Nicolas Lyaudet Neutralhazer’s user, presents a Gigapixel shot by night of the city of Chambery (Savoie, France)

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Last month, we received the visit of Nicolas Lyaudet, Autopano Giga and Neutralhazer‘s user. For this occasion, Nicolas came to present us a Gigapixel shot by night of the city of Chambery (Savoie – France), a city located two steps away from Kolor’s headquarter…


Nicolas, what is your background and how did you come into panoramic photography?


I am an autodidact in photography! My studies have no link with this passion as I am a mechanical engineer. The panoramic photography is a way for me to show the beautiful landscapes seen when I go for a walk. My technical background helps me and motivates me to push techniques to their limits: night shots, HDR, Gigapixel panorama.

How did you manage the whole project?

I made many trials with my wide angle to determine the ideal place for shooting. I created a small app in order to determine the number of images needed, the time of shooting according to the angle, the number of brackets. Once the stage of tests done, I waited for the perfect night :)

What hardware and software did you use to create this panoramic image?

  • Canon EOS 5D MK III
  • 200mm f2.8
  • Panoramic head Roundshot VR Drive
  • Lightroom, Photomatix, Autopano Giga, Photoshop with the plugin Neutralhazer

Can you provide more details about the images?

  • To establish this panorama, 100 photos were taken
  • The shooting lasted 3 hours

You have used Neutralhazer, filter for Photoshop which remove haze in landscape photos. How did you find the application in doing the job?

I knew the quality of the plugin for landscape photos shot by day. However, I hoped that it would also work for shooting by night. The result exceeded my expectations because no problems appeared. I just encountered a problem during the final application of the filter. Indeed, to process an image of one billion pixel with a laptop is actually impossible. The image shown is only a quarter of the original image.

  • Without Neutralhazer (Click on images to enlarge)


  • With Neutralhazer


Do you have other projects you would like to share with us?

Last year, I made a nice Timelapse of the region of Savoie (France):

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Thank you! We wish you good luck in your future great projects


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