By Graham K. Rogers
For many years, the Baiyoke Tower was one of the tallest buildings in Bangkok.
In 1997, the Baiyoke II Tower was completed and surpassed its nearby sister by a considerable margin.
I had promised myself a trip up there, although I am not a lover of heights.
A visit to the Sears Tower in the mid-1980s was perhaps the last time I had gone to a really high, high-rise tower.
The visit was a bit of a crush as there were many tourists - mainly Russian and Chinese,
from what I could hear - but I was able to take a good number of photographs, first on the lower observation floor.
We then took the lift to the upper floors where a walk up a couple of flights of stairs brought us to the rotating observation deck.
I bagged a position, stuck the camera through the guard fence and took a series of photographs as the world went round.
I finally got round to putting the images together as a panorama. While there are a number of applications
in the Mac App Store (some quite dear), I have used the Open Source, Hugin, for a while.
It works with the latest versions of OS X but may take a couple of tries to stitch the photographs into a panorama.
A problem I sometimes have is using too many images.
The software, identifies a number of points that are identical in adjacent images and once
these are all correct, stitches the images into a full panorama - left to right - cropping top and bottom as well.
When exported as a TIFF image, this was some 145 MB and 145" x 13". I trimmed this down to an image
of 100" wide and saved as a JPG which was much smaller and suitable for upload to my site.
You will have to scroll left and right to see the full content. Enjoy. . . .
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean.
He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects.
For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.