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Flight 93 Memorial by Cassandra Vivian

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Taken by
Cassandra Vivian Cassandra Vivian
Explore score
0.96 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 02, 2009
Date taken
Jul 03, 2009

July 4, 2009
My family and I live less than an hour from the site where Flight 93 crashed in the fields of Somerset County, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. On that morning I was teaching a research class at a local college. On the Fourth of July of 2009 my family and I took a morning ride to see the site and the temporary memorial erected by the National Park Service. (We also visited the Quecreek Mine Memorial, commemorating the rescue of nine miners in July of 2002 -- which is a few miles away.) I took my gigapan. I am glad I did.
Over the years visitors have left mementos along a wall: some of them quite emotional. There is more to see on the wall than at the actual site of the crash which is hundreds of yards beyond (and currently off limits). When we arrived the ranger was giving a lecture and almost all of the visitors were seated. I quickly set up my gigapan, but not soon enough. By the time it began to shoot the lecture had ended. Most people left, but a few remained and began to mill about. At first I was going to abort the process, but I let it run.
I did not open the gigapan to make the final panorama until nearly three weeks later. I was pleasantly surprised. The panorama produced a head here, a leg there, a small boy, a middle aged man. To me it is quite poignant. Here were additional tributes to the people who perished on the flight. Here were the living coming to give respect to the dead. I could not have planned it better. I hope others see what I see in this image.
If anyone can tell me how to lighten and darken and modify images from the gigapan and then upload them I will be grateful.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 960 megapixels (62792 x 15297 pixels)
Input images: 108 (18 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 164.8 degrees wide by 40.2 degrees high (top=27.0, bottom=-13.2)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G9
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-07-04 03:05:18 - 2009-07-04 03:12:41
Aperture: f/4.8
Exposure time: 0.0025
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 207.7 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 10.0 to 20.3 percent
Vertical overlap: 15.7 to 21.6 percent
Computer stats: 3573.89 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:28:36 (0:49 per picture)
Alignment: 6:48, Projection: 9:19, Blending: 1:12:28

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