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High Dynamic Range Panoramas - UCL Quad

University College London was founded on February 11th 1826, the third University in the United Kingdom after Oxford and Cambridge.

The Universities main building, pictured in this panorama, was designed by William Wilkins and constructed between 1827 and 1828. The building is centered on a Corinthian portico which is reminiscent of the British Museum, (constructed a couple of years earlier).

After the building of University College London Wilkins went to design the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

View the Quicktime panorama of The University of London Quad, London (3.2mb).


  1. Anonymous6:11 PM

    Did you use HDR on this? The sky seems very dark, except behind the column and perhaps just above the tree.

    I like your 2D projections just as much as the quicktime VR. Much fun!

  2. Anonymous7:17 PM

    With what camera was this shot and what was your bracket sequence to achieve the HDR image? Did you ask the people to remain still while you shot?

  3. Anonymous7:21 PM

    On further review, it looks as though there is a bit of ghosting around the people due to slight movement. I'd still be interested to know what camera/lens and bracket sequence was used. This HDR looks greater than 2 stops under/over, so perhaps you manually bracketed?

  4. Impressive results can be obtained by feeding a true HDR image into the viewer (i.e. still with too high a dynamic range to display on a monitor), and then having the viewer do a live translation to normal dynamic range dependent on the view. Helmut Dersch has experimented with this.

  5. Thanks for the comments,

    I'm still getting to grips with HDR to be honest thus the sky perhaps seems a little dark.

    It was shot with a Nikon D70, 10.5mm lens with auto braketing 2 stops under/over (3 shoots total per section of pano).

    The location of the pano made it suitable for HDR but the movement of people is problematic.As is the movement of tress etc, so for a good HDR you need a calm day without anyone about...(!)


  6. Anonymous1:43 PM

    Ahem - 3rd in the UK??! Glasgow? Edinburgh?.....