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California Honey Bee Sampling 2010 Gigapan #1 by Dennis vanEngelsdorp

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Taken by
Dennis vanEngelsdorp Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Explore score
0.63 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 16, 2010
Date taken
Nov 15, 2010

Image and Annotation by Mike Andree and Rob Snyder

After leaving Pittsburgh we arrived in San Fransisco at 1 pm. In San Francisco we hooked up with colleague Nathan Rice of the USDA Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD. The three of us loaded up the rental car with all of our gear (gigapans, field equipment, and a few odds and ends?). We then made the 4 hour drive to Bakersfield, CA where we would visit our first apiary

This was the first Gigapan I took when we got to California. This was the first apiary we visited to kick the sampling trip off. The 360 degree panorama gives you a feel for what its like to work in some of the areas we visit to conduct disease and pest surveys. It may not look like we are doing much work but what we needed to do was figure out some logistical things before we got started. Shortly after the gigapan stopped shooting we began cracking open hives and got to work.

Honey Bee Disease and Pest Surveys consist of assessing colonies for strength by estimating adult and juvenile bee populations along with noting any in hive diseases and pests we observe. While assessing the colonies samples of live honey bees are taken from the brood nest in alcohol and also on dry ice. The alcohol samples are used to estimate populations of parasitic mites and fungal spores at Penn State University. The samples taken on dry-ice go to the USDA Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD where they are analyzed molecularly for viruses.

Follow along and we will show you what its like to sample bees for a week with the three of us! For more see California Honey Bee Sampling 2010 Gigapan #2

Mike Andree

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch version 1.1.1241 (Windows)
Panorama size: 626 megapixels (112112 x 5588 pixels)
Input images: 189 (63 columns by 3 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 17.9 degrees high (top=4.4, bottom=-13.6)
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.0449 c2=-0.00433
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
Image size: 4416x3312 (14.6 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-11-15 12:53:53 - 2010-11-15 13:14:27
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.004
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 58.4 to 79.4 percent
Vertical overlap: 65.9 to 66.5 percent
Computer stats: 3509.84 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 15:22 (4.9 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 2:18, Projection: 3:20, Blending: 9:44
(Preview finished in 7:15)

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