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Mount Rainier from the South by Ron Schott

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Taken by
Ron Schott Ron Schott
Explore score
0.91 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 04, 2009
Date taken
Aug 05, 2009

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

GigaPan Epic100 (1st generatio...

environmental, geology, landscape, nature, travel

Still hazy.

Gigapan Comments (4)

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  1. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (September 04, 2009, 02:51PM )

    I'm not certain exactly how many batteries I went through that day, but I can give you some idea of the arsenal of batteries that I carried with me. I had two GigaPan units along - a Beta and an Epic100 - though there was only one point when I used the two simultaneously. I also had three cameras - the SX10 and two S5 ISs. All but one of the GigaPans I shot on the August 5th was shot with the Epic100 SX10 combo. I had no less than 60 AA NiMH rechargable batteries along for the day - 8 Canons, 8 Eneloops, 12 Duracells, and all the rest Sonys. With 4 in each camera and 6 in each GigaPan unit, I also generally had 6-12 in spare GigaPan battery holders (Thanks Erin!) ready to swap in as required and 8 in the charger running off the inverter in my Jeep at all times. Throughout the day I'd continually swap spent batteries into the charger and rotate recharged batteries into the cameras/GigaPan robots as necessary. I shot the 1900 image GigaPan of St. Helens - Spirit Lake (scheduled to stitch this weekend) on a single set of freshly charged batteries in the Epic100/SX10 rig, though I had to swap in fresh batteries for a 200 shot pan right after that. Needless to say, I'm rapidly building an expertise in "battery management". ;-)

  2. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (September 04, 2009, 01:56PM )

    I looked for the filter accessories for this camera and did not find any. You would probably need to tape a filter on once you achieve critical focus. This is NOT something that I would want to do : ) Ron, I understand the time thing. I am amazed that you took so many panoramas. 16 panos in a day. That is a lot! How many batteries did you use?

  3. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (September 04, 2009, 12:53PM )

    Thanks for the suggestion, Stoney. I think a polarizing lens is a great idea here, but I'm not sure if one is available for the Canon SX10 IS - it doesn't have any threads for additional lenses such as a teleconverter, so I'm not sure how one would affix a polarizing filter to this camera. If I do find a solution that works with the SX10 IS I think it would be a good addition to my kit. The sunrise/sunset suggestion is well taken, as well, though you probably realize that I was shooting lots of GigaPans on this trip and on days such as this I took the shots whenever they presented themselves. (August 5th was my most productive day on the trip with 16 GigaPans shot, so I was really hustling between them.) I wish I had the luxury of hanging around to shoot each one at the optimal time of day (perhaps someday when I figure out how to make GigaPanning pay the bills I'll do just that), but at least on this trip I could only plan my days to optimize one or two of the shots - the others fit in where they were available. You'll note that I took the Windy Ridge shots of Mount St. Helens in the morning when light was more optimal there, and these Rainier shots in the afternoon, simply because that's when I got there. This one might have been better a couple of hours earlier, for example. I'll have a better idea next time I get up to the Pacific Northwest how to plan my shooting. Hopefully I'll be blessed with "severe clear" weather, too. I do appreciate the suggestions, Stoney - please don't take my explanations as defensiveness. I'm still striving to improve my photographic technique and I welcome your constructive feedback.

  4. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (September 04, 2009, 10:14AM )

    You probably already know this, but I thought I would mention it just in case. Using a polarizer helps reduce glare. Also, photographing near sunrise and sunset helps, but you cannot take a large gigapan, because the light is changing quickly. So using a polarizer would help reduce the haze. You can also make an adjustment to the midtone level and black levels in Photoshop to reduce the haze. Greg ward included a PSF function for reducing flare ( haze ) for light sources, but I do not know if it would help for this situation.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4090 (Windows)
Panorama size: 907 megapixels (52254 x 17362 pixels)
Input images: 160 (20 columns by 8 rows)
Field of view: 52.7 degrees wide by 17.5 degrees high (top=16.7, bottom=-0.8)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-08-05 20:09:55 - 2009-08-05 20:19:30
Aperture: f/5.7
Exposure time: 0.00125
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 565.2 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 28.0 to 34.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 25.9 to 30.8 percent
Computer stats: 3069.98 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 2:03:26 (0:46 per picture)
Alignment: 9:27, Projection: 9:52, Blending: 1:44:07

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