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Hermann Park Zoo Train: Riding In the Lap of Luxury by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.12 Gigapixels
Date added
Dec 07, 2010
Date taken
Dec 03, 2010

Nikon D750


A nice day in the park ... a few days later, a bitter south Texas cold front of 36 degrees came through and kept this GigaPanographer inside.

Previous panoramas and GigaPans of this immediate area can be seen via these two links: share.gigapan.org/viewGigapanFullscreen.php?id=9906 and www.gigapan.org/gigapans/25558/
My plan for this visit to the museum was to take a panorama of the fossil area and to take snapshots of the rocks and minerals that are on view at the Houston Museum of Science.

Afterwards, I walked outside and saw this view and decided to take a panorama with my Nikon D7000 and the 18-105mm 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor lens.

Although the panorama consists of only 11 stitched photos, thanks to the GigaPan Stitcher software, seeing it as a curved panorama on a curved surface via the "View in Google Earth 4.2+" link can be memorable.

And as always, more technical info can be seen via the Stitcher Notes.

Gigapan Comments (6)

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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (December 09, 2010, 06:19AM )

    Now you can see all the books I access in reference to English history. The above Bristol Temple Meads link is one of my favorites and I am sad that I will never have such a nice view as this for Houston, but maybe one day I will catch a ride on Amtrak and take a few panoramas of other train stations.

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (December 09, 2010, 01:19AM )

    Bah! I am discovered!

  3. David Engle

    David Engle (December 08, 2010, 12:41PM )

    You must be reading over my shoulder ... maybe you have a webcam of my activity??? :) www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metro politan/7322027.html Will open in
a new tab or window

  4. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (December 08, 2010, 12:17PM )

    You say this is the "zoo" train. Will we be seeing pictures of animals in forthcoming panos?

  5. David Engle

    David Engle (December 08, 2010, 10:23AM )

    One of my first hand-held D7000 panoramas ... www.gigapan.org/gigapans/62435/ I love trains ... when I was a kid, for Christmas one year I received a Lionel Train and it was *major* fun and when I grew older, there were other trains that I liked as well: www.thepeak.com.hk/en/5_5_1.asp&nb sp;Will
open in a new tab or window To answer your question, I believe that every State has its train folklore. A couple of years ago, a book was published, *Stealing the General*, which told a story about a train being stolen early on during the American Civil War, and I believe that there was a movie made about this event. But for many of us here in the States, passenger trains are not that important as they use to be (except on the East Coast). But then, compare our low usage of passenger trains with that of Europe, especially England, where they are an essential part of daily life for many of the English ... it is their way of life: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/22226/

  6. Tom Nelson

    Tom Nelson (December 08, 2010, 09:07AM )

    I remember (vaguely) a similar miniature train in Fort Worth when I was a little boy. I think it was at the zoo. Are such riding trains a big thing in Texas?

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 116 megapixels (24320 x 4784 pixels)
Input images: 11 (11 columns by 1 rows)
Field of view: 144.1 degrees wide by 28.3 degrees high (top=14.7, bottom=-13.6)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: NIKON D7000
Image size: 3264x4928 (16.1 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-12-03 14:34:21 - 2010-12-03 14:35:26
Aperture: f/11
Exposure time: 0.0166667
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 25.7 to 51.9 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:52 (10 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 25 seconds, Projection: 7.6 seconds, Blending: 1:20
(Preview finished in 42 seconds)

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