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About This Gigapan

Taken by
Paul Heckbert Paul Heckbert
Explore score
Print Pricing
$7.00 to $1,280.00
0.39 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 27, 2009
Date taken
Jul 04, 2009

We shot this from Mt. Washington, looking down at The Point (where the Monongahela & Allegheny Rivers join to form the Ohio), from which the fireworks were launched. Our panorama includes glimpses of the crowds at The Point and in the Northside (near the stadiums).

We shot two panoramas in quick succession and chose selected images from each set to put this mosaic together. Including the crowd around us in the picture turned out to be a good decision, I think.

Photography: Randy Sargent.
Image composition and gigapan lugging: Paul Heckbert.
Stitcher supervision: Goutham Mani.
Mask photo editing: Mary Jo Knelly.

Stitching notes:

GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 391 megapixels (39080 x 10006 pixels)
Input images: 52 (13 columns by 4 rows)
Field of view: 113.0 degrees wide by 28.9 degrees high (top=11.1, bottom=-17.8)
Use larger blending region
Keep projected images
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
Image size: 4416x3312 (14.6 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-07-04 21:35:22 - 2009-07-04 21:51:29
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure time: 0.8
ISO: 400
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 34.0 to 39.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 32.2 to 32.9 percent
Computer stats: 12288 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 46:23 (0:53 per picture)
Alignment: 1:42, Projection: 3:35, Blending: 41:05

Gigapan Comments (3)

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  1. Jay Hirschfeld

    Jay Hirschfeld (December 15, 2009, 02:36PM )

    Ditto to the previous posts! Great gigapan. And yes, burst/simultaneous gigapan shooting, a planar perspective gigapan, etc. On the to-do list.

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (August 03, 2009, 04:11PM )

    Yes, excellent. Taking gigapans with moving objects is a real challenge and surely it can't get any harder than a fireworks display. Kudos to Mary Jo for the editing. I have just carefully cut out and replaced the sky in a gigapan 78,000 pixels wide in Photoshop so I know what a labour of love (or bloody-mindedness) editing gigapans is. Personally, I'd like a gigapan imager that works in burst mode i.e. as fast as the camera can go. Wouldn't it be fun to watch it take a gigapan of say 400 frames in one second? It would have to be a sunny day of course. I think a video of that might beat that of the Mythbusters' Mona Lisa vid (www.youtube.com/watch?v=0udMBdo0Ra c Will open in a new tab or window) for popularity. I know I'd pay money to see it.

  3. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (August 03, 2009, 12:41PM )

    This is a great gigapan. Great job : )

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