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Mississippi River Flood Crest from the Levee, northern Louisiana, May 2011 by Ron Schott

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Ron Schott Ron Schott
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Size
2.45 Gigapixels
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3418
Date added
May 26, 2011
Date taken
May 23, 2011
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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

GigaPan Epic100 (2nd generatio...

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This 360 degree panorama was shot atop the mainline Mississippi River Levee, just north of the Old River Control Structure, in northern Louisiana. When this GigaPan was shot on the afternoon of May 23, 2011, the river was at maximum flood stage (or within about a day of cresting) just upstream of the first diversionary pathway that distributes some of its discharge down the Atchafalaya basin. It's hard to get a quantifiable sense of scale here, but the river is within about four or five feet of the crest of the levee and the fields on the other side of the levee are something like 20-30 feet lower. If the mainline levee ever failed during a flood stage like this all the kings horses and all the kings men wouldn't be able to put it back together again. Fortunately, it looks like the levees are in good shape this year, and though the flood is near record levels, the diversionary measures downstream appear to be effective in reducing stress on the levees this time. Let's hope we're always as lucky.

Field assistants Edi and Berti take up familiar positions monitoring the levee (see: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/43892/ for foreshadowing).


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GigaPan Stitch version 1.1.1564 (Windows)
Panorama size: 2448 megapixels (171736 x 14260 pixels)
Input images: 504 (72 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 29.9 degrees high (top=6.7, bottom=-23.2)
Settings:
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.0244 c2=0.00232
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-05-23 15:55:25 - 2011-05-23 16:29:50
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 0.0025
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 257.0 mm - 274.5 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 28.1 to 68.2 percent
Vertical overlap: 29.3 to 36.2 percent
Computer stats: 12279 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 48:07 (5.7 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 24:30, Projection: 7:23, Blending: 16:15
(Preview finished in 35:09)

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