First underwater spherical panorama (Cave)
Last updated: December 22, 2019 at 0:35 am
Nathalie Lasselin (Canada) and two assistants set up a spherical 360° panorama inside the Orange Grove Sink, in Peacock Springs, Florida, on December 3, 2014. The team used 10 lights as well as some ambient light from the entrance. The image composed of hundreds of still photographs was first published on December 12, 2014. Click here to see the image.
In 2015, Viktor Lyagushkin (Russia) photographed a spherical 360° panorama in Orda Cave, Russia. Lyagushkin had the additional challenge of photographing in an overhead environment without natural light. The final image was created by a team from AirPano and Phototeam.pro. Located in the village of Orda on the shore of Kungur River, the Orda gypsum and anhydrite cave is almost completely submerged under clear water. Its dry section is 300 m (984 ft) long, while the underwater section is 5,150 m (3.2 mi.) long. Water temperature constantly hovers around 4°C (39°F).
In 2011, Marcio Cabral (Brazil) photographed a spherical 360° panorama in Mysterious Lagoon, Brazil.
“It is impossible to set up a tripod or a panoramic head, which means that you won’t be able to mount your camera or strobe on a tripod. People can’t stand still, but without models you don’t see dimensions of a cave. There is no light source except for the one you bring with you. Radio synchronizers don’t work under water. So all of the above puts you in the most uncertain place for a photo shoot.” — Viktor Lyagushkin
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