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Lake of Ivars-II by Josep Giribet

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Josep Giribet Josep Giribet
Explore score
1
Size
1.39 Gigapixels
Views
1807
Date added
Dec 26, 2011
Date taken
Dec 21, 2011
Gear

Gigapan Pro

Categories
environmental, landscape, nature
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Description

In the west of Catalonia, at 120Km from Barcelona, one can find a vast flatland region, having wide sediments expanses laid over millions of years.

Clusters of tiny lakes and marshes have formed naturally over the millennia. In the recent history, a century and a half ago an irrigation canal was built, the Canal d'Urgell. Most of the surrounding area was drained to provide water for it.

Despite those efforts, some lakes were saved and were used by the locals as a recreation area and to hunt the variety of birds living there or stopping over on their seasonal migration.

In the 1950's the lake of Ivars was drained and auctioned by the council as an agriculture development area.
However, the land was not very fertile due to its saltiness and the harvested cereal crops were very poor.

In the 1990's, environmental concerns had the government buy the area back, fill the lake up and let wildlife grow unmolested. In a short while, life was thriving again, with wetland green plants reclaiming the area and birds getting back in force.

Nowaydays it has many nature-loving visitors and brimming with exuberant wildlife, it has become a key stopover of bird migration between the north of Europe down to north Africa.

Gigapan photographer: Josep Giribet

Video making-of: youtu.be/KYcWkzkMvvE Will open in a new tab or window
Stitch notes:

GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 1450 megapixels (63192 x 22952 pixels)
Input images: 153 (17 columns by 9 rows)
Field of view: 109.2 degrees wide by 39.7 degrees high (top=15.4, bottom=-24.2)
Settings:
Use larger blending region
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Image size: 5616x3744 (21.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-12-21 16:48:15 - 2011-12-21 16:59:29
Aperture: f/32
Exposure time: 0.0125
ISO: 800
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 195.2 mm
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 34.1 to 41.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 34.5 to 40.0 percent


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