Nikon D90.
Photoshop CS4
13 Shots.
Skeet Shooting.
Took a shitload of pictures, let photoshop do its thing. -Sam Hutto

-Kevin Scott

Canon Power Shot A520
ISO: 200
6 Shot Panorama -Scott Alberts

Please find attached to this email, my submission to this months "Polar Panorama" photography contest. My submission shows my neighbourhood Cato Street in London. It has been taken with a Nikon D700 and a Nikon 14-24mm lens at ISO50. -Dominic Kamp

I'm currently in a class to learn a bit more about photography. I took this picture while I was out practicing my panning by shooting cars that drove by on a local street.
I used a Canon Rebel XTi
3 Second Exposure
18-55mm Lens
ISO 100
I used photoshop CS3 to make the polar panorama and tweak the picture a bit. -Luke Parris

Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm
ISO: 800
Tripod Used
7 individual images stitched together to create initial panorama -Tom Cooke

Hi guys, here is a polar panoramic of Sydney harbor. This was not done with a 360 degree pano as I thought the merging walkway in the center of the image was also representative of the shape of one of the shells of the Sydney Opera House. The pano was originally taken with a Sony Cybershot DSC-T1 as I didn't have my Canon T1i with me for this trip : ( and then stitched together using MS ICE. I then did the rest of the work in photoshop. -Carlos Aya

Image was captured New Years Eve. Consisted of a panning series of shots of a particularly large fire.
Image modified for contest using Gimp 2.0 on 4 Feb 2010, 0620 am (Tokyo Time) -Nathan Thompson

Shot taken today, at about 1:30PM in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I use a Pentax K-7 with a 10-17mm FISHEYE at 10mm, ISO 100, manual exposure and focus.
6 shots using a panoramic tripod head and a very small tripod about 1 foot off the ground, plus one handheld strait down where the tripod was. I use PTGui to stitch the 6 images into an equirectangular image. In Photoshop I change image size is change so that it is square, 1:1, then rotate the canvas 180˚, and apply the polar coordinates filter. I then use the floor shot to patch up the hole in the ground. Adjust some brightness/contrast and viola! I also use PTGui to make stereographic projections, but I actually prefer the polar coordinate method 90% of the time. -James Craven

Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Tamron 28-135
ISO: 500
Exposure: 1/250
Location: Seattle, WA
I had gone out shooting trying to emulate the look of old contrasty but yet washed out photos of boats I had seen all over the harbor and its various shops and thought it would make an interesting juxtaposition using a new technique with an old look. Taken in the Ballard Harbor. -Tyler Yates

London Eye
Canon SD940IS -Chris Grassi

Subject: Denali, Alaska
Built from 9 photos
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 18mm (27mm /35mm equiv.)
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter Speed: 1/250
As you can obviously tell by climate, I broke rule 2 because I'm a
college student and don't have time to go out and take photos, but I
did want to test my hand at the challenge! -Isaac Chambers

Nikon D200
Lens - Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8
ISO - 100
Shutter speed 0.8 sec -Kjeld Mahoney

Taken with fuji finepix s1000 fd -Corey Menozzi

Shot with the Olympus 1030-SW from gondola at Busch Garden's Florida. Nothing fancy. -Zac Wallace

This is a picture of the skyline of Manhattan. I used my Gorillapod to shoot it from New Jersey close to the Hyatt hotel. It really is a good place to go if you are in Manhattan to capture the skyline. The camera I used was just a canon IXUS 75. I set the exposure time at 10 seconds, ISO on 80, fstop on f/2.8. I stitched them together in Photoshop and created the effect. -Jeroen Coelen

This photo was taken at the Philadelphia Center city. The photo covers the city hall ( left ), the municipal building, a few sky scrapers, and the historic masonic Temple ( right). I stood on the traffic island at the intersection of Broad and JFK streets, and took this 360 degree panorama. Far away, you can see a little bit of the comcast center. I LOVE the large display at the comcast center. It is beyond being a DISPLAY. The day after it snows a little bit, the sky always is clear devoid of any clouds ( if it shines next day ).So, took a HDR panorama, not to miss the blue blue blue sky. 3 exposures per frame,shot in AV mode, then blended to form a single HDR image. The blended HDRs were made with photomatix.Photomatix input - RAW images, and the output in 16 bit tiffs. The 360 degree image was created by blending 54 such individual HDRs in Autopano Giga and exported as psd,into Photoshop CS4.A little bit of curves correction and unsharp mask on selective areas to kick in some clarity.
Taken with a EOS 500d
Aperture: f/10
Focal Length: 18mm
Lens : EF-s 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Av mode:
Shutter speed:
Exposure 1: 1/30 sec
Exposure 2: 1/80 sec
Exposure 3: 1/13 sec
162 exposures, converted to 54 individual HDRs, Manfrotto 3046 video tripod with nodal ninja 3 tripod head. I had to wait till there was no traffic, while taking individual pictures, It took me a while and several attempts to eliminate moving cars / people all together. Ah ! Philadelphia ! Flippadelphia ! -Sandeepsarma Josyula

Canon EF 15mm f2.8
RAW-images at
Tv 1/400
Av 8.0
ISO 400
Manfrotto Panohead 303SPH on Manfrotto tripod
DXO (for RAW to jpg)
Stitcher: PTGui
Retouche in Photoshop
Karlsruhe Palace in Southern Germany -Carsten Rees

I leave my office right around sunset everyday and park on the top of a garage in the middle of downtown Charleston, SC. I saw a particularly nice sunset and pulled out my basic point and shoot (Sony Cybershot DSC-W50) and took a series of 5 pictures to stitch into a panoramic. After creating the Polar Panorama, I merely adjusted the brightness so that the buildings would show more detail.
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-W50
F-stop: f/5
Exposure time: 1/200 sec.
ISO Speed: ISO-80
Focal length: 16mm
Flash: None -David Crosby

Material : Canon EOS30 + solar cream
Soft : Photoshop -Greg Panayotou

Nikon D40 with a 18-55mm lens. Shot on top of St. Mary's Square Garage in Chinatown San Francisco. -Robert Molina

Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: 18-55mm
f-stop: 5.3
ISO: 200
Post Processing: Other than the polar process, I adjusted the levels
on the land and clouds to brighten and darken respectively. The
swirling shape you see is caused by the clouds just after a heavy
rain. the sun was beginning to break through as I shot the scene. To
make the picture more interesting, I transformed part of the cloud
form to make the shape more oval than perfectly circular. -Jeremy Sandlin

The image I shot was of Old Rag Mountain located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.
The foreground and core of the polar image is a snow covered field. With the unusually excessive
amounts of snow we've had this winter, I thought this image best represents where I'm from and therefore
my "polar world".
Date: 02/04/2010 @ 4pm
Camera: Nikon D200
ISO: 100
Mode: Manual
Shutter Speed: 1/30th
Aperture: f/11
Lens: 50mm 1.4 Nikon
Shot on a Manfrotto tripod. -Bryan K. Wynacht

These pictures were taken on a Nikon D60 with kit 18-55 VR Nikkor lens. The shots were taken with an ISO of 100, f/8, and 2 second exposure. I used a tripod. The photos were developed in Lightroom 2, made into a panorama with Hugin, then circularized with GIMP.
The location is the top of Federal Hill in the Inner Harbour of Baltimore and the view is of the harbor/downtown (top of photo) and the residential neighborhoods in Fed Hill (Bottom of photo). They were taken on 2/4/2010 at ~20:00. -Josh Harris

First time doing any type of polar shot, so i really didnt edit much, as you can tell that the shades of light are off on each shot, but i thought this shot was cool, anyways i use the canon 50D, and i was using a 100mm macro lens, with a shutter speed of 1.6 seconds, an f/stop of 10, i had 5 needles lined up in kinda like an arrow, took 5 separate shots, i used photoshop to edit them -Jordan Mudrack

Shot at Huntington Beach Pier with Nikon D2H with 17-35mm 2.8 lens. ISO 200 -Kevin Boutwell

Title: Ponte Occhio
Camera: GF1
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 50 sec
Location: Florence, Italy (Ponte Vecchio)
Taken: Feb 4, 2010 -Chris Keating

My aspect ratio of my panorama is not 2560x1600. I take my panoramas at 2:1
Canon 5D w/ 15mm Fish-Eye lens and custom panoramic head. ISO 800. -Timothy Scahill

So I didn't actually create this from a panorama, it was just a single still that I thought adapted well for this. Close to my apartment there's this concrete wall, and far behind that wall is a big satellite dish and some wintery dead trees atop a small hill. I framed it so the hill and the base of all the trees were hidden behind the wall. Also, in post I worked to make the edges match up BEFORE the whole polar coordinates process because I figured it would be easier that way. Et voilà.
Panasonic GF1
ISO 100
20mm -David Forsythe

CoolPix point and shoot. Full Auto mode with no flash. -Adam Balsam

Olympus e-600
ISO 100
35-80mm Kit Lens
Used nothing but photoshop to stitch together the panoramas. Thanks Sarah for the help! -Patrick Spencer

It was definitely tough to find a shot where the edges would match up.
I began with three photos, and used photomerge to create the panoramic.
Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
ISO: 200
Thanks! I've enjoyed this challenge. -Austin Zuffi

Canon Rebel XS w/18-55mm Kit Lens
8 photos taken at 18mm to achieve 360 degree panoramic
-1/250-1/320 sec at f/10-f/11
-ISO 200 -Jeff Fuller

Polar Panorama was taken on Feb 5th, 2010 at 4pm. The Polar Panorama
is of "Lock 7" Mohawk River in Niskayuna, NY. Used Olympus E-500 with
mono-pod and original lens, Adobe PhotoShop for finalizing.
Thank you very much. -Alex Repnoy

This Panorama was taken here in Miami, FL at a local Park and Campground. I enjoyed this challenge. It was very hard to get the right colors on everyshot since there was an overcast everyday this week, Uneven shadows appeared everywhere. So this truly was a challenge to get it to look normal. I used Gimp since Photoshop is not an option. Ive never used any photo editing so i am literally new at this. Enjoy
Panasonic Lumix ZS3
25mm Wide Angle Lens
Auto Mode/ Panoramic Assist -Ivan Capaz

Pittsburgh skyline at night taken from Mt. Washington across the river from downtown, with Canon EOS 30D and EF 24-70mm f/2.8L at 70mm & f/8, ISO 200.
The original panorama was stitched together from 13 images. -Ben Kong

Since it was foggy, rainy and cloudy this weekend in my town, i decided to do something different.
This is the Planet on which i actually live. (Metaphor know what i´m talking...)
It´s a Motherboard shot with my Canon Eos 500D and her basic 18-55mm lens on full auto-mode.
Of course there was Photoshop involved for the polar filter, lightning, brightness and the lens flare.
Great contest this week. Thanks Gizmodo Team for keeping me busy. King regards. -Bobo the Teddy

Panorama of Philadelphia stitched together from four separate shots using a great free program called "hugin". The original shots were taken using a Nikon D60 f/11, 1/500, ISO-200 with an 18mm focal length. - Brad Fitzpatrick

GF1, ISO 100, 3 colors of marble (actual colors, not manipulated) -Ralph Cranston

This picture was taken from Detroit right outside Cobo arena looking over the river toward Canada. Those glowing buildings are the Caesars Casinos.
Picture was taken on a Canon 7D with 18-200mm EFS lens at f4 with a 1/5 exposure time and an ISO od 3200 -Adam Arena

Ended up doing two of these since the first one didn't work out exactly the way I wanted.
Both are made of about 30ish images shot on a Rebel XT, Sigma 10-20mm @ ISO100. Shot in and around Toronto Canada.
The night picture's are all at f/8 and are between 8-12 second exposures each. It was also very cold -Lyndsay Jobe

The picture is Baltimore's Inner Harbor at night, taken from Federal Hill. I used a Digital Rebel XT, 34mm @ f/11. Since it is an HDR, shots were at 10s (0), 2.5s (-2), and 30s (+2). I used Photomatix to create the HDRs, and used Hugin to stitch the panorama. I then pulled it into photoshop to warp it and clean it up. -Joe Russo

I shot these with a Nikon D60, 18-55mm kit lens. This was seven 20-second exposures at f5 of the quad at Oklahoma City University. -Robert Rickner

To create these images I simply used a tripod and shot a vertical 18 shot HDR panorama. (Three exposures per frame. Six frames.) I felt a night shot should make it look more like a planet. I also wanted to symbolize some of the most distinguished features of our own planet. Nature, Religion, and Industry. -Justin Capone

Canon Powershot SD720
Basic point and shoot? lol
From Top Of The Rock in NYC. -Ryan Coster

I've been shooting Polar Panoramas for a few years now and it's one of my favorite techniques. I started out shooting them with a basic lens and would have to shoot 80+ shots to achieve the type of "Tiny Planet" I wanted. The easy way is just taking a panorama and bending it as mentioned in the tutorial, however the more advance way is taking multiple 360 panoramas and merging them to get a nicer looking center where the image actually looks like a floating planet instead of a vanishing point dead center thus the reason for so many shots. I now use a Canon 50D with a Canon Fisheye lens to shoot about 20 shots on a tripod and merge them using PTGui. The Tiny Planets are then taken into Photoshop for color correction.
The Planet of the buildings is Downtown Columbus Ohio -Bob Kueppers

I took this image outside of my Apartment in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was composed of about 10 shots using Windows Live Photo Gallery and then made into a polar image via Photoshop. This is my first submission to any of the Gizmodo photo contests, so here goes nothing!
I used a Samsung SL620 point and shoot camera with the following settings:
f/s 3.5
Exposure time: 1/72 sec.
6mm focal length
2.971 apature
multi-spot metering
No flash
35mm focal length: 45 -John Mason-Smith

equipment/settings/technique: tripod with 3 axis head, Canon 40D, Sigma 18-200mm at 18mm, with optical stabilization and autofocus off, shot in manual mode with a remote trigger, iso 100, bracketed f/10, [1/1600, 1/400, 1/100], HDR with Photomatix pro 3.2, white balance K6300. -Ty Kennedy-Bowdoin

Photo is of my local traffic roundabout taken this evening. 3 times 8 second exposure through fisheye lens.
Nikkon Coolpix 8700 with Nikor FC-E9 fish eye.
3 images stitched together with PT Gui and polar coorindinated in photoshop. Slight gamma and color correction and tripod removal, otherwise untouched. -Jason Mayo

Basically I grabbed a bunch of me and my wife's gadgets and put them on the table. I shot a panorama of them with a Digital Rebel in AUTO mode. I ran the panorama stitch script in photoshop and followed the instructions on the website. I then use the blur tool to make where the two ends meet more wavvy. I then performed minor curve adjustments and brightened certain gadgets a bit within photoshop. -Eddie Stein

Planet Transportation. This industrial planet was captured using a Canon T1i at f/5.6, 1/100 sec, and ISO 100. -Brian Collier

shot with a powershot sd630
The photo was taken from on top of CNN Center in downtown Atlanta from what use to be Ted Turners penthouse balcony. Not a bad view. I call it "planet hotlanta" which I believe is also a local strip club as well. -Andy Cohen

A buddy and I decided to collaborate on this one since he told me about it. shot with a D300 x 24mm x underwater housing. Rinco -Ryan Waller

Image was created using Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-P73 and Photoshop CS. I took about 24+ shots(that many because camera is only 4.1 mega pixels and i wanted to get lots of details) of the view from my apartment on the 18th floor. Images were manually put together into a panorama (I didn't like the way Photoshop handled the photomerge). After few days once mild cleanup was finished and i was happy with the results i used the guide provided by you to create my Polar Panorama. Settings on Cyber-Shot were pretty much standard: Multi metering mode, multi focus, auto white balance, auto ISO. This is the result, enjoy. -Krzysztof Mscichowski

This is a Polar panorama that was taken outside of my nephew's elementary school. It was shot as 6 horizontal images with one zenith and one nadir shot (up and down). Post processing was done with Panoweaver for the stitching and then Photoshop CS4 for the polarization. Hopefully you will notice the impeccable timing of the jet flying over head. (Look at the stretched out jetstream to see it in the top left corner.)
The camera specs are:
Canon Rebel XSi
Manfrotto Tripod
Nodal Ninja tripod head mount
Lens: Sigma 8mm Fisheye
Shot @ 200 ISO, f/11, 1/500 shutter speed. -Peter Rowley

My Polar Panorama was done thanks to my Casio Exilim EX-Z60 and Photoshop. 12 images were merged together to create the base panorama of grand square. Cleanup took about 1-2 days after which I used rough panorama with the polar panorama filter. Finishing the image then took 2 more days and here it is. Settings on Exilim were pretty standard, no rigs or additional lenses were used in this project. Auto ISO, white balance set to sunny and multi-target focus. -Evie Cassidy

This polar panorama titled 'Between Two Guns' is a stereographic projection, which provides a nicer feel by removing the pinched middle. It was shot at the US Army's Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA, along their history trail, which takes visitors through the history of the Army.
This was shot on a Sony a300 using a 6.5mm Vivitar fisheye lens (manual focus) at f22. The camera was mounted on a Nodal Ninja and four pictures were shot to make it. The images were stitched together and this morphed in Photoshop. Using the Patch tool, I removed the tripod from the nadir and removed some lens dust. -Jeremy Schultz

This picture is from my hometown in Venezuela, Lecheria.
Was taken with my CANON 40D, with low shutter speed, around iso 500 and Canon 18-75mm IS lens, support the camera on a small balcony wall -Gustavo Tinschmidt

Canon T1i; 17-40 f/4L @ 23.8mm; ISO 100; 4 Photos
I had never used the application Hugin before (which is great btw), so I wanted to give it a try. I stitched all of my photos together using it. I used Photoshop to do all of the other post processing.
Getting this shot sucked due to the fact that it was literally 0 degrees where I was standing and there were constant winds of about 25mph! -Matt Ferri

Hello! Equipment includes an iPhone 3GS, handheld (no tripod or other equipment), pivoting as best I could around the lens. This is at the Kapiolani Park fountain in Honolulu, Hawaii, a little before sunset. There's 49 shots that are blended together using Hugin. Photoshop was used for a little color correction and a few touchups, then rendered in polar coordinates. Hope you like it, and thanks for the contest! -Fred Duennebier

Midtown Manhattan from Weehawken, NJ.
Nikon D80, 18-200mm lens @ 105mm, f/10, ISO 100, 1/160 sec.
The photos were stitched together with PTgui. I opened the resulting panorama with Photoshop CS2 and reduced the image width to match the height. The image was rotated 180 degrees and the "distorted" using the Polar Coordinates plug-in. The image was then resized again to match the contest rules. -Jim Mullaney

KBF Camp Karuizawa, Japan
Canon 5D2 + 15mm f/2.8 fisheye
Manfrotto 755XB tripod
Panosaurus head
8 photos shot using full manual settings
1/250 @ f10, ISO400, manual focus, daylight wb
Autostitched in Hugin v2009.2.4450
Output equirectangular TIF image
Cleaned up in Photoshop CS4 using healing tool
Imported back into Hugin and output as
Stereographic projection.
Converted to black and white in Photoshop -Garry Kline

This was a shot of the mixed use redevelopment of the old Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, TX which had been in operation from 1883 until 2001.
Canon: EOS 5D MarkII
Shutter Speed: 1/256 sec
Aperture: F8
Focal Length 24mm
ISO: 100 -Chris Stokes

Hi! Another stereographic projection for your perusal, this time a
self-portrait! This isn't a polar map, because I don't have access to photoshop
and the gimp I have apparently doesn't seem to have that feature. Failed on the nadir shot again, so couldn't get rid of the tripod legs. Next time maybe :-)
Stuff used: Canon EOS 450D with a 28mm f/2.8 USM lens, Manfrotto
190xprob with 804rc2 three-way head and a RC-1 IR remote.
In total 124 separate photos (a new record for me), and as you may note I still
didn't take enough to get 180 degrees vertically. -Staffan Thamen

Name: Snowball Earth
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 10-20/4-5.6
Focal Length: 14mm
Shutter Speed 1/60s (fixed)
Aperture: f/8
Sensitivity: ISO 200
38 photos, 3 x 360° rows, plus one shot straight up
Stitched in Autopano Pro (Theta -180/180, Phi -64/90, RMS 4.50)
Fixed some minor misalignments, contrast, colors and polar projection in Photoshop.
Stitching Took almost 17 hours and three tries on my half-antique computer... =) -Jonas Thomen

Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: EFS 18-200 mm
Post-production: Photoshop and Color Efex Pro 3.0
Location of the picture: Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Principe Felipe Science Museum, Valencia, Spain.
The original picture was taken in my recent trip to Spain. I am amazed about the Calatrava's architecture designs. This is why i found interesting to explore the technique of "Polar Panoramas" with one of his projects. The original picture shows the main facade of the "Principe Science Museum", which has modular sections along the whole length of the building. After applying some radial blur and light effects in Photoshop, i used Color Efex Pro to add more dramatic color effects. -Juan Jimenez

I took this shot in Battery Park NYC, facing the city. Applied the techniques from the tutorial provided and came out with this one (really cool and easy to follow). -Patrick Tully

I did this quick/dirty as a test, without blending the edges. I was hoping to have more time to redo it properly before submitting, but that didn't happen... Shot with a Canon Rebel XS 24-70 kit quality lens. Cropped the edges off the keyboard & warped... -Eric Kornblum

I took this at St. Peter's Square in Italy using High Dynamic Range.
Equipment- Nikon D700 with Nikkor 14-24mm Wide Angle Lens -Pranil Vora

This polar panorama includes:
3 Mac Pros
3 30" Apple Cinema Displays
3 iMacs
12 MIghty Mice
6 2TB D2 Lacie Hard Drives
12 1TB Quadra Lacie Hard Drives
2 iPod Touch
1 iPhone
1 22.5mm Mamiya Fisheye Lens
Green table, Red Plate
We shot it with a Canon 5D Mark 2 w/ a 15mm EF Fisheye lens, mounted on a 360Precision Absolut head which was mounted on a Manfrotto suction cup mount (Setup_01.jpg attached). To shoot the nadir, we removed the mount and replaced it with the Mamiya fisheye lens pointing upward then shot the nadir by hand with no mount ( attached). We then took the 24 images and tonemapped them in Photomatix Pro, then stitched the panorama with Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited, and then finally polarized and published them with Photoshop.
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 250
3 Stop HDR Bracket:
Bottom Exposure: 1/100
Middle Exposure: 1/25
Top Exposure: 1/6
Focal Length: .5m
Members of the Roundscapes team put this together:
Christopher Kingsley
Dustin Wilbourn
Tad Luedtke
Jay Knapp
Timothy Scahill

Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon 17-40L f/4
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/200s, 40mm at f/18
Location: Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada -Andrew O'Hoski

Capture Time: 12:03:36 AM, Feb 5 2010
Exposure: 1/30 sec @ f/4.5
Focal Length: 30.5mm
ISO 800
Canon PowerShot G11
Lens: 6.1-30.5mm -Poe Miller

Nikon D3S
ISO 100
Lens: 85mm 1.4
Aperture: 3.5
Shutter: 1/13
Shot RAW and manipulated in Photoshop.
The "Moon" is the texture of the wall behind the Lego pieces.
Figured it would be fund to "bend" the rules a bit. -Barry M

The location:
a cool beach in Tuscany (it's geotagged so check where is it) with my dog (Doyle) and a very nice sunset (lucky me).
For the tech side:
Nikon D90 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens attached to a panoramic head Nodal Ninja 3 mkII to make a full 360° panorama in 7 pictures (ISO 320, 1/200 sec, f/5.6 focusing at hyperfocal)
The pictures are stitched together in Autopano to get a flat equirectangular image.
The equirectangular image is converted in a polar panorama in Gimp using the plugin Mathmap.
To finish a bit of Photoshop to remove my shadow, tripod and to saturate, contrast, beautify ;-) -Juri Pozzi