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Custom Camera Rig Allows For a Stunning Vertical Panorama of a Giant Redwood

Illustration for article titled Custom Camera Rig Allows For a Stunning Vertical Panorama of a Giant Redwood

Wildlife photographer Michael Nichols wanted to photograph a 300-foot-tall redwood in a dense forest with no clear lines of sight. So he built a custom camera rig to take tons of close-ups to stitch together.

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Illustration for article titled Custom Camera Rig Allows For a Stunning Vertical Panorama of a Giant Redwood

The result is a stunning composite of 83 different shots of this incredible tree. Look for a huge foldout of the image in the October issue of National Geographic, and here's a video of Nichols talking about the process of capturing the image.

[NPR via Hack-a-Day via Make]

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I had seen pictures of the redwoods all my life, but when I saw one in person, I was awestruck by the reality of just how huge they are. I had never imagined there was really a tree that you couldnt see the top of.