40 Phenomenal Panoramic Planets

The point has grown cliché by now, but it's true. Every week your submissions to Shooting Challenges blow me away. And your polar panoramas just upped that ante on every challenge to come.

Honourable Mention (non-original photography)

Subject: Denali, Alaska

Built from 9 photos

Camera: Nikon D80

Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 18mm (27mm /35mm equiv.)

Aperture: ƒ/8

Shutter Speed: 1/250

As you can obviously tell by climate, I broke rule 2 because I'm a college student and don't have time to go out and take photos, but I did want to test my hand at the challenge!

-Isaac Chambers

Second Runner Up

Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-W50

F-stop: f/5

Exposure time: 1/200 sec.

ISO Speed: ISO-80

Focal length: 16mm

Flash: None

I leave my office right around sunset everyday and park on the top of a garage in the middle of downtown Charleston, SC. I saw a particularly nice sunset and pulled out my basic point and shoot (Sony Cybershot DSC-W50) and took a series of 5 pictures to stitch into a panoramic. After creating the Polar Panorama, I merely adjusted the brightness so that the buildings would show more detail.

-David Crosby

First Runner Up

I shot these with a Nikon D60, 18-55mm kit lens. This was seven 20-second exposures at f5 of the quad at Oklahoma City University.

-Robert Rickner


Camera: Nikon D5000

Lens: Tamron 28-135

ISO: 500

Exposure: 1/250

Location: Seattle, WA

I had gone out shooting trying to emulate the look of old contrasty but yet washed out photos of boats I had seen all over the harbor and its various shops and thought it would make an interesting juxtaposition using a new technique with an old look. Taken in the Ballard Harbor.

-Tyler Yates

This was the hardest week to judge yet, and I don't know that anyone can really "win" at art. (So as always, praise our intrepid photographers in the comments.)

-Kevin Scott

Canon Power Shot A520 ISO: 200 f-5.5 6 Shot Panorama -Scott Alberts

Please find attached to this email, my submission to this months "Polar Panorama" photography contest. My submission shows my neighbourhood Cato Street in London. It has been taken with a Nikon D700 and a Nikon 14-24mm lens at ISO50. -Dominic Kamp

I'm currently in a class to learn a bit more about photography. I took this picture while I was out practicing my panning by shooting cars that drove by on a local street. I used a Canon Rebel XTi f/25 3 Second Exposure 18-55mm Lens ISO 100 I used photoshop CS3 to make the polar panorama and tweak the picture a bit. -Luke Parris

Camera: Canon EOS 1000D Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm ISO: 800 Tripod Used 7 individual images stitched together to create initial panorama -Tom Cooke

Hi guys, here is a polar panoramic of Sydney harbour. This was not done with a 360 degree pano as I thought the merging walkway in the centre of the image was also representative of the shape of one of the shells of the Sydney Opera House. The pano was originally taken with a Sony Cybershot DSC-T1 as I didn't have my Canon T1i with me for this trip : ( and then stitched together using MS ICE. I then did the rest of the work in photoshop. -Carlos Aya

Image was captured New Years Eve. Consisted of a panning series of shots of a particularly large fire. Image modified for contest using Gimp 2.0 on 4 Feb 2010, 0620 am (Tokyo Time) -Nathan Thompson

Shot taken today, at about 1:30PM in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. I use a Pentax K-7 with a 10-17mm FISHEYE at 10mm, ISO 100, manual exposure and focus. 6 shots using a panoramic tripod head and a very small tripod about 1 foot off the ground, plus one handheld strait down where the tripod was. I use PTGui to stitch the 6 images into an equirectangular image. In Photoshop I change image size is change so that it is square, 1:1, then rotate the canvas 180˚, and apply the polar coordinates filter. I then use the floor shot to patch up the hole in the ground. Adjust some brightness/contrast and viola! I also use PTGui to make stereographic projections, but I actually prefer the polar coordinate method 90% of the time. -James Craven

Nikon D200 Lens - Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 ISO - 100 F/13 Shutter speed 0.8 sec -Kjeld Mahoney

Taken with fuji finepix s1000 fd -Corey Menozzi

Shot with the Olympus 1030-SW from gondola at Busch Garden's Florida. Nothing fancy. -Zac Wallace

This is a picture of the skyline of Manhattan. I used my Gorillapod to shoot it from New Jersey close to the Hyatt hotel. It really is a good place to go if you are in Manhattan to capture the skyline. The camera I used was just a canon IXUS 75. I set the exposure time at 10 seconds, ISO on 80, fstop on f/2.8. I stitched them together in Photoshop and created the effect. -Jeroen Coelen

This photo was taken at the Philadelphia Center city. The photo covers the city hall ( left ), the municipal building, a few sky scrapers, and the historic masonic Temple ( right). I stood on the traffic island at the intersection of Broad and JFK streets, and took this 360 degree panorama. Far away, you can see a little bit of the comcast center. I LOVE the large display at the comcast center. It is beyond being a DISPLAY. The day after it snows a little bit, the sky always is clear devoid of any clouds ( if it shines next day ).So, took a HDR panorama, not to miss the blue blue blue sky. 3 exposures per frame,shot in AV mode, then blended to form a single HDR image. The blended HDRs were made with photomatix.Photomatix input - RAW images, and the output in 16 bit tiffs. The 360 degree image was created by blending 54 such individual HDRs in Autopano Giga and exported as psd,into Photoshop CS4.A little bit of curves correction and unsharp mask on selective areas to kick in some clarity. Taken with a EOS 500d Aperture: f/10 ISO:100 Focal Length: 18mm Lens : EF-s 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Av mode: Shutter speed: Exposure 1: 1/30 sec Exposure 2: 1/80 sec Exposure 3: 1/13 sec 162 exposures, converted to 54 individual HDRs, Manfrotto 3046 video tripod with nodal ninja 3 tripod head. I had to wait till there was no traffic, while taking individual pictures, It took me a while and several attempts to eliminate moving cars / people all together. Ah ! Philadelphia ! Flippadelphia ! -Sandeepsarma Josyula

EOS 5D Canon EF 15mm f2.8 RAW-images at Tv 1/400 Av 8.0 ISO 400 Manfrotto Panohead 303SPH on Manfrotto tripod DXO (for RAW to jpg) Stitcher: PTGui Retouche in Photoshop Karlsruhe Palace in Southern Germany -Carsten Rees

I leave my office right around sunset everyday and park on the top of a garage in the middle of downtown Charleston, SC. I saw a particularly nice sunset and pulled out my basic point and shoot (Sony Cybershot DSC-W50) and took a series of 5 pictures to stitch into a panoramic. After creating the Polar Panorama, I merely adjusted the brightness so that the buildings would show more detail. Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-W50 F-stop: f/5 Exposure time: 1/200 sec. ISO Speed: ISO-80 Focal length: 16mm Flash: None -David Crosby

Material : Canon EOS30 + solar cream Soft : Photoshop -Greg Panayotou

Nikon D40 with a 18-55mm lens. Shot on top of St. Mary's Square Garage in Chinatown San Francisco. -Robert Molina

Camera: Nikon D60 Lens: 18-55mm f-stop: 5.3 ISO: 200 Post Processing: Other than the polar process, I adjusted the levels on the land and clouds to brighten and darken respectively. The swirling shape you see is caused by the clouds just after a heavy rain. the sun was beginning to break through as I shot the scene. To make the picture more interesting, I transformed part of the cloud form to make the shape more oval than perfectly circular. -Jeremy Sandlin

Shot at Huntington Beach Pier with Nikon D2H with 17-35mm 2.8 lens. ISO 200 -Kevin Boutwell

Title: Ponte Occhio Camera: GF1 ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 50 sec Location: Florence, Italy (Ponte Vecchio) Taken: Feb 4, 2010 -Chris Keating

My aspect ratio of my panorama is not 2560x1600. I take my panoramas at 2:1 Canon 5D w/ 15mm Fish-Eye lens and custom panoramic head. ISO 800. -Timothy Scahill

Panorama of Philadelphia stitched together from four separate shots using a great free program called "hugin". The original shots were taken using a Nikon D60 f/11, 1/500, ISO-200 with an 18mm focal length. - Brad Fitzpatrick

This picture was taken from Detroit right outside Cobo arena looking over the river toward Canada. Those glowing buildings are the Caesars Casinos. Picture was taken on a Canon 7D with 18-200mm EFS lens at f4 with a 1/5 exposure time and an ISO od 3200 -Adam Arena

The picture is Baltimore's Inner Harbor at night, taken from Federal Hill. I used a Digital Rebel XT, 34mm @ f/11. Since it is an HDR, shots were at 10s (0), 2.5s (-2), and 30s (+2). I used Photomatix to create the HDRs, and used Hugin to stitch the panorama. I then pulled it into photoshop to warp it and clean it up. -Joe Russo

To create these images I simply used a tripod and shot a vertical 18 shot HDR panorama. (Three exposures per frame. Six frames.) I felt a night shot should make it look more like a planet. I also wanted to symbolize some of the most distinguished features of our own planet. Nature, Religion, and Industry. -Justin Capone

Canon Powershot SD720 Basic point and shoot? lol From Top Of The Rock in NYC. -Ryan Coster

I've been shooting Polar Panoramas for a few years now and it's one of my favorite techniques. I started out shooting them with a basic lens and would have to shoot 80+ shots to achieve the type of "Tiny Planet" I wanted. The easy way is just taking a panorama and bending it as mentioned in the tutorial, however the more advance way is taking multiple 360 panoramas and merging them to get a nicer looking center where the image actually looks like a floating planet instead of a vanishing point dead center thus the reason for so many shots. I now use a Canon 50D with a Canon Fisheye lens to shoot about 20 shots on a tripod and merge them using PTGui. The Tiny Planets are then taken into Photoshop for color correction. The Planet of the buildings is Downtown Columbus Ohio -Bob Kueppers

I took this image outside of my Apartment in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was composed of about 10 shots using Windows Live Photo Gallery and then made into a polar image via Photoshop. This is my first submission to any of the Gizmodo photo contests, so here goes nothing! I used a Samsung SL620 point and shoot camera with the following settings: f/s 3.5 Exposure time: 1/72 sec. ISO-100 6mm focal length 2.971 apature multi-spot metering No flash 35mm focal length: 45 -John Mason-Smith

Photo is of my local traffic roundabout taken this evening. 3 times 8 second exposure through fisheye lens. Nikkon Coolpix 8700 with Nikor FC-E9 fish eye. 3 images stitched together with PT Gui and polar coorindinated in photoshop. Slight gamma and color correction and tripod removal, otherwise untouched. -Jason Mayo

Basically I grabbed a bunch of me and my wife's gadgets and put them on the table. I shot a panorama of them with a Digital Rebel in AUTO mode. I ran the panorama stitch script in photoshop and followed the instructions on the website. I then use the blur tool to make where the two ends meet more wavvy. I then performed minor curve adjustments and brightened certain gadgets a bit within photoshop. -Eddie Stein

shot with a powershot sd630 The photo was taken from on top of CNN Center in downtown Atlanta from what use to be Ted Turners penthouse balcony. Not a bad view. I call it "planet hotlanta" which I believe is also a local strip club as well. -Andy Cohen

My Polar Panorama was done thanks to my Casio Exilim EX-Z60 and Photoshop. 12 images were merged together to create the base panorama of grand square. Cleanup took about 1-2 days after which I used rough panorama with the polar panorama filter. Finishing the image then took 2 more days and here it is. Settings on Exilim were pretty standard, no rigs or additional lenses were used in this project. Auto ISO, white balance set to sunny and multi-target focus. -Evie Cassidy

Canon T1i; 17-40 f/4L @ 23.8mm; ISO 100; 4 Photos I had never used the application Hugin before (which is great btw), so I wanted to give it a try. I stitched all of my photos together using it. I used Photoshop to do all of the other post processing. Getting this shot sucked due to the fact that it was literally 0 degrees where I was standing and there were constant winds of about 25mph! -Matt Ferri

This was a shot of the mixed use redevelopment of the old Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, TX which had been in operation from 1883 until 2001. Canon: EOS 5D MarkII Shutter Speed: 1/256 sec Aperture: F8 Focal Length 24mm ISO: 100 -Chris Stokes

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Lens: EFS 18-200 mm Post-production: Photoshop and Color Efex Pro 3.0 Location of the picture: Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Principe Felipe Science Museum, Valencia, Spain. The original picture was taken in my recent trip to Spain. I am amazed about the Calatrava's architecture designs. This is why i found interesting to explore the technique of "Polar Panoramas" with one of his projects. The original picture shows the main facade of the "Principe Science Museum", which has modular sections along the whole length of the building. After applying some radial blur and light effects in Photoshop, i used Color Efex Pro to add more dramatic color effects. -Juan Jimenez

Nikon D3S ISO 100 Lens: 85mm 1.4 Aperture: 3.5 Shutter: 1/13 Shot RAW and manipulated in Photoshop. The "Moon" is the texture of the wall behind the Lego pieces. Figured it would be fund to "bend" the rules a bit. -Barry M

Also, for those of you saying "I wish this was in a wallpaper", just go here: [Gizmodo Flickr]

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