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Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park by Ron Schott

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
Ron Schott Ron Schott
Explore score
4.21 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 24, 2009
Date taken
Jul 27, 2009

Do you think there's a shallow magma chamber here?

Gigapan Comments (6)

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  1. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (September 14, 2012, 12:39AM )

    Victoria - I don't actually shoot in RAW, I use highest resolution JPG, mainly because I've never learned how to process RAW (but it also saves space & time). Picking camera settings is something you just have to learn through experience, though your choices seem pretty reasonable. I often check what the camera is selecting in full auto mode and then adjust my manual settings from there, as necessary. Not all of my GigaPans are perfectly exposed - e.g., www.gigapan.com/gigapans/113953 - sometimes you just have to get lucky with the light.

  2. Victoria Gideon

    Victoria Gideon (September 06, 2012, 10:00AM )

    Awe ok, thanks I have been taking it to the widest point of each lens. I use all Nikki's lenses, but I also have been switching from raw to fine jpeg. So you are saying leave it in raw? How do you deal with lighting changes? So if you look at my pan of the Oregon coast the land is too dark but the water is fine. How do you choose your best shutter speed? I use the infinant focus, for f stop i normally go as high as i dare for max depth of feild, and then have been kind of trying to pick a shutter speed that will be some where in the middle of the not to dark or to light but not sure which is the best way to lean to. Do you have an ISO preference ? Thans so much for all your help!

  3. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (September 06, 2012, 02:04AM )

    For the vast majority of my GigaPans I don't bother cleaning them up with Photoshop before posting to GigaPan.com (mainly because you lose the Stitcher notes in the process). I find that the optimal overlap is in the 25-35% range. The best ways to maximize size and "zoomability" are to maximize the optical zoom on your camera/lens. Having a higher megapixel sensor can also help in terms of raw pixel size, but the quality of the lens makes the most difference in terms of the quality of the resolution at maximum zoom.

  4. Victoria Gideon

    Victoria Gideon (September 05, 2012, 12:33PM )

    Thank you! I am wondering though how you get the images larger, I have tried overlapping up to 70% but for some reason, it just does not seem to get the detail BTW I shoot a Nikon D7000 and have been using various lens to try stuff. Are you editing in photoshop or just uploading to the site directly using the gigapan uploader?

  5. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (September 05, 2012, 12:02PM )

    My best advice is practice, practice, practice! I got good at shooting GigaPans by shooting lots of them. The surest way to learn is from making your own mistakes. Maybe one bit of advice I can offer is (if you've got the time) shoot a wider, taller view than you originally think you want. You can always crop off extra pixels later, but you'll never get back the pixels you don't shoot. The other suggestion I'd make is check all camera settings twice - make a checklist if you want to. And good luck! Have a great trip!

  6. Victoria Gideon

    Victoria Gideon (September 05, 2012, 11:11AM )

    Im going here this next week. I hope I can take as nice photos as you have here. My gigapan is new to me... so far, I dont have it down... lol grrrr. Any tips for a newbee?

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4090 (Windows)
Panorama size: 4211 megapixels (160966 x 26167 pixels)
Input images: 744 (62 columns by 12 rows)
Field of view: 168.9 degrees wide by 27.5 degrees high (top=10.2, bottom=-17.3)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-07-27 17:46:33 - 2009-07-27 18:32:42
Aperture: f/5.7
Exposure time: 0.002
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 565.2 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 27.4 to 34.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 20.8 to 27.0 percent
Computer stats: 3069.98 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 8:23:38 (0:40 per picture)
Alignment: 1:25:57, Projection: 38:12, Blending: 6:19:28

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