Aviary Planet

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    This is my third stereographic projection. I took this in Balboa Park outside of the Botanical Garden.

    This image took about 216 pictures to make using my 18mm lens. I really wish that I had a good fish eye lens so that I could reduce that number to just 15 pictures if you count all of the pictures required to make it an HDR.

    A Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Fisheye Lens is now on my wish list and it would make my life much easier.

    I used Photomatix to batch process the HDRs.

    Then I used PTgui to make the equirectangular panorama.

    I used Flexify 2 plug-in for Photoshop to turn that equirectangular pano into a stereographic projection.

    Then I used Photoshop to touch up stuff.

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    1. Malcolm Parr 72 months ago | reply

      Candace, it's awesome how much artistry, skill and time you have injected into these images. Really impressive.

    2. Rick Insane Diego... 72 months ago | reply

      Awesomely cool. I have a fisheye and I make 360's with it. I use PTGui but don't have that plugin you refer to. I'll have to look into it.

      There's no place I'd rather be than in America's Finest City - San Diego, California

    3. Candace Van Assche 72 months ago | reply

      You can download Flexify 2 here:


      You can use it free for 30 days. I'm still using mine for free. I don't know how much it costs to buy it.

    4. Candace Van Assche 72 months ago | reply

      I made up a quick screen shot of how your settings should look like in Flexify to turn equirectangular shots into 'tiny planets.'


    5. ASHCROFT54 72 months ago | reply

      There's no place I'd rather be than in America's Finest City - San Diego, California

    6. alex-gtz 72 months ago | reply

      You first batch the HDRs with Photoshop?

      Great Planet... very nice colors.

    7. alex-gtz 72 months ago | reply

      Oh.. I saw Photomatix...

      You gave me a great idea... I always stitch the braketed panorama at PTgui... and use it to make the HDR in there....

      But I think is a great Idea to premake the HDR process with the separate images and then only us ptgui to stitch them.. . I think it will be easiest... Thanks I'm going to try this.

    8. Keenan Adams 72 months ago | reply

      IF IT TOOK YOU 216 SHOTS, you are doing something really wrong

    9. Candace Van Assche 72 months ago | reply

      I do not have a wide angle lens and since this is an HDR, I have to make multiple shots at different exposures. It requires a lot of shots.

      After I make the HDRs then I'm only actually stitching together 1/3 of the original number of shots.

      Also I should note that when I took these pictures, I had never processed a stereographic projection before. I did not know how much overlap I would need so I ended up overlapping at over 40%.

      Now that I've learned more about how to make these, I have been able to cut the number of shots required in half.

      My newest stereographic projection only look my 130 shots to make if you count all of the pictures required to make the HDRs.

    10. alex-gtz 71 months ago | reply

      For 18mm ... She need 38 bracketed shots with HDR 38X3 = 114

      Y don't know why you are using 216... But your result is great....

      Thank to you, I've change my workflow and improved it...

      I now use photomatix and make preHDR jpgs to stitch, then I replace them with the HDR files and got the work... thaks a lot

    11. DA.S. 70 months ago | reply

      amazing details in this shot!!!
      well done...

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    13. stevehekman 34 months ago | reply

      wow - just discovered your site - amazing - i do a lot of lanscape stuff around the world but not with the detail you have -

      i want to start working on world shots - been fish eye person for quite some time -what is the optimal program you stitch them all together - Photoshop or??

      you have a simply amazing collection -

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