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Utah Valley @ Night by Loren Peterson

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Taken by
Loren Peterson Loren Peterson
Explore score
3.65 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 14, 2010
Date taken
Nov 13, 2010

Canon 7D


This is my first Gigapan that I have attempted. It was taken from the peak of Squaw Mountain. Before leaving I had no idea how hard it would be to make the hike with my Manfroto tripod, 7D, 70-200 lens and the Gigapan Epic Pro. I was freeeezing during the setup and 37 minutes of picture taking. Something I suspected was that there would be a variation in ambient light as the sun was setting. Because it was so cold and I was alone on top of a mountain I thought it not prudent to wait much longer for more consistent lighting. Longer exposure would also have helped to get more detail but once again because I was anxious to leave I set my ISO to 4000 and dropped my aperture as much as I could to save time but still have a deep enough DOF. The IQ of the image is a little low because of the high ISO used. I've decided to redo the shot after having made better preparations. The plan is to use a 400mm lens with a 2X extender to give me 1280 mm of reach on my 7D. If my calculations are accurate this should give me 8x the resolution. I'd like to get more detail in the underexposed areas and avoid having the hot spots being lost (lit signs etc.) so I may also bracket for HDR. My only concern is that it may take 3-4 hours to do all this and I don't feel like chillin in the snow on top of a mountain at night waiting. It just may be worth it though. In any case though, this is just my first gigapan. I’m sure the ones to follow will be much improved.

Any insightful feedback would be much appreciated :)

Gigapan Comments (3)

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  1. TheShot

    TheShot (November 16, 2010, 05:20PM )

    It turned out a lot clearer than many of the other nighttime panorama's I've seen on here. The view is incredible up there as you can see the copper mine all the way down to Springville. What would really be spectacular is if you had a daytime version and a nighttime one from the same spot. It would take hours, but it would be amazing. One thing I notice is that you used automatic white balance. I guess that doesn't matter much on a night panorama, but I've found that causes me problems when I shoot them during the day. I now fix the white balance on daylight or cloudy (or whatever), so none of the frames have a different color temperature that messes up the panorama. I also set the picture style to "neutral" or "faithful" so the colors don't shift between frame shots. The other modes seem to enhance colors differently per shot and cause color issues when stitching. Anyway, very well done and I'm impressed with both your dedication to getting the shot as I am the outstanding results for a first go. You picked a great site to shoot as well. I look forward to seeing more of your panoramas on gigapan!

  2. Loren Peterson

    Loren Peterson (November 15, 2010, 05:09PM )

    @ TheShot Thanks! I took the shots at f9. All the data is in the Stitcher Notes. Ideally I would have taken the shots at ISO 400 or less but because of the cold I had to get them all as quick as possible. There was some wind and my tripod wasn't super stable but the new IS system of the lens really helped keep the shots sharp.

  3. TheShot

    TheShot (November 15, 2010, 04:36PM )

    Awesome Loren, this is really cool shoot! Wow, that's some serious dedication to climb that mountain to take this shot. It turned out really good and I appreciate you explaining how you took it. I've tried taking shots of the Salt Lake Valley at night and they have turned out bad because of wind or poor camera settings. I'm still learning a lot too. What f-Stop setting did you use?

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 3647 megapixels (125148 x 29144 pixels)
Input images: 408 (34 columns by 12 rows)
Field of view: 153.0 degrees wide by 35.6 degrees high (top=3.4, bottom=-32.2)
Use larger blending region
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
Image size: 5184x3456 (17.9 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-11-13 17:32:55 - 2010-11-13 18:00:37
Aperture: f/9
Exposure time: 0.25
ISO: 4000
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 29.9 to 41.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 31.1 to 34.2 percent
Computer stats: 24576 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 37:05 (5.5 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 12:42, Projection: 7:02, Blending: 17:21
(Preview finished in 25:17)

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