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About This Gigapan

Taken by
The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"
Explore score
6.02 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 12, 2009
Date taken
May 31, 2009

Gigapan Epic 100 + Sony DSC H7...


The fourth of four gigapans I took along the South Bank. I love this scene for the range of architecture on display. There is nearly 1000 years of building in this shot.

I would have liked to continue my journey eastward along the Thames but didn't have the time. In any case Denmca has beaten me to it: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=27970.
For this shot I used my Sony at maximum zoom (x15) with its £99 1.7x teleconverter giving me 80 rows by 16 columns (1280 images). There is a lot of sky in this image partly because I like sky (when it is blue) but mainly because I wanted to get all of City Hall in the shot too. Unfortunately I was running late and had to stop the gigapan before it got to City Hall - just off to the right. I nearly killed myself struggling back to the train station with all my gigapanning gear but missed the train :-)

The shot is foreshortened because of a long handrail right in front of the camera. Normally I wouldn't bother about having something like that in the image even if it was out of focus, but on this occasion I decided discretion was the better part of valor since I was running late and the image was already 80 by 16. (Actually it was 95 by 16 but I couldn't get the first 15 columns to stitch with the rest.)

This is by far the largest gigapan I have created. It crashed the gigapan stitcher. After lots of crashes and lots of jumping up and down cursing all things French, I finally persuaded Autopano to stitch and render it. But the gigapan uploader crashed :-) Finally I discovered version 0.4.4154 (Windows) of the gigapan uploader and that worked.

For the view to the West see www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=25106.
This gigapan replaces the "10GPix" version of the same scene. It turns out that I didn't use the right settings in APP so the original gigapan was scaled up by a factor of 0.8 in both dimensions. This version was stitched with the GP stitcher and is the correct size.

The original (now private so as not to show up as the 5th largest gigapan) is here: tinyurl.com/l9ryzd Will open in a new tab or window.

Gigapan Comments (2)

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  1. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (July 19, 2009, 05:55AM )

    Did you take into account that this gigapan has more columns than the other one? If you look at the far right of this image you can see that the right tower of Tower bridge is not on the edge of the picture - in the other one it is. (You can see very slightly more on the extreme left too.)

  2. David Engle

    David Engle (July 19, 2009, 03:41AM )

    The three building that we see in the center left of this GigaPan; I measured the original or actually only scaled it on a sheet of paper and then laid it against this image and saw that the distance was just slightly shorter, which indicates that there is an actual horizontal linear measurable difference between the two GigaPans.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4521 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 6024 megapixels (202833 x 29704 pixels)
Input images: 1380 (92 columns by 15 rows)
Field of view: 11.6 degrees wide by 1.7 degrees high (top=1.6, bottom=-0.1)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: SONY
Camera model: DSC-H7
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2007-01-01 00:59:31 - 2009-05-31 17:52:43
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.00625
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 13.6 to 50.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 11.3 to 54.1 percent
Computer stats: 4096 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 64:29:41 (2:48 per picture)
Alignment: 26:05:23, Projection: 1:55:10, Blending: 36:29:06

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