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Split Rock Lighthouse 100th Anniversary by Robert Rydeen

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Robert Rydeen Robert Rydeen
Explore score
0.20 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 02, 2010
Date taken
May 31, 2010

Iron ore shipments on Lake Superior demanded a new lighthouse on the lake's inhospitable North Shore in the early 1900's. A storm on Nov. 28, 1905, damaged 29 ships. Two of these carriers foundered on this rocky coastline, which some called "the most dangerous piece of water in the world." In early 1907, Congress appropriated $75,000 for a lighthouse and fog signal in the vicinity of Split Rock. The U. S. Lighthouse Service completed the 7.6-acre facility in 1910 and operated it until 1939, when the U.S. Coast Guard took command. By that time, Split Rock's picturesque setting near the North Shore highway, built in 1924, had made it "probably the most visited lighthouse in the United States." The station closed in 1969 when modern navigational equipment made it obsolete. The State of Minnesota obtained the scenic landmark in 1971. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources operates Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, a 2,200-acre state park that offers hiking, picnicking and tent camping to visitors.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 198 megapixels (21092 x 9424 pixels)
Input images: 40 (8 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 11.9 degrees wide by 5.3 degrees high (top=4.5, bottom=-0.8)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ35
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-05-31 04:25:10 - 2010-05-31 04:27:40
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.004
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 486.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 37.4 to 40.8 percent
Vertical overlap: 41.6 to 60.9 percent
Computer stats: 3840 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 3:32 (5.3 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 1:06, Projection: 20 seconds, Blending: 2:07
(Preview finished in 1:47)

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