Matthias Taugwalder takes part in the Biggest Peak Project in history


Tuesday 17 July 2012

Photo: Röbi Bösch

Mammut, famous Swiss manufacturer of mountaineering and trekking equipment, celebrates its 150 years anniversary! To commemorate this anniversary in fitting style, Mammut is inviting outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world to the world’s most beautiful mountains. The biggest peak project in history is giving people the chance to be part of the action, as 150 teams scale 150 peaks! For this special event, Matthias Taugwalder, panoramic photographer expert, has been called to the rescue…

On August 3, 2011 on Jungfraujoch (3,471 metres above sea level) in Switzerland, was the launch of the worldwide Mammut project. Matthias was asked to picture the base camp on Jungfraujoch in 360° and to capture the “making of” for the Mammut campaign through several panoramas. Due to a very dense timeline & obligation of result (one important requirement was that even the smallest detail – for example the faces of all participants – should be clearly visible in the image), Matthias “had to resort his gigapixel machinery…”

Photo: Röbi Bösch (Click on the picture to open the gigapixel panorama)

Matthias used a Nikon D3x, a 85mm lens and a Roundshot VR Drive to shoot just under 280 images in 11 rows. The resulting panorama consists of 2.6 gigapixels and allows virtually endless zooming. To complete the gigapixel image in such a short time, he also used the VR Drive ”speed” mode with non-stop release. The weather and light conditions was another challenge that he had to take into consideration.

Photo: Röbi Bösch (Click on the picture to open the gigapixel panorama)

To stitch these images, Matthias used Autopano Giga: I have to say that shooting such big images with changing light conditions is not that easy, but stitching and post-processing such images is even more difficult. That is why it was clear to me, that I would use Autopano Giga for this job. First, I could use the XML export of the Roundshot VR Drive with the exact image positions to easily import the images into Autopano and already get a perfect alignment. Second, the blender and automated color correction of Autopano was essential to get a smooth result. But of course afterwards there was still some work in Photoshop involved, to remove the last color differences, etc. All it all, it was a work of about 15 hours per each panorama – from stitching to the final result”.

Photo: Röbi Bösch

More about Matthias…

Born in 1981 in Switzerland, Matthias is a passionate panoramic photographer. The focus of his photographic creativity is the Alps and the surrounding area. He conceived several exhibition projects in the past years about Alpine Panoramic Photography for museums in Switzerland. His company Concept360 GmbH is specialized on the usage of panoramas for media companies, museums and advertising agencies. His clients are for example media companies as Ringier or Gruner+Jahr; or manufacturers of outdoor equipment such as Mammut Sports Group Switzerland.

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