Client : Combat Air Museum, Topeka, Kansas
The development of high quality virtual tour assets to complement the museum’s online materials / website.
After some initial evaluation of alternative capture methods, I adopted the Spheron SceneCam as the most reliable, consistently performing solution.
Spheron Image Processor – used to convert the native .SPH file into a 32-bit radiance file (HDR).
Photomatix Pro – Used to tonemap the HDR image. It converts the full 32-bit raw Spheron image file down to a standard 8-bit Jpeg/Tiff image file (this jpeg file is then used here in a standard HTML web browser for your review.
Note – the full 32-bit raw Spheron image file may be viewed directly in the Spheron viewer applications including their SceneCenter software.
Below is a list of the tours completed so far. Its an interesting challenge, as one needs to work with visitors walking through your shots quite regularly (which is not an issue, as Spheron captures can be paused).
The physical hangar space varies from well-lit to quite dark, compounded by high contrast scenarios and reflective surfaces.
Given I am working on other projects for the museum, these captures are happening ‘ad hoc’ (as opposed to a ‘blitz’ on capturing it all in one go).
VT Tour List
- Beech SNB-5 Twin Beech Model 18 (includes Full Resolution Sample)
- Beech RU-8D Twin Bonanza
- Bell UH-1H-BF Iroquois (Huey) (includes Full Resolution Sample)
- DOUGLAS C-47D Skytrain (“Kilroy Is Here”)
- Lockheed EC-121T-LO Warning Star
- Sikorsky NCH-53A Sea Stallion
- Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe Skycrane
Planned VT Shooting List
- 602 hangar – main visitor hangar
- 604 hangar – restoration hangar
Once the museum’s hangar lighting is updated, we will shot the main 602 hangar with more general VT images. This is not because we need more lighting, but more to avoid re-shooting the hangar when new lighting is installed (February / March 2017)