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Interactive 360 panorama of Dunnottar Castle, Scotland
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Good job. I guess that you record a video in the same place at the same time
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DJI-Paladin Posted at 2016-7-28 07:48
Good job. I guess that you record a video in the same place at the same time

Thank you I rarely shoot video but since you asked the other day for video of the scenery, I did that for you As I type this, I'm standing alone on a Roman Fort on top of a hill on the middle of nowhere. An amazing contrast of technology. Might post it up later but apparently I have driven miles to find the only cloudy spot!
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DJI-Paladin Posted at 2016-7-28 07:48
Good job. I guess that you record a video in the same place at the same time

Oops I double posted! Ignore this one
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Very Nice Dude,
What Phantom Types How're You Using ?
and are u place the sky manualy?
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davidson_g Posted at 2016-7-28 15:28
Thank you  I rarely shoot video but since you asked the other day for video of the scenery, I di ...

Thanks for your sharing.
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sambangbronz Posted at 2016-7-28 08:33
Very Nice Dude,
What Phantom Types How're You Using ?
and are u place the sky manualy?

Thank you! I'm using a Phantom 4 for the ground imagery and a SLR camera on the ground to take the sky panorama. The panoramas are then joined together to make a complete 360 by 180.
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davidson_g Posted at 2016-7-28 16:34
Thank you! I'm using a Phantom 4 for the ground imagery and a SLR camera on the ground to take the ...

I have been shooting more panoramas my self and then stitching them in lightroom but have never thought to combine my DSLR and drone pics like your doing thats awesome
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davidson_g Posted at 2016-7-28 10:34
Thank you! I'm using a Phantom 4 for the ground imagery and a SLR camera on the ground to take the ...

wow, ok that sounds interesting. never thought of that.
how do you take those pictures? just 3-4 with wide angle lens?

thanks
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at what height did you take this pano? 70m?
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Sebb Posted at 2016-7-28 10:54
wow, ok that sounds interesting. never thought of that.
how do you take those pictures? just 3-4  ...

For speed I use a fisheye lens and shoot 6 images - just takes a few seconds!
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Sebb Posted at 2016-7-28 10:56
at what height did you take this pano? 70m?

It would have been around 70m - just enough to get a pleasing view of the castle.
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davidson_g Posted at 2016-7-28 13:20
For speed I use a fisheye lens and shoot 6 images - just takes a few seconds!

ok, and how do you stitch them together with aerials?
If you just add them to the bunch of Phantom pics and put them all into Auto Pano, then it wouldnt know how to stitch them, I assume?
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That is class, well done good job
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Sebb Posted at 2016-7-28 12:40
ok, and how do you stitch them together with aerials?
If you just add them to the bunch of Phantom ...

That's very true - as the sky/ground images are shot at differing times and viewpoints, they would likely not stitch. I treat the sky and ground panoramas as two separate panoramas and then blend the top half and bottom half together. This can be done in an image editor of you choice.

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hallmark007 Posted at 2016-7-28 13:15
That is class, well done good job

Thank you - that's kind of you to say! I'm lucky to have some nice scenery nearby.
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christiantinman Posted at 2016-7-28 09:57
I have been shooting more panoramas my self and then stitching them in lightroom but have never th ...

It's fun to try out different techniques. I've had plenty failures but learnt much from them!
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davidson_g Posted at 2016-7-29 00:50
It's fun to try out different techniques. I've had plenty failures but learnt much from them!

well this image is NUTS! really great great job. are you a UK local or shall i not step on toes and say Scottish local or just traveling there now.
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christiantinman Posted at 2016-7-28 23:26
well this image is NUTS! really great great job. are you a UK local or shall i not step on toes an ...

You're too kind! It's nice to know that the work involved is appreciated as I spend a silly amount of time working on them, motivated by the desire to show beauty that might otherwise be taken for granted or even go unnoticed, even by the locals.

I'm a Scotsman happy to be in the UK
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davidson_g Posted at 2016-7-28 14:17
That's very true - as the sky/ground images are shot at differing times and viewpoints, they would ...

thanks, i ll give it a shot!
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Sebb Posted at 2016-7-29 14:22
thanks, i ll give it a shot!

I forgot to mention - ensure the final image has a 2:1 aspect ratio (e.g. 10000 by 5000 pixels) otherwise it might not be recognised as an equirectangular panorama (360 by 180) by some sites.
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davidson_g Posted at 2016-7-29 15:33
I forgot to mention - ensure the final image has a 2:1 aspect ratio (e.g. 10000 by 5000 pixels) ot ...

thanks for the heads up!

and while i m at it - how do you get it to be part of Google maps? did that work through Pandora??EDIT: nevermind, figured it out!

i only managed to upload to Google photos, but as you can see, it leaves a small round hole at the bottom
https://goo.gl/photos/KeHDUdULEHtit7et5
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Sebb Posted at 2016-7-29 15:42
thanks for the heads up!

and while i m at it - how do you get it to be part of Google maps? did th ...

A good start!

I'm not sure why there is a small hole at the bottom but it may be related to the sky not being complete (hence the much bigger hole at the top). Autopano embeds information in the resulting file that helps the pano viewer on the webpage know how to display it. Cropping the image afterwards can have unexpected results.
My aerial panoramas usually end up 50% ground and 50% sky with the horizon dead centre. Uploading partial panoramas to some sites can give odd results as their renderer tries to deal with missing sections.

[Edit] I managed to download your image and can see the panorama data embedded - there's a vertical discrepancy in size of 45 pixels which could account for that black hole. I wonder if you cropped the image in photoshop or similar before uploading it. That can cause issues and Autopano's embedded data won't account for the cropping that took place afterwards. If you wish to crop a panorama, it's best to do the cropping inside Autopano.

There's a tutorial below which will give you some more pointers....

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Stunning, what a beautiful image!
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SkyGround Produ Posted at 2016-7-29 17:30
Stunning, what a beautiful image!

Thank you - glad you liked it!
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Wow! I took a picture of Dunnottar Castle recently with my P3S, but that is outstanding
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justinking58 Posted at 2016-7-30 18:52
Wow! I took a picture of Dunnottar Castle recently with my P3S, but that is outstanding

Really glad you liked it! It's a beautiful location which I've photographed conventionally over the years but was running out of fresh angles. The drone has been inspiring some new material
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Very nice!
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Thank you!
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Beautiful surround picture. Did you use a filter on the camera lens? The images are very crisp.
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Ayo Posted at 2016-8-29 08:00
Beautiful surround picture. Did you use a filter on the camera lens? The images are very crisp.

Thank you I didn't use any filters but picked a beautiful morning for the flight  - we get some fantastic skies and light from time to time.
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Hi Davidson,
you have made a very nice panorama.

However, I have question, How was you able to upload you panorama into Google Maps ?

Thank you
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Ladislav Posted at 2016-8-31 12:02
Hi Davidson,
you have made a very nice panorama.

Thank you

If you search for a named place in Google maps that has a existing place marker (marker pin), you'll see that there is a row of photos along the bottom (you might need to click the little arrow icon near the bottom right to show the picture bar). If you scroll to the end, there usually an option to "add photo". I uploaded mine as a 360 by 180 equirectangular image (10000 by 5000 pixels)

Hope that helps!
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Awesome photo thanks for sharing.  I see there's a wind farm off in the distance have you done any flying there yet?  Another place that 360° might be cool.
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MicroFPV Posted at 2016-8-31 19:42
Awesome photo thanks for sharing.  I see there's a wind farm off in the distance have you done any f ...

Glad you liked it!

I've got permission from a landowner to fly at their wind farm but not had the opportunity to visit and assess the risks. A windless day with blue skies would be ideal!
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