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Balconia... by John Opie

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Taken by
John Opie John Opie
Explore score
0.17 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 07, 2008
Date taken
Sep 06, 2008

Just got my Gigapan, this is the first result. This is the view from Balconia, that strange and bizarre countryside where we often spend the summers. It wasn't the best day for the shot, what with strongly moving and dramatic rain clouds in the sky, but I simply didn't want to put off trying this out!

Like I said, it's the first attempt, and I'd repeat it now, but it is raining too hard to do so. When I got the Gigapan, I was very disappointed to see that my Olympus E510 really, really doesn't fit (Ok, it also wasn't listed...), but to see that my old Nikon Coolpix 5000 also doesn't fit is a considerable disappointment. Oh well, it just means that I have to go and buy another camera: this was done with my daughter's Casio and she has already told me that I can't use it all the time.

Working with the Gigapan was great, the instructions are very good and easy to follow. It's mounted on an old Gitzo tripod with a rather solid Manfrotto head. I'm really looking forward to finding a camera that will properly fit, one that gives me a decent telephoto and 10MP+. I usually use the Olypmpus E510 for digital work, but I've got that Nikon Coolpix 5000 (was my first digital), and it'd have been nicer to work with that one. One of the problems with using these consumer cameras is the very, very small sensor and resulting diffraction and color fringing problems for the final image.

I originally took this as a 7x9 mosaic, but the bottom row didn't completely work out. The camera also switched back to automatic after the first several shots, hence the bizarre exposures. I understand that this is beta, but unless you have one of the cameras on the system list, it's very hard to know if your camera will work or not: fundamentally, any camera with a handgrip on the right side of the camera will not work, and that rules out a very large number of cameras. This should be better explained on the web site. The quality of the Casio lens is also not that great, and even with 170MP, when you get into the details the lens doesn't keep up with the sensor...this will take some research to find the right combination!

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.2735 (Windows)
Panorama size: 168 megapixels (18920 x 8904 pixels)
Input images: 45 (9 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 80.7 degrees wide by 38.0 degrees high (top=7.5, bottom=-30.5)
Combine images in draft mode (seams between pictures will be visible)
Keep projected images
Original image properties:
Camera model: EX-Z11
Image size: 3072x2304 (7.1 megapixels)
Aperture: f/5.9
Exposure time: 0.002 - 0.0166667
ISO: 50 - 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 114.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Automatic
Has subsecond timestamp: no
Horizontal overlap: 24.6 to 39.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 38.0 to 43.6 percent
Computer stats: 2047.01 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 8:44 (0:11 per picture)
Alignment: 4:32, Projection: 1:50, Blending: 2:21

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