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Rain Forrest Butterflies: Butterfly Wing of the Houston Museum of Natural Science 4/4 by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.12 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 01, 2009
Date taken
Aug 28, 2009

Nikon D7100


Actually, it is called the Cockrell Butterfly Center and Insect Zoo, but I have always heard it as the Butterfly Wing of the Museum. At any one time, it seems like there may be thousands of butterflies in this enclosure and in this particular panorama, part of the dome is visible and below it is the artificial rain forrest.

A full description of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, including an external photo of the Butterfly Wing, can be found here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston_Museum_of_Natural_Science Will open in a new tab or window
A prize to the first to find a butterfly.

This panorama was taken hand-held with a Nikon D70 camera using a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens and attached to the camera was a SB800 flash unit.

Gigapan Comments (3)

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  1. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (September 09, 2009, 05:47AM )

    Your 15-row panorama is impressive for its depth of field. What knocks me out about this image is that you managed to keep your place whilst covering five columns as well as eight rows. I can imagine doing this myself - just about - if I used a tripod, but hand-held? No way. If you can do this consistently then you will have a significant advantage over mere mortals who have to use a gigapan imager to achieve the same effect because you will be able to get into places where the imager can't be used - eg the top of the Hilton (hint). This image (tinyurl.com/lgmzdd Will open in
a new tab or window) still fills me with envy :-)

  2. David Engle

    David Engle (September 04, 2009, 05:55AM )

    Thanks, I have taken a 15-row panorama before, www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 28119, but this one you are impressed with, I was most surprised that it stitced, where as with the Mechanical Engineering Tower panorama, I knew it would stitch, which obviously it did and the entire range of depth-of-field is in focus.

  3. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (September 04, 2009, 12:49AM )

    I know from experience how difficult it is to take a hand-held gigapan with more than one row when you are stitching with the gigapan stitcher, so I am really impressed by this shot. Eight rows? EIGHT rows?! Amazing. Does anyone know if this is a record?

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4329 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 122 megapixels (12917 x 9490 pixels)
Input images: 40 (5 columns by 8 rows)
Field of view: 98.9 degrees wide by 72.7 degrees high (top=9.9, bottom=-62.8)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: NIKON D70
Image size: 3024x1998 (6.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-08-28 11:34:12 - 2009-08-28 11:36:40
Aperture: f/2.8 - f/22
Exposure time: 0.008
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 49.0 to 83.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 34.8 to 59.1 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 20:36 (0:30 per picture)
Alignment: 0:53, Projection: 2:27, Blending: 17:16

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