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Paterson, New Jersey from Garrett Mountain by Ron Schott

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
Ron Schott Ron Schott
Explore score
5.63 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 02, 2009
Date taken
Jun 14, 2009

Ever since I saw miao's GigaPan of "A city near Route 80" (www.gigapan.org/alpha/gigapans/15148/) I've been salivating at the chance to get back to Garrett Mountain to shoot a massive GigaPan from the same vantage point. The spot is very well suited for GigaPanning - an overlook with an unobstructed view and plenty of detail that ought to be highly explorable. What more could I ask for?

Better weather. Unfortunately the day that I finally got out there to shoot this monster turned out to be the kind of day that drives a GigaPanner to tears - partly cloudy skies - tantalizing stretches of clear blue sky punctuated by white puffy clouds whose devestating effects on the lighting of the scene belie their benign outward appearance. With over 1000 input images this GigaPan took well over an hour to capture. Naturally, the mostly sunny conditions that I set up for lasted just long enough to convince me that they would prevail, but by the time the bulk of the foreground shots were being snapped the conditions had morphed to mostly cloudy and the resulting shots ended up pretty underexposed. What can you do?

It wasn't a complete waste. I had a great conversation with a couple of passing bikers who were quite interested in the GigaPan technology (and far more knowledgable about it than your average passerby), and ultimately, despite the suboptimal exposures, the GigaPan Stitcher software took it all in stride and behaved like a trooper, outputting the largest GigaPan I've yet successfully stitched. I'm sure there'll still be plenty to explore and discover, but I'm still hoping that someday I'll have an opportunity to get back there and shoot this scene under better weather conditions.

Gigapan Comments (1)

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  1. Payam Rahmani

    Payam Rahmani (July 03, 2009, 06:11AM )

    Great panorama.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4090 (Windows)
Panorama size: 5629 megapixels (186059 x 30254 pixels)
Input images: 1008 (72 columns by 14 rows)
Field of view: 183.8 degrees wide by 29.9 degrees high (top=8.7, bottom=-21.2)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-06-14 16:16:43 - 2009-06-14 17:16:46
Aperture: f/5.7
Exposure time: 0.0015625
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 565.2 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 25.1 to 41.1 percent
Vertical overlap: 18.0 to 29.6 percent
Computer stats: 3070.09 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 26:07:17 (1:33 per picture)
Alignment: 7:00:16, Projection: 1:48:45, Blending: 17:18:15

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