Panoramic photographs



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I have been taking panoramic photographs since 2003; this page shows my favorites. Some of the panoramic images are very large, so the full-resolution photos may load slowly if you have a slow web connection. If your browser supports zooming (<Ctrl>+<mouse wheel> in Firefox, for example), you can adjust the image size to fill your browser window vertically and then use the bottom scroll bar to scroll horizontally.

A lot can go wrong in a panorama. Most obviously, exposure must be consistent across the separate frames, so you must guess where you want the exposure to be "correct" before you start. Adjacent frames must align well both horizontally and vertically, so distinct horizontal and vertical elements help. Frame stitching works much better if you use a tripod, but I usually do not carry a tripod when I travel. I find I can get decent results handheld with sufficient care. Anything moving from frame to frame within the image creates a problem, especially if captured crossing a frame boundary. For example, moving water always look bad, as in the Venice Beach picture, where the ocean waves in adjacent frames misalign. Now that I've been doing these for years, I'm pleasantly surprised when the result is at all satisfactory. Often, there are many disappointments along the way.

The Bleeker Street picture is an experiment, not very successful. Normally, you take a panorama from a fixed position, panning the camera between frames. This produces a consistent point of view, but the results are unsatisfying when reproducing a planar surface, like building storefronts along a street. For the Bleeker Street pano, I moved down the street between successive frames instead; the storefronts look better as a result, but of course 3-dimensional elements out of the storefront plane (building awnings, for example) do not align correctly.

I wrote an animated panoramas page for panorama viewing in 2003, because at that time many browsers did not support panning and zooming in images (but did support Java). I keep that page around as an interesting artifact, but I no longer maintain it, since modern browsers generally handle large images well.


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SF Bay & SF from Mt. Tamalpais
Marin Headlands, CA, 09/18/03
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SF & Mount Diablo at dawn
San Francisco, CA, 10/22/06
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Bay Bridge and Oakland from Coit Tower
San Francisco, CA, 12/08/03
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Marin & Mount Tam from Coit Tower
San Francisco, CA, 12/08/03
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Golden Gate Bridge & SF from Pac Heights
San Francisco, CA, 10/12/03
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Golden Gate Bridge to Mt. Diablo from Twin Peaks
San Francisco, CA, 12/08/03
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Golden Gate Bridge from Marin Headlands
Marin Headlands, CA, 10/09/03
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Downtown SF from Corona Heights
San Francisco, CA, 10/09/03
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Dolores Park crowd on sunny afternoon
San Francisco, CA, 03/27/10
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Seven Sisters from Alamo Square
San Francisco, CA, 10/16/03
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AT&T Park
San Francisco, CA, 05/23/06
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Farallones sunset from Grand View Park
San Francisco, CA, 12/17/03
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Downtown SF & Bay Bridge from Dolores Park
San Francisco, CA, 01/05/04
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Golden Gate Bridge, SF, Oakland from Twin Peaks
San Francisco, CA, 12/15/03
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Carquinez Strait
Crockett, CA, 01/09/11
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Eastern Sierra near Bodie
Bodie, CA, 07/21/09
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Los Angeles from Getty Museum
Los Angeles, CA, 07/01/04
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Mendocino (looking east & south)
Mendocino, CA, 12/01/03
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Mendocino (looking north)
Mendocino, CA, 09/09/07
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Mono Lake tufa towers
Mono Lake, CA, 07/21/09
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Monterey Bay from Aquarium
Monterey, CA, 08/24/11
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San Jose Giants baseball game
San Jose, CA, 04/30/07
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Venice Beach from Venice Pier
Venice, CA, 07/15/09
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Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay, CA, 01/26/13
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Haleakala overlook
Maui, HI, 02/14/04
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Haleakala crater
Maui, HI, 02/14/04
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Molokini
Maui, HI, 02/19/04
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Hanalei Valley
Kauai, HI, 03/24/08
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Kilauea Lighthouse
Kauai, HI, 03/24/08
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Waimea Canyon
Kauai, HI, 03/25/08
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Wailua Falls
Kauai, HI, 03/26/08
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Christo's Gates at Central Park
New York, NY, 02/25/05
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Bleeker Street
New York, NY, 05/08/07
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Colorado National Monument
Grand Junction, CO, 07/08/08
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Colorado National Monument
Grand Junction, CO, 07/08/08
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Montrose, CO, 07/09/08
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Collegiate Peaks
Buena Vista, CO, 07/10/08
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Jaipur from above Suraj Pol
Jaipur, India, 03/17/05
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Great Gate at Taj Mahal
Agra, India, 03/21/05
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Taj Mahal
Agra, India, 03/20/05
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Athens from Acropolis
Athens, Greece, 07/08/07
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Ancient theater at Epidaurus
Epidaurus, Greece, 07/10/07
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Nafplio & Argolic Gulf from Palamidi
Nafplio, Greece, 07/10/07
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Vikos Gorge & Zagori mountains
Mikro Papingo, Greece, 07/17/07
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Temple of Apollo at Delfi
Delfi, Greece, 07/20/07
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Pyramid of the Moon
Teotihuacan, Mexico, 12/23/08

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