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I had to pick up a package from the UPS Richmond store at the Airport so I figured I’ll get a couple of shots from the near by Iona Beach while I’m at it.
Looking from space I noticed a long natural break water from a sandbar and it’s man made extension I suppose to protect the log booms.
I walked an hour from parking to reach this spot .

Anyway it’s more than 360 degrees with the sandbar extending in both directions.
I took 5 exposures for each frame and 14 images going all the way around in a circle.
For processing I used 2 HDR programs to generate 3 images of tone mapping. Then I used a customized macro to blend them 14 times around with the same settings, and them merged those into the panorama of around 11 1/2 feet at 300 DPI. Next I used a small version to build a macro to process it further and unleashed that on the big one which by the wat is about 4GB file at 16 bit. Eventually I sized it down and switch to 8 bit and converted to JPEG. Well it had to be reduced to 6.4 feet to comply with RedBubbles size restriction of 100 MegaPixels.

Location: Iona Beach, Vancouver (beside Airport so Richmond actually), B.C. Canada
Photo Set: IonaBeachSpit
Date: 2012:03:06
Shot: #01-70 HDR
Original Size is about 11 1/2 feet at 300 DPI this is almost half that (6.4 feet) to fit RB restriction of 100MP
Resolution: 23000 × 4347 (6.4 × 1.25 feet @ 300DPI)
It’s slightly more then 360 degrees I’ll guess 370 degrees)
Processing: 70 (16bit RAW) total shots 5 exposures by 14 HDR “triple HDR” with Extensive (no ridiculous) Post Processing
When I say “triple HDR”, I’ve blended at least a couple of different Tone Mapping styles, typically Detail Enhancement and sometimes Tone Compression, etc.


hdri, iona beach, sandbar, spit, outdoor, sunset, winter, 360 degree, panorama, vancouver, bc, canada, massive file


  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 2 years ago

    Brilliant capture!!!

  • Thanks for your feedback. I’m very pleased to hear that you like it.

    – James Zickmantel

  • Kris Barnes
    Kris Barnesabout 2 years ago

    By far the best 360 pano i have seen on RB. Well worth the effort.

  • Great compliment! totally made my day, thanks. Felling inspired more now too so thanks again.

    – James Zickmantel

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