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Dawson Falls panorama prior to freeze-up by Dave Belcher

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Taken by
Dave Belcher Dave Belcher
Explore score
0.28 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 17, 2009
Date taken
Oct 13, 2009

Panasonic Lumix FZ 50


Dawson Falls is a mini-Niagara about 60 feet high on the Murtle River in Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia. There are no fewer than 4 major cataracts on this river including Helmcken Falls ( www.pbase.com/darby2/image/118312026/original Will open in a new tab or window )about 4km downstream from this point where the river plunges over a 475 foot precipice into a volcanic gorge. I did a Gigapan of it as well. The river continues into the Clearwater River and eventually merges with the North Thompson and finally the Fraser which empties into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver.
Wells Gray Park has more than 20 major waterfalls.

Best times to see the falls are in early spring when there's lots of water or mid winter when there's lots of ice. The area upstream receives a lot of snow during winter so there's no shortage of water.

Regarding exposures, I did two passes, one at 1/60 second and this one at 1/40 sec. just to give some blur to the movement of the water.

Gigapan Comments (1)

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  1. Illah Nourbakhsh

    Illah Nourbakhsh (October 17, 2009, 03:57AM )

    Nice description, outstanding picture!

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 278 megapixels (32431 x 8602 pixels)
Input images: 70 (14 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 193.9 degrees wide by 51.4 degrees high (top=19.2, bottom=-32.2)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ50
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-10-13 15:15:48 - 2009-10-13 15:20:05
Aperture: f/11
Exposure time: 0.0166667
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 91.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 39.2 to 45.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 44.3 to 50.5 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 52:51 (0:45 per picture)
Alignment: 2:57, Projection: 6:52, Blending: 43:01

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