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Balconia revisited... by John Opie

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
John Opie John Opie
Explore score
0.15 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 21, 2008
Date taken
Sep 20, 2008

What a difference the camera makes. This is basically the same view as the first photo, but with a slightly different perspective in order to avoid having the camera look directly into the sun.

Hardware was the gigapn head, modified slightly so that the E510 fits. The L-Bracket I'm using is too heavy (it's a thick piece of aluminum) and I'll have to make a proper bracket so that I can use the tele kit lens. I had this on at first, but the mass was too great for the gigapan head. :-( The shutter finger was mounted with a piece of velcro on the front of the camera, but that is too insubstantial and I had to hold the finger in place. Will have to work on a proper system.

Camera is the Olympus E510 with the "standard" kit lens set at 42mm, aperature of f9.5, with shutter speed of 1/180th s. Manual exposure, manual WB, manual focus just like you're supposed to do. That makes ALL the difference in the results, especially compared to the last one I did.

What didn't work well is the sky. The contrail didn't drift *that* much, but the Gigapan stitcher still has problems here.

Gigapan Comments (5)

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  1. JL

    JL (September 21, 2008, 09:20AM )

    Hi John, me not. But some people did, instead of optocoupler they use a reed relay. If you want it, I will make a pic of the little adapter which I putted between the remote and the line from the robot. - Paul

  2. John Opie

    John Opie (September 21, 2008, 07:47AM )

    Hi Paul - Hmm, that's a tad beyond my competencies, unless there is some documentation. Have you posted on this in the forum? JohnF

  3. JL

    JL (September 21, 2008, 07:39AM )

    Hi John, i bougth a cheap remote cable (RM-UC1 compatible) and connected it with two optocouplers and resistors. The remote cable is plugged to the USB connector of the E510. As you should not use AF (to avoid missed pics), it works fine when cam is set to MF. - Paul

  4. John Opie

    John Opie (September 21, 2008, 06:35AM )

    Hi Paul - Thanks. I will check in with the forum to document what I'm doing. How did you connect the E510 by wire? I can only see doing via USB... JohnF

  5. JL

    JL (September 21, 2008, 06:26AM )

    Hi John, I recommend to set the Gigapan shutter to "digital", remove the servo and connect the E510 by wire. It would be nice if you post a pic in the Gigapanforum, when your Gigapan-modding is ready. Before I've got the Gigapan I made my own robot for the E510. ciao Paul

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.2735 (Windows)
Panorama size: 154 megapixels (13446 x 11522 pixels)
Input images: 30 (5 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 90.0 degrees wide by 77.1 degrees high (top=43.6, bottom=-33.5)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: E-510
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Aperture: f/9.5
Exposure time: 0.00555556
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Has subsecond timestamp: no
Horizontal overlap: 39.0 to 50.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 32.0 to 38.0 percent
Computer stats: 2047.01 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:24:10 (2:48 per picture)
Alignment: 10:35, Projection: 7:41, Blending: 1:05:53

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