Daniel M. German
I have a passion for photography, computer science and software
development. My day-job is assistant professor in computer science at
the University of Victoria, in Canada, but I spend most of my free
time as an amateur photographer, and an open source software
Digital photography has started to merge these three passions in ways
that I never expected. One year ago I became a core contributor of Panotools. Most users of
Panotools usually present their spherical panoramas using an immersive
environment (such as Quicktime QTVR), but somehow the Stereographic
Projection was being used with artistic purposes. The question was why
This question lead me to the introduction of several new
projections into Panotools and Hugin (which are described in
a scientific paper submitted to the CaE Symposium). I also realized
that I was not the only person working in this area. I met Seb, Lloyd,
and Alexandre and discovered that they were all working on the same
problems, pushing the envelop, finding innovative ways to present the sphere. Somehow the field of artistic flat panoramas was ready to be
My daily photographic blog is http://silvernegative.com, and my
general web site is http://turingmachine.org.
To photograph my panoramic images I use a Canon 20d, along several wide angle
lenses: a Peleng 8mm Fisheye (kindly donated to me by the PanotoolsNG
Mailing list), a Nikkor 10.5 2.8 Fisheye, and Canon EF-S 10-22. For
panorama heads I use a Nodal Ninja NN3 and a Pinnacle VR (kindly
provided to me Pinnacle VR).
I then use Panotools, hugin, enblend and Photoshop to create the
equirectangulars, which in my opinion are the raw data of the sphere
from which a projection artist can draw impossible views.
Two of the panoramas presented here are collaborative works with Seb
and Alexandre. They kindly make available many of their
equirectangulars of spherical panoramas via a Creative Commons license. As a
researcher, software developer and artist they are of great value, as
they allow me to experiment and learn beyond my own images.
I then use PTmender (part of panotools) to remap the images to their