Martin_Kulhavy

Gigapixel and telescopic mast panoramas

Based in UK Birmingham, originally from the Czech Republic.

Usual equipment:
Canon 5D Mark II + 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L II or Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Manfrotto 303SPH head
Telescopic mast 12.5m

Used Software:
PTGui (or PTAssembler on earlier work)
Photoshop for final correction (curves and sharpening)
Uploaded to Photosynth from Photoshop plug-in.

more photos on (in HDview):
www.martin.kulhavy.info


Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle
soniq.andy (5 months ago)
Great ;)

Yenda66 (6 months ago)
Superb quality ! Very nice.

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Keswick sunset
Keswick sunset
littlehorn (5 months ago)
unbelievably attractive.. awesome panorama!

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Tarn Haws 3
Tarn Haws 3
Martin_Kulhavy (6 months ago)
Nice place and good light is critical. I use long focal lengths (200mm) to get such high resolution. I have Manfrotto 303SPH panoramic head to get the right overlap. I usually take between 100-500 shots for a panorama in about 5-8 rows. I use Ptgui for stitching and Photoshop for final adjustments. It usually takes me about 15-30 minutes to take the photos, but then about 5-10 hours to stitch it on my PC.

DonnyG (6 months ago)
How do you take such a perfect pano

camy_corrine (8 months ago)
amazing!

Yury_B (8 months ago)
Great job!

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Malvern
Malvern
Martin_Kulhavy (6 months ago)
Thank you. I use PTGui for stitching. To speed up the process I slice the final panorama in PTgui into several stripes and I merge them in Photoshop. I use the Photosynth Photoshop upload plug-in to save the final panorama to photosynth.net

Michael1943 (6 months ago)
Hi Martin, how the hell do you get BIG pictures ?. Any more than 20 megs,my PC throws me out.. I have wandered the Malverns many times. great pics,

Bwet (Over 1 year ago)
Genius sir. How do you have such clarity when you zoom in? All of your pics are phenomenal. I'm iPhone 4S and its nothing compare to this.

valzart (Over 1 year ago)
Thxz for this fabulous view - a 5 ***** fave ;~} Valz

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Poppy Field
Poppy Field
Martin_Kulhavy (6 months ago)
I have just saved 360 from different location: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=76c45ff6-d49c-466a-b11f-47f878405991 I can provide you RAW files of this pano, but they are 6.5GB. Any ideas how to deliver?

slyvester (6 months ago)
Great shot! By any chance u have the 360? And would u mind giving me the raw data for learning purposes?

flyinhawaiian843 (7 months ago)
Nice

Martin_Kulhavy (8 months ago)
It must be blurry, since refocusing for each individual image wouldn't work for these distances and focal lengths. I prefer to keep foreground blurry than having stitching errors due to the different focus distances.

Sergiusz.Olszewski (8 months ago)
Maybe it's 4.73 GPX, but at the bottom it's completely blurry.

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Trebon
Trebon
phosynth1 (6 months ago)
?LY

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Malvern Hills sunset
Malvern Hills sunset
Arghtonyrgoth (7 months ago)
wow, gourgious picture... i can keep looking at it without getting bored :)

nazogema (Over 1 year ago)
Wow, I haven't been there in like 25 yrs. It's just as beautiful as I remember it!

astrotutor (Over 1 year ago)
Inspirational

andy0705 (Over 1 year ago)
=)

Lassehybo (Over 1 year ago)
Like a fairyland. Really good timing with the sun.

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Jindrichuv Hradec
Jindrichuv Hradec
faint (8 months ago)
好清楚啊

Ardennais0838 (Over 1 year ago)
Digne d'un professionel, fantastique !

warpafx (Over 1 year ago)
Ah, now I see it is in the highlights. Well done.

warpafx (Over 1 year ago)
Clocktower on horizon, just left of center - there is a woman there pointing a camera right at you! LOL

REDVWIN (Over 1 year ago)
EXTREME!!!

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Derwent Water 2
Derwent Water 2
Shelly1965 (10 months ago)
Great picture and cracking use of detailed zoom.

dragondrop (10 months ago)
This is wonderful! Love the gyrocopters!

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Malvern - spring edition 2
Malvern - spring edition 2
panoramasam3 (Over 1 year ago)
That is insane! It's the biggest photosynth I've found!

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
The unlayered PSB file is 10.2GB large.

Lieutenant (Over 1 year ago)
This photo you spliced ​​into the PSB document how much capacity?

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
Sorry, I don't understand. How much of what?

Lieutenant (Over 1 year ago)
Hi,Martin,535 panorama photo stitching document how much?

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Broadway from Broadway Tower
Broadway from Broadway Tower
panoramasam3 (Over 1 year ago)
That is incredible quality. Kudos to you!

MagiView (Over 1 year ago)
This again is a masterpiece, Martin. Congratulations! Favorited...

JohnWKnight (Over 1 year ago)
Absolutely awesome. I wonder where the limit is on how large these panoramas can get.

andreamorgen (Over 1 year ago)
Hello world, I am new at this page, who can show me some interessting pics about genetic themes, or some like this.

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
There is relation between the resolution (in GPix) and the size (in GB), but the size also depends on other things, like compression, whether the file is saved layered on unlayered, ...You can easily estimate the resolution of the panorama by: (number of photos) x (one photo resolution) x 0.7 (overlap).

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Prague
Prague
komarov.info (Over 1 year ago)
fantastic work!! thanks man!

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
I still have couple to upload, stay tuned...

douglas (Over 1 year ago)
The quality of the imagery is fantastic, keep these excellent panos coming :)

jorgt64 (Over 1 year ago)
Beautifull City .

hd_pano (Over 1 year ago)
excellent quality

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Malvern 4
Malvern 4
bridge8698 (Over 1 year ago)
Amazing!

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Birmingham
Birmingham
Strannik33rus (Over 1 year ago)
Cool

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Cheltenham
Cheltenham
MagiView (Over 1 year ago)
Superb as usual, Martin. Favorited!

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Malvern
Malvern
Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
In PTGui, tab: "Image parameters" you can enter yaw, pitch and roll manually. For this panorama for parameters were: image no-yaw-pitch 0-0-90 1-0-60 2-30-60 3-60-60 4-90-60 ... 12-330-60 13-0-30 14-20-30 ... 30-340-30 31-0-0 I knew the coordinates, because I programmed the head to take to photos at these coordinates.

Lieutenant (Over 1 year ago)
I did not understand what you say, how in PTGUI manual input parameters, say 4 "sky" photo, there is no reference to already know the pitch angle of the photo, and the left and right angles, how to splice?This problem has not been resolved, as long as there is no reference in the "sky" photo, these "sky" can not be spliced​​.

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
I entered the parameters (yaw, pitch, roll) in PTGUI manually. For ground shots I use Manfrotto 303SPH with 5 degree steps, so I know that the intervals in yaw must be 5 degrees. This example is taken from the mast with Orion robotised head. I set up the coordinates for the robotised sequence on PC (1 overhead shot, 12 shots at 60 degree latitude, 18 shots at 30 degree latitude) so again I know exactly the parameters for PTGUI. The is some small inaccuracy, but this is not a problem on the sky since there are no objects there.

Lieutenant (Over 1 year ago)
Hi,Martin,Beautiful sky, how you do it, is directly spliced ​​with PTGUI, or PHOTOSHOP patch?I've tried, this did not reference the "sky" like stitching up.

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Blea Tarn 2
Blea Tarn 2
Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
Sorry, can help you here, I have never created that large PSB file. My biggest file is 12GB and there were no problems. I suppose that you have 64 bit Windows.

Lieutenant (Over 1 year ago)
Hi,Martin,I have a 30.2G PSB files, can not be used in photoshop cs5 plugin upload to Photosynth website, and you know why?

MagiView (Over 1 year ago)
I use ICE for stitching: it's fast, easy to use, allows shooting with auto exposure and white balance - I find it just GREAT!

Lieutenant (Over 1 year ago)
Hi,Martin,I PSB save the use PTGUI, files modified PHOTOSHOP CS5 Save for PSB file, the file size small lot, a 22.6GB file, modify the dump only 7.69GB, do not know why,There is no way to fix it? Now what stitching software is relatively easy to use, strong function?

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
There is only a little you can do with clarity, the weather is the key. If the visibility is poor that I don't the panorama. Sometimes I wait for months, to get good conditions (England is not the best for this). There should be only small stitching error when using tripod and long focal length. It is useful to check the control points in Ptgui manually. I usually take couple hundreds of photos, with 20Mpix per photo the result is easily over 2 GPix. Do don't refocus. I focus at start on hyperfocal length, check the focus for infinity and then I switch to manual focus so the camera doesn't refocus.

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Farm
Farm
MagiView-Liege (Over 1 year ago)
Again, a magnificient 360° pano. Congratulations, Martin. Favorited!

mwidner (Over 1 year ago)
Outstanding example!! Well done!

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Tarn Haws 2
Tarn Haws 2
red.dirt.nurse (Over 1 year ago)
Awesome!

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
Click "Edit this panorama" and then on the right side "Highlights".

housej (Over 1 year ago)
How did you get the close ups we can click on the side?

jrjlab (Over 1 year ago)
Magnificent! Amazing detail and so sharp.

MagiView (Over 1 year ago)
Very spectacular, Martin. Favorited!

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Malvern
Malvern
MagiView (Over 1 year ago)
Beautiful, Martin. Favorited!

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Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
MagiView (Over 1 year ago)
Superb, Martin. Favorited!

STLShutterbug (Over 1 year ago)
This image is awesome! - Can't wait to get some images stitched together like this myself. Love the detail!

mrjimmyc (Over 1 year ago)
My bad, should have read your comment above lol

mrjimmyc (Over 1 year ago)
Thats a wicked picture! how did you get it so straight?

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
I used the Manfrotto 303SPH panoramic head. The head has a scale, so I could move the camera in 5 degree angle to get the right overlap for the 200mm lens.

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Malvern
Malvern
Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
Canon 5D Mark II with Sigma 50mm @ f/8. Total number of shots is 79.

arun27_ (Over 1 year ago)
what did you take this on? (camera)

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
Yes, I have cloned them out. It was not that difficult, since the ground is quite simple.

David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
I'm impressed that you managed to get the guide ropes out of the panorama. Did you have to edit them out?

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Malvern - spring edition 3
Malvern - spring edition 3
David0983 (Over 1 year ago)
Very nice.

MagiView (Over 1 year ago)
Super as usual, Martin. Congratulations again! I have favorited it. Jacques

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
I'll try to be brief. It is normal multi-row panoramic photo, you should be able to do this with "normal" equipment. 1) taking photos: You need a tripod. Panoramic head is better, but for these photos in not necessary. Take photos in multiple rows, keep about 20% overlap. The longer focal length the higher resolution. Start on about 50mm, once you have the experience, you can increase it. This pano is taken at 200mm; 6 rows, 45 columns. It is better to take portrait format (you get more sky). 2) Stitching. I use PtGui, but there are many other softwares doing the same work (Autopano, Hugin). There are plenty manuals for the programs. 3) stripes method. For these extreme large panoramas I use "stripe" method. I would take ages in Ptgui to create full pano in one go. I create several overlaping stripes (about 10 for this pano) and then I merge them together in Photoshop. If you have more question, feel free to ask me.

Rob1982 (Over 1 year ago)
Amaizing! How did you do it? Can you help me, or where can i found a manual? thank your Awesome work!

mt1202 (Over 1 year ago)
You did an excellent job. I can only imagine how much work it was...congrats!

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Slavonice
Slavonice
Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
I got it now. I am standing in the darkest place under the candlestick. I have cut some parts of the robotised head couple days ago, so the footprint will be much more smaller next time.

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
I have used 12.5m high telescopic mast with robotised head.

Javier_Ancalle (Over 1 year ago)
I am enjoying your synths. Great job! Where are you standing on this one?

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
Orion head is modified astronomic mount. You can find more details here: http://www.autopano.net/wiki-en/action/view/PapyMerlin_FAQ and on the forum here: (http://www.autopano.net/forum/f20-motorized-panohead-project-merlin,orion-papywizard)

DanGo2001 (Over 1 year ago)
where can I buy?

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Battle of Lincoln
Battle of Lincoln
HarasPlessis (Over 1 year ago)
Just amazing! One of my favorites...

MagiView-Liege (Over 1 year ago)
Once again, Martin, you've published one of the TOP panos of this website! I have "favorited" it...

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
I used PtGui, which was quite useful here due to the masking abilities. There was quite lot of work in Photoshop to fit all the planes, the background was quite different. I know that the result is not perfect, but this photo didn't require perfect result. Usually my panoramas aren't 360 because there are not many places with interesting 360 degree views. I prefer to take interesting 180 in higher resolution rather than "boring" 360.

Lieutenant (Over 1 year ago)
What tools do you use to splicing, recommended a number of useful tools to me, thank! Why I stitching photos are not up to your work definition? And why do you work now is not 360 degrees?

Lieutenant (Over 1 year ago)
Martin, your work is too beautiful! I would like to ask how people scene splicing, the location of each person in the photo may not.

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Telc 2
Telc 2
Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
It is very stable. I have just checked the optimiser results and average error is just over 1 pixel with maximum of 3 pixels, so no extra errors due to the wind. You can actually see that there are almost no stitching errors. I always used guide ropes.

Clockarium (Over 1 year ago)
Thank you for the tip, Martin. This is something to try. Is it really very stable?

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
It is 12.5m high telescopic mast. I order it from here: http://www.totalmastsolutions.com/ Some details about the mast are here: http://www.kolor.com/forum/t10173-12.5m-telescopic-mast

MagiView (Over 1 year ago)
Superb, Martin. I just added it to my favorites! Just a question: what sort of telescopic mast did you get? Did you rent it? Jacques

Jan.Vegso (Over 1 year ago)
Perfect!

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Malvern - spring edition 1
Malvern - spring edition 1
HarasPlessis (Over 1 year ago)
Superb, Martin. I have favorited it!

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
Yes, in May / June, half of the fields get yellow from rapeseed. It mostly used to produce biodiesel.

David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
I love these shots of yours in clear days of every season! Is that rape/canola over on the right?

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Langdale Peaks, Lake District
Langdale Peaks, Lake District
MagiView (Over 1 year ago)
Fabulous, Martin. Remarkably crisp. I have added it to my favorites! Jacques

AngelesCrest (Over 1 year ago)
Very nice. Wish I had your glass... Please keep em coming.

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
I have used Canon 5D Mark II with EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II at 200mm and f/8. The total number of photos is 363. I have used Manfrotto 303SPH panoramic head to keep the 5 degree movement. I am glad that you like the photos, it is the reason why I have this hobby.

CoolJRT (Over 1 year ago)
What camera do you use to take these? Your panoramas are amazing! I've never even heard of a gigapixel until I found your panoramas. Great job.

David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
The result is fantastic Martin. Great to see all the great pnos you have been uploading recently. We're going to feature your work on our Home page next week I think. Follow @Photosynth to hear when it happens.

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Great Malvern
Great Malvern
Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
Yes, I think that this is the best pano from Malvern. I visited the hills about 3 times waiting for perfect visibility. Luckily the place is only 45 minutes from my house. I would like to do a Spring edition now, but the weather last 3 weeks is terrible.

MagiView (Over 1 year ago)
Superb, Martin! Incredible resolution. I have "fovorited" it. Would you say this is the best of your Great Malvern panos?

GigaView (Over 1 year ago)
Martin, truly an incredible view, well captured.

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Blea Tarn
Blea Tarn
Aluronny (Over 1 year ago)
nice

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Great Malvern 3 - morning
Great Malvern 3 - morning
mattu (Over 1 year ago)
Hi Martin. Very well executed - as always.

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Lincoln
Lincoln
sistemas (Over 1 year ago)
felicidades

sistemas (Over 1 year ago)
pulenta la aplicacion

danielapernett (Over 1 year ago)
que chevere

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Prague 2
Prague 2
Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
I am happy to help you. I don't have any general rule which will always create great panorama. You can ask me here or email me on martinkulhavy@seznam.cz

Renniegal (Over 1 year ago)
Very nice! I have a project to do and can you give me come information on how to make a nice one?

Ajnabi (Over 1 year ago)
very nice compose i like IQBAL Ajnabi

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Vydri 2
Vydri 2
coplandphoto (Over 1 year ago)
very good!

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Krumvald
Krumvald
GinnyC (Over 1 year ago)
This is what its all about. Very well done. Hope I can get as good as this.

Ardennais0838 (Over 1 year ago)
Magnifique, même les teintes du ciel sont superbes.

Naaaaaaaaaaatalie_ (Over 1 year ago)
perfect

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Jindrichuv Hradec, Nezarka
Jindrichuv Hradec, Nezarka
Ardennais0838 (Over 1 year ago)
Vos photosynths sont magnifiques, félicitations. Cordialement, ardennais0838

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Telc
Telc
MikeHRS (Over 1 year ago)
Perfect. My favourite man, you're awesome ;)

GiovanniB (Over 1 year ago)
Great photosynth. Absolutely enjoyable. Giovanni B.

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Tarn Hows
Tarn Hows
ama_neden (Over 1 year ago)
Excellent, like i'm there

StephenDarlington (Over 1 year ago)
Amazing. Used to go here a lot when I was younger. Still my favourite place in the Lake District.

giddyass (Over 1 year ago)
I was doing a presentation to my local Computer Club and used your image as a demo of Photosynth - many thanks in hindsight, an excellent image!

Spectrum2400 (Over 1 year ago)
Very nice!

Martin_Kulhavy (Over 1 year ago)
I used Orion head on a 12.5m mast. More details here: http://www.autopano.net/forum/t10173-12.5m-telescopic-mast

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Japan Alps - Kamikochi
Japan Alps - Kamikochi
David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
Love the Fall Colors! Glorious.

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