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Rice University: Academic Quad - Nineteen Days Prior to 2009 Commencement by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
1.46 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 21, 2009
Date taken
Apr 21, 2008

Herzstein Hall, Lovett Hall & Sewall Hall

To my eye, this is one of the most incredible vistas that I have taken with a GigaPan robot, and as anyone can see who follows my GigaPan effort, this is not the first view we see of the Academic Quad, nor will it be the last.

Nineteen days of hard work required for this the 96th Commencement of Rice University.

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Gigapan Comments (5)

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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (July 16, 2009, 05:43AM )

    Thanks for the question. I am very pleased with this GigaPan taken with a Canon Sx110 ... the colors are brilliant, which I may have not seen on other GigaPans I have taken with a Leica D-Lux 3. The reason for this is that I initially contacted Ptitlouis (www.gigapan.org/viewProfile.php?use rid=17396) regarding my initial problems with the SX110 focus and in the course of our conversation, he suggested that I set the SX110 on vivid colors (Func. Set -> My Colors -> Vivid). But what you see in this GigaPan is more than just setting a function on a camera; it is the combination of blue sky, sun angle and azimuth, and the vivid setting. If you look at Ron Schott's GigaPan of Mt. Rushmore (gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=1046 2) you will quickly see the blue sky and if you go to my GigaPan of the east front of Lovett Hall (www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 21048), it too has the vivid blue sky. Speaking for myself, when you have the right sunlight, the right photo-angle and the right camera, magic can occur. Note: I have only altered the color of one GigaPan using PS. There have been several Gigapans constructed using PS (search for beerbikeparade). Hope this answers your question.

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (July 15, 2009, 11:19PM )

    Why are the colours so vivid in this shot? Lucky with the light? Skillful use of Photoshop? Or some magic settings on the SX110?

  3. David Engle

    David Engle (July 14, 2009, 08:26AM )

    Thanks, Have you looked at it in Google Earth? FYI: I have a number of stretching Rice panoramas at Panoramio: www.panoramio.com/user/960212  ;Will
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  4. Tyler

    Tyler (July 14, 2009, 07:48AM )

    Really nice! The way the building stretches around the panorama makes it seem endless. Ah, the good ol' college days! Hopefully one day Gigapan has a dSLR compatibility so I can do things robotically.

  5. David Engle

    David Engle (May 07, 2009, 10:45AM )

    If you want to know how good a panorama taken with a GigaPan robot can be; then compare this one: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 7923 [hand-held with a good camera] with the above, also taken with a good camera [Canon SX110], but using the robot. Note: the SX110 has more zoom to it than the Leica D-Lux 3 used in the hand-held pano.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 1458 megapixels (75406 x 19348 pixels)
Input images: 352 (32 columns by 11 rows)
Field of view: 148.9 degrees wide by 38.2 degrees high (top=31.7, bottom=-6.4)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-04-21 14:34:12 - 2008-04-21 15:10:27
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.00625
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 357.6 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 28.2 to 41.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 34.0 to 37.1 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 4:59:15 (0:51 per picture)
Alignment: 33:53, Projection: 29:24, Blending: 3:55:58

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