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Japanese Green Tea (First Harvest 2009) by PoPBunka! 英会話 浜松市 by Jeffrey Armstrong PoPBunka!

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Jeffrey Armstrong PoPBunka! Jeffrey Armstrong PoPBunka!
Explore score
0.67 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 29, 2009
Date taken
Apr 29, 2009

Canon G10


This panorama was made in the early hours, about 5.30am. The sun had just risen in the east and the green tea rows are tinged with sunlight. The location is Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (aka. The Home of Japanese Green Tea). The 2009 harvest season has begun with the first 'new tea' or 'shincha' cut been made on many of the rows in this panorama. The lightest colour rows have yet to be trimmed. The brown coloured rows have had all of the leaves cut in stages according to tea quality level. First cut leaves fetch the highest prices. Each row can be cut from 3~5 times. The final cut is often used in blended teas that have the lowest quality. One interesting point about this photo is that Mount Fuji is located off in the distance, however, weather conditions during harvest season hardly ever permit a clear shot. It's usually too hazy. Please have a look at my other panorama as it shows the leaves closer up.

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Gigapan Comments (3)

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  1. Payam Rahmani

    Payam Rahmani (May 01, 2009, 06:10AM )

    This is really beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  2. Jeffrey Armstrong PoPBunka!

    Jeffrey Armstrong PoPBunka! (April 29, 2009, 11:26PM )

    The fans blow overnight and early morning to keep frost from developing on the plants. The air temperature about 5 metres up is actually significantly hotter than at ground level. The fans are used to blow that hotter air down onto the plants and keep frost from developing. Its quite simply amazing ingenuity. ____________________________ www.popbunka.com Will open in
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  3. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (April 29, 2009, 10:49PM )

    I really love this panorama. I like the vibrant green and the texture and geometry of the tea plant rows along with the undulating hills. This is great. Thanks for sharing it with us : )

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 672 megapixels (59591 x 11278 pixels)
Input images: 100 (20 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 147.9 degrees wide by 28.0 degrees high (top=6.5, bottom=-21.4)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G9
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-04-29 05:41:31 - 2009-04-29 05:49:36
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.04
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 207.7 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 25.2 to 31.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 27.6 to 36.8 percent
Computer stats: 4096 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:16:13 (0:45 per picture)
Alignment: 6:14, Projection: 6:49, Blending: 1:03:09

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