Ha Long Cave, Vietnam, Panorama


Our day crusing on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam was a bit disappointing because of the misty and rainy weather but once inside the Ha Long cave, it was dry. Like many tourist caves around the world, this one is lit with variously-colored lights on different formations, making for an interesting pan subject.

This pan was shot on a monopod (hiking staff) at 1/10 second, f/4 at ISO 400 using a D200 and 10.5mm fisheye. While not quite as sharp as if it were shot on a tripod with a longer exposure and smaller aperture, it gives a good sense of the size and scope of the larger rooms of the cave.

To navigate within the panorama, press and hold the left mouse button. Moving the mouse up/down/right/left will shift the viewing window accordingly. Holding down the "Shift" key will zoom in; holding down the "Ctrl" key will zoom out.

If you have the patience and bandwidth to download a 4-meg file, the Quicktime QTVR file will yield much higher resolution than the smaller PTViewer file above.

The panorama was taken December 28, 2008. It was stitched using PTGui and the high-resolution Quicktime cubic VR generated using the Pano2QTVR utility.