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View from Eagle Peak of Yosemite Valley by Joel Baldwin

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
Joel Baldwin Joel  Baldwin
Explore score
10.87 Gigapixels
Date added
Mar 28, 2010
Date taken
Jun 24, 2009

Canon SX10IS


Gigapan Comments (9)

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  1. Randy McCreight

    Randy McCreight (March 12, 2017, 01:57AM )

    Very nice. The view from Eagle Peak is spectacular.

  2. Mark Hansen

    Mark Hansen (April 29, 2010, 04:24AM )

    what did you use as a lens? Do you have a VR lens?

  3. Joel  Baldwin

    Joel Baldwin (March 29, 2010, 04:07AM )

    stitched with Gigapan Stitcher 0.4.3864 The blur is motion blur, you can see the seams between adjacent frames, one sharp, one not.

  4. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (March 29, 2010, 03:45AM )

    Joel, congratulations on such a giant image! What did you use to do the stitching? AP? With regard to your questions about blurry images, all of the things you mention are possible factors. I don't know how much you know about photography in general so please don't be insulted if I suggest that you can determine the cause of some problems by looking closely at your images. Eg motion blur looks different to soft focus. Motion blur can be fixed by shooting at higher shutter speeds and/or ISO ratings. What I will say is that there seems to be some support (from people who I believe know what they are talking about) for the idea that if you want to shoot gigapans like this where everything is at infinity then you do *not* want to use a DSLR. The reasoning is that if you want lots of sharp pixels than you want a camera with a small sensor i.e. a point and shoot. I don't understand the physics myself, but I used a super-zoom quite successfully taking shots like this (not so big but everything at infinity) before 'upgrading' to a 7D and a 50-500mm lens. The latter may prove to be superior in the long run, but it is *much* more difficult to use. I'd suggest you stick to the SX10 and learn its strengths and limitations unless you want to spend a lot of money and a lot of time becoming an expert on lenses and sensors. For more discussion and examples of what I have managed see www.gigapan.org/gigapans/45223/ and www.gigapan.org/gigapans/45180/ and www.gigapan.org/gigapans/45204/ and do let me know if you come across examples of other people getting good results with DSLRs and long lenses.

  5. Joel  Baldwin

    Joel Baldwin (March 29, 2010, 02:47AM )

    castillonis - The Gigapan turned out ok. Maybe I'm being overly critical of it, but as the creator of it I'm quite aware of its flaws. Some of the frames are blurry. It was a bit windy during the shot so the Gigapan head was wobbling and bouncing around a bit. This could be the cause of the blurriness. It could also be movement from the shutter button pusher rocking the camera. I hope to have both of these problems resolved before I start shooting Gigapans this summer. I've had many, many problems with blurry frames, so it's at the top of my list of problems to eliminate. Getting the camera focused was a problem at the beginning of my Gigapanning. As it turns out, it is possible to have to camera do the focusing in manual mode. It took me a while to figure out the required settings and technique. During post processing I ended up clipping the highlights a bit. On the other hand, I did manage to bring out more detail in the High Sierra mountains in the background. I've also become somewhat disappointed with the image quality of the SX10IS. As you zoom in to the 1/1 point it starts to break down. focus? jpeg compression? lens sharpness? heat shimmer from the distance? post processing? Would a DSLR such as my Canon 450D be better? It's a matter of responding to the perceived imperfections so as to always improve the product. There's always for improvement. Maybe I'll make these improvements and try taking this shot again.

  6. Joel  Baldwin

    Joel Baldwin (March 29, 2010, 02:16AM )

    2322 shots taken over 1 hour 40 minutes

  7. Zbigniew

    Zbigniew (March 29, 2010, 01:45AM )

    This is great gigapan. How many shots?

  8. Payam Rahmani

    Payam Rahmani (March 29, 2010, 12:47AM )

    Great pano.

  9. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (March 28, 2010, 08:43PM )

    Joel, this is a great panorama. It has exceptionaly high image quality due to how large it is and the fact that you captured it with a point and shoot that is difficult to manually focus. I was in the area this week and should have made an attempt to meet up with you. Look forward to your future gigapans : )

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