Griffith Observatory Panorama

This picture is pretty much similar to the previous one and it is not this kind of photographs I usually do. But sometimes you have to look over the fence and try other things. This is a panorama shot taken at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. I made 7 pictures with a Tamron 11-18mm lens at 18mm and stitched them afterwards.


You can see the whole Los Angeles Basin from Downtown L.A. on the left till Century City and Santa Monica behind on the right as well as the Pacific Ocean. Also note the Hollywood sign on the far right. A city of an unbelievable size (and I thought Mexico City was big).


I did these photographs a few weeks after Apple has released iOS 6 which brought a panorama function to the iPhone 4S and newer and even it was a few weeks out, you could here this remarkable “beep” of the iPhone’s panorama function everywhere around the observatory. Other phones have a similar function, but when I was there it seemed like everyone was using an iPhone.


So what did I do? I just took the iPhone as well and made panorama photo by using the new function. If you want to see the comparision between a panorama of 7 raw shots where an iMac Core Duo needed several minutes to stitch it and a panorama, taken on a mobile device and ready to use¬†immediately after releasing the shutter – then click here…
(iPhone on top)

City of Angels

Finally I managed to continue my work on the pictures I took in Los Angeles in November last year…
Unfortunately I was at the wrong time at Griffith park. Around noon with bad daylight conditions. Just imagine how this photo would look like if I had done it shortly after sunset. Anyway, one more reason to come back one day.
I really like the field of view from this point: Downtown L.A. on the left hand side and a view to Orange County and Santa Ana mountains on the horizon, Long Beach on the horizon in the middle and the Pacific coastline in the haze on the far right side.

A piece from home

I still have some pictures from California… This one was taken at the eastern dome of the Griffith Observatory. The Telescope as well as the planetrium’s projector are made by Carl Zeiss. It is always nice to see a connection to your hometown – regardless of where you are in the world.