoramas on photosynth.net
http://photosynth.net/userprofilepage.aspx?user=RagingComputer&content=Synths