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Columnar Jointing > 360 Degree View from the top of Heimaklutter in Himaey, Vestman Islands, Iceland by Suresh Muthukrishnan

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Taken by
Suresh Muthukrishnan Suresh Muthukrishnan
Explore score
4.44 Gigapixels
Date added
May 29, 2012
Date taken
May 16, 2012

360 Degree View from the top of Heimaklutter in Himaey, Vestman Islands, Iceland. This Island (with a population of about 5000) is the site of 1973 eruption that buried several houses. This is also famous for being the only place on Earth where humans fought nature's fury and won the battle (well, depends on how one sees it). During the eruption, many industrial scale water pumps were rushed from the US and were used to pump cold water on the advancing front of the lava flow as it was threatening to close the entrance to the natural harbor. Eventually the advancing lava cooled and solidified at the front and stopped moving towards the harbor, saving it for future generations. The new craters that formed in 1973 are still hot near the top, likely due to deep sources of magma releasing hot gases through cracks and fractures (hot spot - picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2Xzs19njymYTxTy1MPya2hy6HmcnXy2G0tjo8kao2Kg?feat=directlink Will open in a new tab or window). Today, the Island is working on uncovering the buried structures (picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tXf0d3G4JXyVXy_pupoRShy6HmcnXy2G0tjo8kao2Kg?feat=directlink Will open in a new tab or window). Fishing and tourism are the biggest drivers here.

I had a zoom lens extender to reach to 400mm, and that made the lens so heavy making it sag as I was taking the photographs. That's why the gigapan came out with the wavy appearance.

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  1. sarahham85

    sarahham85 (February 14, 2013, 08:31AM )


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    Guru (February 09, 2013, 07:48AM )

    Amazing picture

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GigaPan Stitch version 2.0.0501 (Windows)
Panorama size: 4441 megapixels (191960 x 23136 pixels)
Input images: 343 (49 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 43.4 degrees high (top=17.6, bottom=-25.8)
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.022 c2=0.00518
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Image size: 5760x3840 (22.1 megapixels)
Capture time: 2012-05-16 08:24:32 - 2012-05-16 08:55:18
Aperture: f/13
Exposure time: 0.0008
ISO: 1000
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 194.1 mm
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 23.6 to 63.2 percent
Vertical overlap: 22.5 to 40.9 percent
Computer stats: 12276.2 MB RAM, 16 CPUs
Total time 50:28 (8.8 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 6:58, Projection: 11:05, Blending: 32:25
(Preview finished in 26:25)

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