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San Francisco April 18th 2006 - repeat photo of George Lawrence's 1906 image by Ron Klein

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Taken by
Ron Klein Ron Klein
Explore score
0.12 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 04, 2008
Date taken
Apr 18, 2006

22" swing lens pan camera


Photo was taken EXACTLY 100 years after the April 18, 1906 earthquake from the same location that George Lawrence managed to capture the city by flying his 49 pound camera with a train of kites. The modern image was created with a full size replica of Lawrence's swing lens camera and shot from a helicopter. The negative size in the camera is 24 inches by 55 inches, but like Lawrence the final print was cropped to 19 inches by 49 inches. More info can be found at www.RonKleinPhotos.com Will open in a new tab or window

Gigapan Comments (3)

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  1. Jason Buchheim

    Jason Buchheim (March 08, 2013, 01:47PM )

    Here is a side by side version of modern and historical www.3d-360.com/3d/8568-1988-180-18 0 Will open in a new tab or window (be sure to press 'change view' button once for side by side view, and control pan and zoom with right side image)

  2. Tim Zukas

    Tim Zukas (December 05, 2012, 04:52PM )

    Camera position is about 37.79882N 122.38907W (hopefully both correct within 0.0001 deg). So the pic spans 144 horizontal degrees: left edge azimuth about 166.6 deg, right edge 310.6 deg.

  3. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (July 14, 2011, 11:50AM )

    I cannot believe that I did not find this image earlier. I have always loved the original George Lawrence photo. It is great to see a modern version of this panorama for comparison. It answers many questions that I have. It is so great that you constructed a similar camera and used the older 19 inch Dagor lens.

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