On Saturday I went to Bruce Peak (where the antenna farms are located) and shot a 184° panorama of the vista, from Gabriola Island to the north to Sidney Island to the South, with Salt Spring Island in the foreground and the Coast Mountains and Vancouver in the background.

Play with the control buttons, zoom in and out. Use the Full-Screen button


Click HERE to see the panorama


Technical note:

300mm lens, Nikon D700 body, f10, 1/400sec. manual exposure.


The panorama is Stitched from 196 photos, taken in 4 rows of 49 images separated by 3.5°. Stitching all 200 images together created a giant 7 gigabyte image that was reduced after processing to a 352 Mb of over 4000 "tiles" that were uploaded to the server. The server will only deliver what is necessary to fill the screen with the best resolution available. With slow connections it may take a few seconds to fill the screen.


If the entire panorama were to be printed at 300 dots per inch, it will be over 24 feet (7 meters) long.

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Comment by Uri Cogan on July 16, 2011 at 9:31pm

Well, I found an "easter egg" in that gigapixel image that I took from Mt. Bruce - an airplane on the runway at the Vancouver International Airport! It's in the haze, but clearly visible!

And... oh yes, I got rid of the concavity of the horizon. I had to re-render the panorama in krpano (www.krpano.com) as "flat", not "cylindrical".

Comment by Cliff Kelly on July 14, 2011 at 11:18pm
Wonderful Panorama and wonderful web site. The detail is so clear when you magnify and the 184 degree sweep is just magnificent. Thank you so much for steering me to your site.
Comment by Uri Cogan on July 12, 2011 at 10:34am


Yes, Apple dropped support for Flash in its iOS system for mobile devices and iPhones; other operating systems for mobile devices and smartphones appear to be ok with Flash but I'm not totaly sure.

For compatibility with Apple devices I need to buy and install a special JavaScript file into my "viewer" application (Krpano). I do have another "viewer" application (Pano2VR) that is already capable of creating HTML5/CSS3 but I need to learn a bit more how to use it; the previous version of the Mt. bruce panorama had some problems with some tiles not downloading fast enough.

PS: software. I use PTGui Pro for stitching, Pano2VR or Krpano for creating the actual pano, and Pleinpot for HTML page creation, and of course Photoshop CS5 for image quality.

Comment by Uri Cogan on July 12, 2011 at 9:12am

Thanks. While shooting I thought that I'd captured a hawk in one of the shots, no luck.

To Doug - yes, some of the tiles took a long time to load, so I switched versions and all seems ok now. I also included an option to change the way the cursor dragging operates - more like an iPad, or iPhone. The panorama is not perfect - I notice some concavity at the horizon; I will try to find the cause & correct it later

Regrettably these Flash panoramas are not compatible with these iOS mobile devices - Eventually I'll have to convert all my stuff to HTML5/CSS3.

Comment by Margaret C. Benmore on July 12, 2011 at 8:28am
Uri -- this is wonderful  - you really are the Master...  it's fun finding friends houses and other interesting things... thanks for sharing.. MCB

August minutes

Pierre introduced the new team who will help shape the Club in the future.

Simon Henson

Larry Citra

Maggie Vancik

Roger Brooks

Maureen Milburn

Ellen Vesterdal

Justene Tedder

Plus returning executive members:

Pat Page

Kahsia Hartwell

Wendy Rosier

Anna McColm

This group will infuse some new energy and direction into the Club. Feedback from club members indicates that people would like more interactive educational activities (workshops, classes, small field trips etc.) and maybe a schedule of educational opportunities ahead of time so that people can plan to attend.

The Victoria Camera Club has an external speaker every month and are willing to share their list of speakers so we can participate, at a cost of $5 a person. The club has funds to cover this at the moment. This would require using the  Zoom format (which has worked so well during this Pandemic).

Club meetings will resume in October, giving this new group time to work out their ideas for new directions.

Some people are cautious about in person meetings (because of health issues) and others are ready and able to jump back in. Maybe in person meetings and Zoom meetings can co-exist. Something to talk about.

Maureen has offered to look into a monthly newsletter with, possibly, more coverage than the website offers such as emails, using facebook etc.

Avril would like to see an improved use of the website: more posts, more comments, more helpful critiquing. We might need a refresher course to remind us how to give constructive feedback.

Doug has a show about Covid in September at the library -  in the Community Program Room. He will give a talk on September 7th at Noon. This will be previously unseen material, not the triptychs we have seen on the website.

Photosynthesis has a virtual show coming up, starting on August 31st. Some club members also belong to this photography group.

There is no theme yet for the photography challenge in October but when that is decided it will be communicated to everyone.


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