the whOle picture!




Sriharsha Ganjam
the whOle picture!
Rafting down the river Jia-Bhareli in Nameri was one of the highlights of our recent trip to the NE. It was so pretty that a conventional landscape was not sufficient to capture the splendor of this magical eco-system with a pebble strewn river bank . So I decided to take the whOle picture ;-)

<Still new to this form of photography and I see a lot of scope for improvement, hopefully will get better with more opportunities.>
Thanks for looking

Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:04 pm
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Commentby Shivakumar L Narayan on Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:30 pm

As always you rock with something new :)

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:36 pm

Very extremely wide fish eye lens or what Harsha ? I have not seen a perspective like this, I do not follow a lot of landscape photography, but this is looking different, working for my eyes, probably because I have not seen it before. Even though my mind is telling me this might be entirely due to the lens used, but am not sure, will be great if you share more info on this image.....

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:24 pm

Hmm, very interesting perspective Harsha. Bulged 3-D appearance makes it very interesting. Can you explain how is this made ? Did you stitch two fish eye frames ? Thanks for sharing.

God's perspective of the earth ? :)

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:27 pm

Clincher ! Another path breaker from you :) Great going Harsha.

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Commentby Manjunath on Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:55 pm

unable to fathom this one :).. very very interesting and definitely path breaking..

- Manjunath

Commentby nirlep on Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:16 pm

Hi Harsha,
This has made my eyes pop out!!! Never seen anything like this man. I have the same question as Ganesh , Manjunath and did you do it? The bulge in the mound is so real and confusing that I can't explain the visual unrest it has caused within me. I'll have to sue you for that if you don't explain how did you do that :)
Thanks for sharing

Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:40 am

Sorry for the delay and also thanks to everybody for the interest And Ganesh, I think God sees in a much greater FOV mine is just 360 degrees :)
To start off with these kind of images are called Stereographic projections and to keep the concept very light, it is a geometrical action to project a sphere into a plane. This when applied to photography can be used to create visuals like the one above which shows a 360x180 deg panorama if done right.

In case you want to read more about it then please refer to the wiki page below.

Now coming to this image. Nilanjan this is not the result of a single click using an ultra wide fish eye. Infact I used my 10-20 lens at 10mm. And like Ganesh rightly guessed it is a merger of multiple images. Infact I had to combine 51 individual images for this perspective. All the 51 images were shot around me capturing the entire scape of the scene, and this includes the top overhead sky and the ground beneath my feet and everything inbetween. Now this is the easy bit. After the shoot you need to stitch the individual frames into a Stereographic projection, which can be done using a specialised tool like Hugin (which is a free download too). The hard part is just like all S/W the output is anything but optimal and we have to spend quite a time aligning the images ourselves by tiny bits to get a spherical projection like this. In order to avoid too much technicality in this post I have also given a link to an excellent tutorial where I learnt about the technique. Read about the technique in the description for the set. ... 279945875/

This is not anything new and is quite popular in architectural photography. However I may be one of the few who has tried it out in Nature photography.

Hope this answers the questions. If anything let me know and I can brief more on this.

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:58 am

I must congratulate you for your great effort here Harsha. Fantastic that you thought of using a technique popular in another genre and modified to create further possibilities in nature. This is definitely a new vision for all of us here in CNP, even after following so many forums for nature photography, I never came across such a beautifully executed image. No nits for me at all. I am extremely impressed. :-).

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Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:02 am

Wonderful effort Harsha. You have started on a new thread of seeing for most of us here.
Get some elephants, rhinos, gaurs on the frame ... !

Commentby Vikram Sathyanathan on Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:00 am

A new perspective and very thoughtfully created.

Commentby AratiRao on Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:28 pm

How on earth did i miss this Harsha! Miiiindblowing. i have not yet read your techniques and all that.... will do so today. But i must say it is *refreshing* and simply breathtaking. And i must thank Neelu for the "Did you see...?" without which i would most certainly have been unaware of this amazing image.

going to revel in it a bit and read up now :)

~ Arati Rao ~

Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:22 pm

Harsha, You have been trend setter in pushing the technology to the limit. As usual this is another unique creation from you. This is awesome creation. It looks like a miniature planet in the sky. Like a floating mountains in Pandora planet from Avatar movie :-)

Cheers, Shankar Kiragi

Commentby Madhav Jois on Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:27 pm

My salutes to your imagination Harsha. I particularly like the forest patch which you have included in this picture. IMO, that is adding a LOT to the frame... Thanks for sharing this new creation.

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Commentby kiran_sham on Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:37 pm

Brilliant work Harsha! Seeing it repeatedly also gives me a feeling that the 'O' here actually resembles a vertical cross-section of a human eye, with the 3 trees on the left hand side resembling the optic nerve :) OK, I might be reading too much into it, but this image really has opened up something new! Great work!

Commentby nirlep on Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:51 pm

Hi Harsha,
The appeal of this image can easily get lost in its technological brilliance. Since the first time I saw this image I've been thinking. is this just a technical image? Dwelling on the question and the image I could bring myself to this. In a flat perspective which we are used to seeing things usually occur as parts of something bigger. To complete the picture we have to imagine beyond the borders of the frame. This one with all its technical brilliance deftly translates a part into a self contained whole; a microcosm with its own eco-system, environment and forms. It allows us to push the boundaries of what a flat two dimensional picture can represent. It fills the gap between conception and realisation.
Great seeing Harsha once again!!