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Seattle from Alki - HiRes by Ian Merritt

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
Ian Merritt Ian Merritt
Explore score
1.26 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 20, 2008
Date taken
Oct 20, 2008

High resolution pan shot from the Alki Beach area across Elliott Bay. The vantage point from which this was shot is very close to that of an earlier pan. The season is different, and this one was shot through a telescope with a 1000mm focal length.

This pan focuses on the main skyline. To include more recognizable landmarks such as the Space Needle would have nearly doubled the size, processing time, and amount of manual intervention required.

Gigapan Comments (5)

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  1. Daragh

    Daragh (July 23, 2009, 11:12AM )

    Looks like "more bars in more places"

  2. Pawel

    Pawel (April 22, 2009, 10:33AM )

    I love this gigapan - although it's a photo, it looks so surreal, with the intense colours, hardly any humans in sight in spite of the enormous buildings - it's so raw, so 'structured', and so 'cosmic'

  3. Ian Merritt

    Ian Merritt (January 01, 2009, 02:45PM )

    To Castillonis: This was shot with a Celestron C90 1000mm F11 telescope mounted on a heavy telescope tripod with vernier altitude and azimuth controls. Positioning was done manually using those controls. As to vibration control, I was using a mirror-up delayed shutter feature on the camera and sensor displacement image stabilization.

  4. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (January 01, 2009, 11:59AM )

    Which lens and camera did you use? Did you use a robot or take the photographs manually? I can probably help you get a better stitched image. I don't know how to deal with vibration at that focal length. I would be interested to hear how you tried to minimize lens movement / vibration.

  5. Shira Nahari

    Shira Nahari (October 21, 2008, 06:18PM )

    Your gigapans just get more and more remarkable. I'll forgive your not including the Space needle, though I almost didn't recognize the Emerald city without it.

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