Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
- Why are VirtualParks panoramas rectilinear?
A: While I've shot cubic panoramas, I tend to prefer the natural appearance
of rectangular panoramas when printed or viewed online. The human eye has
a bias towards horizontal viewing I think. The extra time to shoot vertically could
be spent enjoying going further down the trail.
- What happened to the maps that used to be here?
A: See this page
- How much time does it take to build panoramas of this quality?
A: When shooting with film, each 360 panorama could take as much as 8-10 hours
to scan, cleanup scans in Photoshop, stitch, clean up the stitch in Photoshop,
and export to a flat image, then build a VR. Now with digital cameras ever-growing
pixel count, a few hours can be saved scanning but if you want the highest quality,
expect to spend a few hours getting a panorama built. The stitching process for
12-16 very sizable images is probably not any faster than it was years ago
when no one scanned very large images because PCs couldn't handle the size.
- Which stitcher do you use?
A: If it is a scene that seems promising, I try several stitchers to see
which one handles the particular challenge of that place and time the best.
I used to use QTVRAS but it has not been updated in over ten years.