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take enfuse on a test flight


The Airbus A380 cockpit panorama  got more than one million hits in one week, 300.000 of them in a single day after being mentioned on the blog of a discerning tech observer.

Once again French photographer Gilles Vidal had the chance to shoot a panorama in an Airbus A380. After the first, business and economy class cabins during the delivery of the first A380, it’s time for the cockpit – in this case the cockpit of one of the three prototypes used for flying tests in Tulouse, France.

The panorama is of such excellent quality that it is even used by airline inspectors around the world to familiarize themselves with the aircraft before it arrives to their countries.

“One of the major problems was to show at the same time the interior and the exterior while staying visually logic.” says Gilles. The solution to this problem was Enfuse, which Gilles used for the first time.

The pictures being taken on a monopod with a Canon EOS 5D and a Canon 15mm fisheye lens, I had to work long hours in Photoshop to correct the alignment of the different exposures.”

Gilles and other users will be pleased to know that code for the automatic alignment of exposures is available from Hugin. It does not work out of the box yet because of a bug with Enfuse when reading the files generated by align_image_stack, but the bug is already on the developer’s radar screen and will be dealt with soon.

2 Responses

  1. Well, this is not quite correct: The bug only applies if the –wContrast argument is used, which isn’t necessary for exposure blending. It’s relevant for focus blending only. Currently the align-droplet available in the most recent hugin snapshot (see panospace download page) uses
    –wContrast=0 and does very well with images aligned by align_image_stack.

  2. align_image_stack is now available for the mac too. It makes all this alignment work much easier.

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