I’ve been wanting to create a full 360° gigapixel panorama of Vancouver for a very long time now. It hasn’t been done before. I also wanted to shoot it from one of the tall buildings in the downtown core.
On November 9, 2012, with clear blue skies, I was able to execute this project from the roof of Shaw Tower in Coal Harbour.
The image was created in 4 sections – a panorama set was captured from each of the 4 corners. These 4 sections were then merged together to create the full 360° view. The 5,396 megapixel image is made up of 676 photos. However, because the glass panels of the building were in the way, not much of the view looking down towards the city was captured.
Special thanks to Hweely Lim, Stanley Chan, Jason Harmston, and Chris Chan.
All photos courtesy of Ashley Drody