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NYC Skyline at Night by Michael Hussey

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Taken by
Michael Hussey Michael Hussey
Explore score
1.72 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 08, 2010
Date taken
Jul 04, 2010

I both love and hate this shot. I love it because it is the most ambitious Gigapan I've shot to date (it took five hours to shoot on the night of July 4th - 36 seconds per photo with my Sony Cybershot) -- I hate it because I had the wrong settings on the camera (as you can see by the stripes).

Still, I invite you to zoom in to the various skyscrappers and and see the wonderful detail.

I vow to get back to the balcony I shot this from and get it perfect.

Michael Hussey
www.michaelhussey.com Will open in a new tab or window

Gigapan Comments (5)

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  1. Tom Nelson

    Tom Nelson (October 18, 2010, 10:16AM )

    Before you spend time on another big gigapan, try this: shoot a blank surface with focus on infinity, using various f/stops. Check for evidence of vignetting. This will tell you if stopping down will solve the problem. If it doesn't, and you've got a version of Photoshop, you can use the test photos as filters to correct the vignetting. Send me a message if you want to know how. Tom

  2. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (October 16, 2010, 02:13PM )

    I will be in town this week photographing the city. Mechanical vignetting ( caused by lens barrel ) can be reduced by stopping down ( increasing the aperture value ). Natural vignetting cos^4(b) is not reduced by stopping down. hugin.sourceforge.net/tech/icvs200 7_presentation.pdf Will open in
a new tab or windowAlso, ensure that you set your white balance to something other than AWB ( auto white balance ). If your camera has a Tungsten setting which aproximately 3400 kelvin that would be better. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_temper ature Will open in a new tab or windowLow pressure sodium lighting is lower, Incandescent (tungsten) is the same and flourescent is a bit higher at about 4400 kelvin.

  3. Michael Hussey

    Michael Hussey (July 09, 2010, 12:11PM )

    I'm going to try this again with a higher F-Stop and see if that does the trick.

  4. Michael Hussey

    Michael Hussey (July 08, 2010, 06:18PM )

    I use a SLIK tripod -- works well. I believe the error was caused by an incorrect Metering Mode on the Sony. I think it might be a limitation of this camera....perhaps need to upgrade to an SLR and the new Gigapan unit.

  5. Tom Nelson

    Tom Nelson (July 08, 2010, 05:56PM )

    At least your tripod's nice and steady, Michael. Excellent sharpness. What caused the vignetting?

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 1722 megapixels (73012 x 23592 pixels)
Input images: 448 (32 columns by 14 rows)
Field of view: 95.4 degrees wide by 30.8 degrees high (top=6.3, bottom=-24.5)
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Original image properties:
Camera make: SONY
Camera model: DSC-H10
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-07-04 22:27:59 - 2010-07-05 03:11:13
Aperture: f/4.4
Exposure time: 15
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 17.7 to 44.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 31.1 to 37.5 percent
Computer stats: 8125.03 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 41:28 (5.6 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 19:17, Projection: 3:20, Blending: 18:51
(Preview finished in 27:07)

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