All the Images of an Outdoor Scene

  • Srinivasa G. Narasimhan
  • Chi Wang
  • Shree K. Nayar
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2352)


The appearance of an outdoor scene depends on a variety of factors such as viewing geometry, scene structure and reflectance (BRDF or BTF), illumination (sun, moon, stars, street lamps), atmospheric condition (clear air, fog, rain) and weathering (or aging) of materials. Over time, these factors change, altering the way a scene appears. A large set of images is required to study the entire variability in scene appearance. In this paper, we present a database of high quality registered and calibrated images of a fixed outdoor scene captured every hour for over 5 months. The dataset covers a wide range of daylight and night illumination conditions, weather conditions and seasons. We describe in detail the image acquisition and sensor calibration procedures. The images are tagged with a variety of ground truth data such as weather and illumination conditions and actual scene depths. This database has potential implications for vision, graphics, image processing and atmospheric sciences and can be a testbed for many algorithms. We describe an example application - image analysis in bad weather - and show how this method can be evaluated using the images in the database. The database is available online at The data collection is ongoing and we plan to acquire images for one year.


Ground Truth Data Outdoor Scene High Dynamic Range Image Scene Point Scene Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Srinivasa G. Narasimhan
    • 1
  • Chi Wang
    • 1
  • Shree K. Nayar
    • 1
  1. 1.Columbia UniversityUSA

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