I have been bitten by the panorama bug. This last few days I have been looking at all of the open source software for creating 360 degree panoramas. Apart from looking really cool I can see many education applications and envisage embedding 360 degree panoramas into blogs and wikis.
I have been out and about trying to create 360×180 panorama of images with my 18mm lens to then put into Hugin for it to stitch it together. It is no mean feat for it to do and so far I have only managed to create a cylindrical panorama and not a full spherical one. Once the stitching process has been learnt and understood, I will then move on to use the enblend360 utility which creates a composite image from three different exposures of the same images in order to get a uniform exposure. Finally, when this has all happened I will then be able to produce a ‘rectilinear’ image for submission to 360cities and inclusion into their collection for embedding into Google Earth. However to reach that exalted state I have to submit three rectilinear images, so I had better get cracking. My three images will be panoramas of Auckland, and my first one will be from the top of one of the cones and am still working on the others at the moment. In the meantime take a look at the different embedded panoramas below.