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Shades of Harry Potter - Giant Falcon Swoops By Me and Houston WaterWall - a 360 Panorama by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.17 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 22, 2009
Date taken
Jul 22, 2009

Nikon D7100


In a snapshot, a falcon is seen banking out of a turn to fly straight at this GigaPanographer. A few blocks away are a few swans, but I was not aware of any other bird types until I saw this beautiful bird in flight. Two words... big and amazing and I was able to capture it as this scene unfolded.

Note: This panorama was stitched from 37 photos taken with a Nikon D70 and aNikkor 18-70mm kit lens. The overall focus could have been a tad better, but the photos themselves were NEF or RAW converted to 300 dpi JPG files and then stitched with Stitcher version 0.4.4087 with the result that in the *Thinking* snapshot you can easily see the bike wheel spokes at a good distance from the camera lens.

Gigapan Comments (5)

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  1. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (July 29, 2009, 11:59PM )

    Although it is not much use when using a gigapan imager, for hand-held shots you may find a unipod useful. Also, health and safety people are less worried about them because they don't cause obstructions. For example, when I approached the people that run Bristol Temple Meads train station with the idea of taking some gigapans, initially they said "Tripod? No way!" but they relented when I made it clear that I was serious in my intent and had personal liability insurance (cheap and easy to get in the UK). The people at the Roman Baths are still as snotty as they were when you were last here :(

  2. David Engle

    David Engle (July 29, 2009, 04:02PM )

    Security people do not want accurate photographs taken of the territory they are hired to protect, and also a large number of tripods restrict the flow of people in and out of a small area. For those reasons, security people freak out when they see a tripod. It is not just here in the States that this situation exists. Once I took my camera and my collection of lenses plus a tripod to Bath and was rudely told in the Roman Baths that I could not use a tripod there (I think that they considered my presence with a tripod to be indicative of a professional photographer and since I was unknown to them, then that too indicated that I did not go through official chanels and purchase a permit); however the next day I went to Stourhead Garden (National Trust) and took some extraordinary photos, which bring back great memories of the Stourhead swan circling overhead (sounding like a 747 for all the noise that bird was making) and landing on the edge of the lake by my feet looking for a hand-out :)

  3. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (July 27, 2009, 03:22PM )

    Such a pity that the security people don't allow tripods because if they did you could make a great pano even better. I heard that somewhere in the US it is not illegal to use a tripod provided it is not on the ground. So, eg if you put two of its feet on your feet and have a friend who will allow you to put the third foot of the tripod on one of his feet, then that's not illegal. From what you have vouchsafed to me about the security people in Houston, I doubt this will cut much ice with them. Have you tried cash bribes? How about a pound of raw steak?

  4. David Engle

    David Engle (July 23, 2009, 03:15AM )

    Thanks Tom, This is a unique spot in Houston. I have been here before: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 8147 and gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=2651 4.Security has always told me not to use a tripod, so if I were to take robot GigaPan, I would have to be off-property. And with this hand-held, I got the falcon where as, with a robot, I would have missed the fly-over.

  5. Tom Nelson

    Tom Nelson (July 23, 2009, 12:10AM )


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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4087 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 168 megapixels (48792 x 3448 pixels)
Input images: 37 (37 columns by 1 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 25.4 degrees high (top=16.0, bottom=-9.4)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: NIKON D70
Image size: 2000x3008 (6.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-07-22 11:56:06 - 2009-07-22 11:58:23
Aperture: f/14
Exposure time: 0.01
ISO: unknown
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 17.4 to 62.4 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 8:59 (0:14 per picture)
Alignment: 1:58, Projection: 1:16, Blending: 5:44

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