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FRC 2009 Championship in Atlanta 3 by Frank Neuperger

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Taken by
Frank Neuperger Frank Neuperger
Explore score
1.05 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 21, 2009
Date taken
Apr 17, 2008

Third in a sequence of three shots from the second level at the Georgia Dome.

This is the second FRC 2009 FINALS shot to be posted.

For discussion, please post comments/questions under this image or on Chief Delphi here:

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FYI, the first pano is here www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=21481&window_height=956&window_width=1538
This pano was done once the Einstein Matches were under way and everyone is pretty much seated.

You will notice a few frames were missed by the camera and have been filled with gray. Possible cause: I had to use a spacer between camera and the pan/tilt platform. The original spacer that supported the full length of the camera got lost on the way to ATL. A makeshift spacer of 1 inch diameter was improvised. This small support combined with flex in the pan/tilt structure likely allowed for the camera to creep in rotation w.r.t. the shutter release servo/nub as the many frames were shot. This could affect the registration between the shutter button and the nub that presses on it to trigger it. I could see some flex in the camera support platform as the servo actuated the shots. It is likely that the nub that is intended to press the shutter button may have hung on a lip that is around the shutter button in a few shots.

There are also some frames that show blurring/smear due to vertical motion.

Note that to fit the Panasonic super zoom class camera, I had to flip the camera platform over and mount the servo (to release shutter) on the other side of the platform. This places the cameara and platform C of G a bit higher than the axis of tilt rotation. When near horizontal, as the camera goes over the point of balance, the backlash in the tilt mechanism may have allowed for the sudden tilt l movement to take up the backlash and hence blurring/smear in pics on he horizon (see lower section of balcony) . This could easily have taken place as the shutter released and flexed the camera support.

Keep in mind that this beta Gigapan was intended for a point and shoot camera and I have mounted a slightly larger than intended camera on it and compromised due to using the wrong spacer.

I have another very similar shot and my try to combine the best of both images to repair the deficiencies of each.

Frank N
Team 39

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 1050 megapixels (49367 x 21281 pixels)
Input images: 299 (23 columns by 13 rows)
Field of view: 51.2 degrees wide by 22.1 degrees high (top=1.2, bottom=-20.8)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Panasonic (+ 2 unknown)
Camera model: DMC-FZ18 (+ 2 unknown)
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-04-17 16:45:55 - 2008-04-17 17:02:54 (+ 2 unknown)
Aperture: f/4.2 (+ 2 unknown)
Exposure time: 0.1 (+ 2 unknown)
ISO: 200 (+ 2 unknown)
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 504.0 mm (+ 2 unknown)
Digital zoom: off (+ 2 unknown)
White balance: Automatic (+ 2 unknown)
Exposure mode: Manual (+ 2 unknown)
Horizontal overlap: 21.9 to 42.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 7.6 to 100.0 percent
Computer stats: 7421.12 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 2:33:24 (0:30 per picture)
Alignment: 28:43, Projection: 13:18, Blending: 1:51:22

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