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Overlooking Turtle Pond from Belvedere Castle - Central Park NYC by Michael Hussey

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Michael Hussey Michael Hussey
Explore score
4.09 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 18, 2009
Date taken
Oct 17, 2009

Sony Cybershot DSC-H10


Taken on a cold October afternoon (10/17/09) overlooking Turtle Pond from a Belvedere Castle overlook, this is one of the largest GigaPans I've taken yet. Almost 1150 images large, this took an entire afternoon to stitch using the newest GigaPan software (version 1.0). Note the top of the castle spire -- those are the instruments which record the official New York City weather. I'm sure this GigaPan would look better on a sunny day -- but there was something very nice about the windy autumn day that I think is well captured in this photograph. Also, the water is stripped in this image because the wind was really swirling and blowing the water around in all sorts of directions.

When it was built, the view from Belvedere Castle provided a vista over the rectangular receiving reservoir, which has been replaced by the Great Lawn, an oval of turf with eight baseball diamonds, loosely defined by plantings of trees in clumps in the manner of the English landscape garden, and, at the foot of Vista Rock, the Turtle Pond, redesigned in 1997 as a naturalistic planting, in which no single vantage-point reveals the water's full extent. Sunken concrete shelving at varying depths provide ideal water depths for shoreline plants such as lizard's tail, bullrush, turtlehead, and blueflag iris. The success of habitat for birds, insects, amphibians, and reptiles is embodied in sightings of species of dragon-fly not previously sighted in Central Park.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 1.0.0031 (Windows)
Panorama size: 255 megapixels (26556 x 9622 pixels)
Input images: 1128 (47 columns by 24 rows)
Field of view: 171.0 degrees wide by 61.9 degrees high (top=33.7, bottom=-28.3)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: SONY
Camera model: DSC-H10
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-10-17 12:34:28 - 2009-10-17 13:36:51
Aperture: f/4.4
Exposure time: 0.01
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 24.8 to 41.6 percent
Vertical overlap: 33.7 to 38.3 percent
Computer stats: 2805.1 MB RAM, 2 CPUs

Total time 9:51:31 (0:31 per picture)
Alignment: 9:28:15, Projection: 4:04, Blending: 19:12

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