One of my clients asked me to make him a little panorama. The goal is to make a 360° panorama of a soccer stadium from the centre spot, print it on large stickers and cover the walls of his conference room with them. The room is still under construction but will be approx. 20m long by 3m high. It's also shaped like a soccer stadium, so nice and oval.
The shoot needs to happen minutes before kickoff so the stadium is full with people. From what I know so far I have about 10 minutes to setup, take all the pictures needed and get the hell off again. Further, every game the home team supporters, behind the goal, do something colourful. Something like trowing toilet paper rolls onto the field. This action happens exactly on the moment the players enter the field, approx 2 minutes before kickoff. This action needs to be included in the panorama.
My plan so far is to first make the full 360° panorama, then point my camera at the section behind the goal and wait for the special action. When it happens I plan to take several pictures of the action in continuous mode, pick up my gear and run!
The first thing I calculated was the proportion of the panorama. 20x3m translates to 360x54°.
The second thing I considered was the action part of the panorama. Since I need to get that part of the panorama in 1 shot I had to calculate the minimum VHOV. Given the dimensions of the pitch this would be between 65° and 70°. Maybe 60° will do, but better save than sorry.
Then there is the final resolution of the panaroma. The company that will do the printing told me to create a file with a minimum resolution of 150 pixels/inch since people will be able to look at the print from really close. Photoshop is telling me the file needs to be 118110 x 17702 px to get a 20 x 3 m image at 150 pixels/inch.
My problem now is to balance all my decisions. A wide lens, something like a 18mm, for the action shot gives me no chance to get the resolution I want and vice versa. Can I get away with less resolution and still get a decent print? I also need to make sure I can make this panorama within the given timeframe. Moving people is also one of my concerns.
Any thoughts on this? I could really use some good advice.
I have the following equipment:
Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8
Nikkor 50mm f1.8
Nikkor 10.5mm f2.8 fisheye (shaved)
Zeiss 85mm f1.4
NN RS-1 with RD5 rotator
NN M2 with RD16-II rotator
Clauss Rodeon ST