This image have been the most complicate thing I erver did with my camera. And as far as I know, there is no other one who ever made a fully spherical indoor panorama in Gigapixel resolution (1,3 Gigapixel).
The problem with this is the lack of depth of field. To avoid this, I used focus blending. Each "critical" image, I made two to three times with different focusing points, and combined them with CombineZM before the stitch.
The lightconditions alsow presented a big challange: 2 sec. for the floo, between 1 and 1/4 sec. for the altar region, between 1/2 and 1/60 sec. for the window regions, and between 1/2 and 2 sec. for the wall and the ceiling.
Because I didnīt whant the typical HDR effect, I decided to blend the single images manually in PS. The good thing with this was, that it wasnīt necessary to shoot the completely church 6 times with different exposure vallues, which would have been necessary for a good HDR pano.
And because of the long exposure vallues this would have been impossible due to time factor.
The bad thing was, arranging all the single images so, that you donīt see anything of all this different exposures really has been a huge work. ( And it really needs a lot of concentration to make all critical images with the related exposurevallues to achiev good light transitions.
I made this about 1 1/2 years ago. The problem was, that with QTVR itīs not possible to show this image in full resolution (more than 1,3 Gigapixel).
Now, with flash it is possible to watch this in full resolution. Well donīt be upset! You will not have to wait hours infront of your monitor. Itīs like a combination of Quicktime and zoomify.
Pleas enjoy it in "full screen" mode. ( Menue buttons)
Piaristenchurch of Vienna:http://photoartkalmar.com/Photoart%20Kalma...ircheflash.html
Julian, this example is very convincing. Very impressive and beautiful results. I have posted a link to this thread on the panoguide.com site as I think that people will be very impressed.
Should you ever feel like describing your PS blending/tonemapping methods I think many of us would learn a lot.
For better reading I decided to ad the following to my post instead of answering:
There is really no miracle in manual blending.
I open all images and create one image with say 12 layers ( each layer is a different exposure)
And then I mask everything I donīt need using masks and a more or less sharp pencil. Thatīs it.
If you start trying this, it will be a little dificult, because you canīt see all layers at once, but with a little practice you will see that it is not so difficult, and the results are better then any software, because you can choose what ever you whant from each layer.
If you try this first time, itīs easier to star from an image created by tufuse or enfuse ,...
Open this image in PS as " prototype", and then coppie all you like from your original exposures.
This will work much more quickly in the beginnings, but in the end you are more quickly in doing everything manually,..