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Dave Belcher

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take; but by the moments that take our breath away

I live and work in the Edmonton area of Alberta. Most of my work in the last 30 years has been in the field of graphic arts and photo reproduction. I'm no stranger to large cameras. In years past I worked on a large overhead Brown Admiral repro camera with an 890mm apo-Nikor lens and a film format of 60" x 96". I've also worked with the latest drum scanners from Crosfield and Fuji. I currently live on an acreage near Stony Plain , Alberta. My other hobbies include backyard astronomy, flyfishing, canoeing and gardening, specializing in growing giant pumpkins and sunflowers. I've also taken up flying and hope to have my private pilot's license soon. In the meantime I'll be taking lots of aerial photos with the digital camera.
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Gigapan Users and Creators Group on Facebook:
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My Gigapan BLOG:
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email: darbkin@gmail.com
Regarding my Gigapan images, I try to optimize the exposure and composition for detail, accuracy of colour and overall interest of the subject matter. You'll find my subject matter varied and unusual in some respects. Some images contain stitching errors because of subject movement during recording.

I'm also currently working on a project to output many of my images on a 98" wide Hewlett-Packard plotter at high resolution (1440 x 1440) with the view to having an exhibition next year. Stay tuned for further developments! The largest plotter images can be 96" high by the length of the roll (150 feet) Test results so far have been excellent. Prices and shipping details upon request.

And now....the world's largest panorama...nearly 27 Gigapixels of the skyline of the city of Paris...a monumental undertaking by French photographer Arnaud Frich and his team. 2346 images stitched into one huge panorama measuring 354159 x 75570 pixels!!!
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Unfortunately, the Frich panorama has been superceded by a monster panorama of Shanghai...272 Gigapixels, composed of 12,000 shots!!!!

Regarding my own images I have a passion for large format stuff. To me, I consider making a GigaPan with the same feelings that a composer for the piano would have when he creates a beautiful concerto. It has colour, depth, tone, great timing, scope, imagination and passion.

I'm currently interested in acquiring a medium format camera for this stuff... [dreams every fleeting moment about Hasselblads, Phase One, Seitz Roundshot-D3 and a few others] www.roundshot.ch/xml_1/internet/de/application/d438/d925/f933.cfm Will open in a new tab or window
or the luxurious Seitz 6x17 Digital www.roundshot.ch/xml_1/internet/de/application/d438/d925/f934.cfm Will open in a new tab or window

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Dave Belcher's Gear

Gigapan Epic 100, used with both the FZ50 and the LX2

Gigapan Beta imager

Panasonic SDHC Class 6 memory cards

Macbook Pro 17" computer

Panasonic Lumix GX7
An extraordinary camera for recording Gigapans. It gives a great deal of image tone control. I have the 14-140 zoom lens as well as the 14-42 lens. Incredible resolution.