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Learning to use focus bracketing with Canon SX-20 by Steve Beckelhimer

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Steve Beckelhimer Steve Beckelhimer
Explore score
0.16 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 27, 2011
Date taken

A Canon SX-20 was mounted on a GigaPan EPIC 100. The camera was set to focus bracket which took three exposures per button press. The GigaPan was set to three button presses per frame. This resulted in nine exposures per frame. These nine shots were stacked using Zerene Stacker software then stitched with GigaPan stitch 1.0.0805.
The clock was lit with a combination of ambient room light coming in from the south facing French door, CFL lights in an overhead fixture and direct lighting from a full spectrum reading light. This made setting the white balance a little tricky.

Exposure was 0.20 seconds with an aperture of f 8. Since light was low, the camera was set to ISO 400. Image stabilization was turned off and the camera was set to manual exposure, manual focus and medium focus bracketing. The GigaPan was set to allow 10 seconds per shot to allow for the three exposures to be taken for each button press.

Many thanks to Tom Nelson for great tips and ideas. gigapan.org/profiles/tnp651The cuckoo clock was purchased on our family trip to Germany in December 2010. We were in the small Bavarian town of Fussen and fell in love with this clock.

This clock is an eight day musical chalet style clock with beer drinkers in Lederhosen and a man pumping water. The cuckoo chirps the hour and half hour while children come out to dance and twirl.

The clock was purchased from Herr Wolfgang Strauß at Der Vogelhandler in Fussen, DE.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 159 megapixels (12072 x 13216 pixels)
Input images: 24 (4 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 32.8 degrees wide by 35.9 degrees high (top=31.8, bottom=-4.1)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: unknown
Camera model: unknown
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: unknown
Aperture: unknown
Exposure time: unknown
ISO: unknown
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 40.6 to 45.8 percent
Vertical overlap: 28.2 to 46.0 percent
Computer stats: 8183.12 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 1:28 (3.7 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 33 seconds, Projection: 11 seconds, Blending: 45 seconds
(Preview finished in 55 seconds)

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