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Central Park Panorama I Revisited... by John Opie

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John Opie John Opie
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Size
3.09 Gigapixels
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400
Date added
May 13, 2012
Date taken
Jul 10, 2011
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This is a view to the southwest from near the ice-skating rink in Central Park, in Manhattan, New York. This is the Wollman Rink, now called the Trump-Wollman Skating Rink, after the rink had been closed for 6 years for a 2 1/2 year renovation (!). In the summer it is used as a summertime Amusement Park along the lines of old-time amusement parks, with less of an emphasis on rides and more on performance, such as magic acts and the like. It is a loud and boisterous place in both the summer and winter. For this panorama, I've cut out the amusement park completely to create a calmer picture.

The GM Building is visible here, as are the Sherry-Netherland Hotel, The Plaza, the top of the Trump Tower, the top of the Sony Building, 9 W 57th Street Building, 40 Central park South, etc . This is one of the classic skylines of mid-town Manhattan, as it is one of the major entry points into Central Park...

Technical:

This was the first gigapan with the Gigapan Pro, which is an excellent piece of kit. I moved from using an Olympus E510 to the E30 (from 10 to 12MP) with a third-party battery pack for two BLM-1 batteries. This, along with the battery pack of the Gigapan Pro, gives me in excess of 2000 pictures before needing to change batteries and solves battery problems of the past. On this particular gigapan, I used the Olympus Digital Zuiko 70-300 lens, set at 300mm. Exposure was 1/400th sec at f7.1.

This has been stitched with Stitch Efx 2.0.0501, but the stitch errors remain, although I told the system to use extended areas for the stitch. In the original, there is a slight disparity among the original pictures for some reason (it only appears in one picture, as far as I can tell), but it results in two stitch errors on the north side of the GM building. The final image was adjusted to increase the black level, gamma and saturation slightly.


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GigaPan Stitch.Efx version 2.0.0501 (Windows)
Panorama size: 3087 megapixels (114076 x 27064 pixels)
Input images: 572 (44 columns by 13 rows)
Field of view: 100.6 degrees wide by 23.9 degrees high (top=25.1, bottom=1.3)
Settings:
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.00637 c2=-0.00614
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera model: E-30
Image size: 4032x3024 (12.2 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-07-10 13:31:00 - 2011-07-10 14:27:05
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure time: 0.0025
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 23.6 to 51.3 percent
Vertical overlap: 31.2 to 36.4 percent
Computer stats: 12284.5 MB RAM, 6 CPUs
Total time 1:27:02 (9.1 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 28:25, Projection: 25:30, Blending: 33:07
(Preview finished in 1:02:11)
Color Adjustments:
black: 6.3
gamma: 1.19
saturation: 1.33

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