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Niagara Falls By Night... by John Opie

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John Opie John Opie
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Size
0.89 Gigapixels
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1422
Date added
Jul 31, 2010
Date taken
Jul 22, 2010
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Long story about this picture!

This is actually the second one taken. The first one was a wider view and was virtually identical to the daytime picture. This was taken from the observation platform on the Canadian sde. While I placed the tripod between two for-pay binoculars in order to isolate the gigapan setup, I also was standing behind the tripod to prevent anyone from kicking the tripod, as this was a 4-second per image exposure and my time was not unlimited there (gotta sleep sometimes, you know!). That gigapan would have been a 500 image gigapan!

What happened to that one? At around 300 images, I was hit by someone from behind and almost knocked over the tripod. I turned around and a kid of around 12 years was on the ground. He had been fast-walking backwards and and had walked directly into me: I had been watching the gigapan unit and the beauty of the falls and hadn't seen him coming. I was, shall we say, a tad perturbed and snarled WTF, the kid looked up at me, cried "MOM!!!!" and took off. This was accompanied by laughter of others there, who had watched this all in silence. Thanks for the heads-up on that one, guys! :-(

Needless to say, the gigapan was not recoverable, as the entire tripod had been moved. As time was increasingly short (and I was increasingly tired...), I cut down the number of images to 280 and covered simply both falls.

The changing color on the falls on the American side is due to changing colors during the gigapan run. Unavoidable. I decided to do the gigapan as columns, rather than rows, in order to have the least time between picture series (far more columns here than rows...).

Lesson learned: don't watch the gigapan and what it is you are photgraphing: watch for kids goofing off and not watching where they are going! :-)

ImageDescription - OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Make - OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model - E-510
ExposureTime - 4 seconds
FNumber - 5.60
ExposureProgram - Manual control
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Fine weather
FocalLength - 300 mm
CustomRendered - Normal process
ExposureMode - Manual
White Balance - Manual
SceneCaptureType - Standard
GainControl - None
Contrast - Normal
Saturation - High
Sharpness - Normal
LensType - Zuiko Digital 70-300mm F4.0-5.6


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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 887 megapixels (77200 x 11492 pixels)
Input images: 280 (40 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 71.7 degrees wide by 10.7 degrees high (top=2.9, bottom=-7.8)
Settings:
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera model: E-510
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-07-23 03:24:54 - 2010-07-23 04:17:26
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 8
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 46.3 to 50.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 42.5 to 73.4 percent
Computer stats: 2813.68 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 2:39:18 (34 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 33:32, Projection: 9:48, Blending: 1:55:58
(Preview finished in 59:37)

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