Poll again :) Fixing zenith and nadir?
Ok, so I wanted to ask all you guys how do you edit or patch zenith and nadir (I am talking about the views straight up and down, if someone did not know)?
I personally do not want to use any mask or logo images there, so I want to edit them to "look right".
But what techniques do you guys use for that? Perhaps something described at the Big Ben's page about this issue? Or something else maybe..?
I have been using LivePicture's old version of PhotoVista (which accepts sphere images, which I do with PanoTools and PTGui) to convert my sphere images to cubes, when it is very easy to edit those spots. For now I have been using clone brush with success, I have not took extra up & down photos, maybe I would if the place would require it. After editing those spots I convert the image back to spherical one.
This has been vorking very fine and is fast thing to do. Only thing that I am concerning is the quality of the final picture. Converting the picture to cube and then back reduces the picture quality a little. Not a much, but little.
So I am seeking alternatives to do this job, and it would be interesting to hear about your ways to do this!
PS. Here is one of my panorama tests:
(note: the image quality itself is not so good in that particular panorama, it was a test for the graphics around the pano itself . Zenith and nadir were edited though..)