So, I’ve always been a big history fan. Recently, this has manifested itself in a borderline obsession with the Memorial Bridge, in Portsmouth, NH. In researching the building of the bridge at The Portsmouth Athenaeum’s website, I found a large archive of photos from the construction process (see the video I created below from 1920’s news reel and photos during the construction of the bridge). But what really peaked my interest was a series of 6 photos, taken from the same vantage point (the top of the North Tower) and seeming to have been designed to be displayed together in a primitive sort of panorama.
And that got me wondering – would it be possible to stitch these 90 year old photos together into a modern panorama? First, I tried our commercial stitching program, but due to slight differences in the images and limited overlap, it wasn’t coming together as I hoped. So much for the easy way! But by this point I was determined – and started to stitch the photos together manually using Photoshop. After about an hour, I had a pretty presentable final product (above).
I still get a kick out of the idea that 90 year old images, taken with a comparatively rudimentary camera, were able to be turned into a modern panorama. Pretty exciting stuff – Enjoy!