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Columbia University in the City of New York - Morningside Heights Campus by Ross Huttner

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
Ross Huttner Ross Huttner
Explore score
1.12 Gigapixels
Date added
May 15, 2010
Date taken
May 15, 2010

After seeing the Inauguration gigapan I decided to buy the Gigapan robot and felt that Columbia University's campus would make a nice gigapan. Over a year later I was finally able to take it.

I made several attempts but ran into problems of construction, events, trucks, etc on campus that would have obstructed part of the view. I also needed to wait to take it while the trees didn't have leaves on them to be able to see buildings in the background. So that limited when I could take it.

I also wanted to get it to be as clear of people as possible to avoid ghosts, decapitations, amputations, etc. I thought Easter Sunday would be a good day for campus to be empty, but it turned out to be over 70 degrees that day and campus started to look like a beach.

I also had problems of the gigapan running out of power once, and the camera running out twice. As well as the gigapan's arm moving when I manually pressed the shutter. This created a few areas where the alignment became a problem.

I was able to clean it up a lot but there are some areas where I didn't have enough coverage to completely remove people. I also had a focus problem so it isn't as sharp as I would have liked, but this is probably the best I can get (at least until the winter if I want to try again).

While cleaning up the people I decided to have some fun with it. When the same person partially appeared close to themselves, instead of removing one version I allowed both versions to appear in full. There are 3 examples of this intentional 'twinning'. There are also a few people that appear more than once and not near themselves.

Some of the signs have writing that are too small to read even at full zoom, or can't be fully read due to the angle. I've taken snapshots of those signs and included the text for those that are interested in reading them.

Here are the specs:

Rows: 14
Columns: 63
Number of images: 882
Number of images taken: 2,463
Number of shots per click: 2
Number of images actually used: 717
Number of images adjusted: 110

Date taken: 4/4/2010
Time of first pic: 11:28AM
Time of last pic: 02:45PM

Width: 87750
Height: 12783

Stitched with PT GUI v8.3.7
Stitch time: 9 hours 4 minutes
Computer stats: 3998.26 MB RAM, 2 CPUs

Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 76.7 degrees high

Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot A720 IS
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Aperture: f/4.8 - f/8
Exposure time: 0.003125
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 210.7 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 15.8 to 91.6 percent
Vertical overlap: 0.0 to 74.3 percent

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