Panorama of Times Square New Year's 2004

posted by Jason Kottke Jan 01, 2004

Panorama of Times Square New Year's 2004.

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Bard EdlundJan 01, 2004 at 12:41PM

Spectacular. Much better than being there (although I live blocks away). Interesting note: How many white people do you see compared to other skincolors?

dtettoJan 01, 2004 at 1:08PM

Out of curiosity that's been bugging me for a long time, how do they put those together? My digicam has a panorama feature, so I understand the basic concept, but when I take panoramas there can't be any movement or the seams become quite apparent. Add to my bafflement the ability to look straight up and straight down (especially this shot). So how do you get such a perfect split second shot of Times Square, New Year's Eve? A lot of selective Photoshop healing?

daveJan 01, 2004 at 2:08PM

It's a special fisheye lens. Photo here:

!ianus kellerJan 02, 2004 at 4:16AM

Jook Leung is actually very special in the way he makes his panorama's. Where most people use tripods and other aids to match the different photographs, Jook just shoots them out of his hand. The stitching work is therefore very hard and he is quite a good (and apparently fast) stitcher.

dtettoJan 02, 2004 at 5:18AM

Thanks dave and ianus -- having poked around panoramas.dk in search of an explanation before, I now see Jook's method is entirely described had I just scrolled down a bit on the link in question (text + full screen panorama => hidden in plain sight).

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