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Veteran's Memorial Fieldhouse by Steve Beckelhimer

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Steve Beckelhimer Steve Beckelhimer
Explore score
3.77 Gigapixels
Date added
Feb 02, 2012
Date taken
Feb 02, 2012

GigaPan EPIC 100

Canon SX-20 IS

architectural, cityscapes, sports

The Veteran’s Memorial Fieldhouse was dedicated in 1950 as an homage to veteran’s of the two world wars. For many years, the Veteran’s Memorial Fieldhouse was the center of sports and entertainment in the TriState area around Huntington, West Virginia.
Marshall University’s basketball teams played home games at the Fieldhouse until the Henderson Center opened on the University campus in 1991. Many high schools in Cabell County used the Fieldhouse for basketball games where a larger crowd was expected. When Cabell County’s high schools consolidated in the 1990s, their new gyms were large enough to accommodate the larger groups.
Although smaller concerts continued to be held at the Fieldhouse, most bigger acts were scheduled into the Big Sandy Superstore Arena after about 1980. One event that was a perennial favorite and has long been associated with the Veteran’s Memorial Fieldhouse was the Golden Gloves boxing tournament.
Ownership of the Veteran’s Memorial Fieldhouse has transferred from one agency to another including Cabell County Schools and the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District. The aging building became increasingly expensive to maintain and had fallen into disrepair. In 2012, the property was sold to Marshall University for the construction of a soccer stadium and other athletic facilities. In the agreement, the University must retain an area that honors veterans although the Fieldhouse will be demolished. The last event scheduled for the Veteran’s Memorial Fieldhouse will be a Marshall University alumni basketball game on February 10, 2012. Within three weeks of the date of this image, the Veteran's Memorial Fieldhouse will be reduced to rubble.
This image was shot on February 2, 2012, Groundhog Day, at about 1 pm. The image was shot in front of Rio Grande Restaurant, across Fifth Avenue from the Fieldhouse. The image is a matrix of 1178 shots from a Canon SX-20 IS in 62 columns by 19 rows. The camera was set to manual focus, manual exposure ISO 80, f/8, 1/300s). A total of 78 minutes was required to record the images and over five hours was used in stitching the 1178 images on an i7 computer with 8 gb of RAM. The resulting image size of the GigaPan is 3.77 gigapixels.
Some oddly colored patches can be seen in the stitched image. This is because large trucks crossed Rt. 60 (Fifth Avenue) while the shots were being taken.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 3773 megapixels (121920 x 30948 pixels)
Input images: 1178 (62 columns by 19 rows)
Field of view: 119.1 degrees wide by 30.2 degrees high (top=24.6, bottom=-5.7)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2012-02-02 13:02:07 - 2012-02-02 14:20:58
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.003125
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 558.5 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 50.1 to 56.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 42.5 to 82.1 percent
Computer stats: 8183.12 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 5:05:24 (16 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 3:40:10, Projection: 11:58, Blending: 1:13:16
(Preview finished in 4:42:53)

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