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Grand Canyon GigaView #17 Over Crystal by Thomas Hayden

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Taken by
Thomas Hayden Thomas Hayden
Explore score
0.21 Gigapixels
Date added
May 07, 2010
Date taken
Apr 05, 2010

Canon PowerShot S5IS


In December of 1966, a historic storm sent debis flows, flash floods full of boulders with the consistancy of wet concrete, down many of the drainages in the Grand Canyon. Crystal Rapid was changed from a placid riffle into an enormous rapid with deadly consequences. High water events in 1983 and 1996 further transformed the rapid into what we see today. Run properly, Crystal is the least dramatic large rapid in the Canyon. One mistake can easily lead a raft into the large hole visible in this image. Rafts in this hole often flip over, which sends passengers and gear downstream into the Class 4 rapid and boulder field below where safe recovery can very difficult. Rafters use a narrow channel on river right to bypass the two large holes in Crystal, but bumping into shallow rocks can send a raft back into the current towards the hole.

Grand Canyon GigaView is a new school virtual tour of the Grand Canyon created with a collection of GigaPan images taken on a private rafting trip in April 2010 and geolocated in Google Earth. Explore the journey grandcanyongigaview.tumblr.com Will open in a new tab or window/
Search for it here on GigaPan.org or dive into the day by day trip report at the link above. Enjoy & please share with your networks!

You can also explore this image at Photosynth.net and Bing Maps where you are surrounded by the spherical image. Check it out here: photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=ec2a4da3-245d-46a1-9e74-19a0743af0ae Will open in a new tab or window
or on Bing Maps here: binged.it/m3juH7 Will open in a new tab or window
or on the iPhone here: iphotosynth.cloudapp.net/ViewHandler.aspx?cid=ec2a4da3-245d-46a1-9e74-19a0743af0ae Will open in a new tab or window
Thanks for your interest in my work.
Thomas Hayden

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 212 megapixels (21920 x 9688 pixels)
Input images: 120 (15 columns by 8 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 159.1 degrees high (top=79.2, bottom=-79.9)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Image size: 3264x1832 (6.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-04-05 18:34:46 - 2010-04-05 18:49:38
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.0166667
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 36.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 50.3 to 80.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 34.5 to 49.3 percent
Computer stats: 3002.45 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 34:39 (17 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 10:00, Projection: 2:46, Blending: 21:52
(Preview finished in 21:26)

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