Glen David Short & His Travels with Gigapan
Currently traveling around South America on a motorbike with his EPIC 100 housed in a specially padded waterproof box, Glen would not dream of traveling anywhere without it.
He has taken gigapans throughout Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina, featuring that region’s beautiful cities and ancient architecture. To share highlights of his trips while he is on the road, Glen posts his panoramas on gigapan.com where he currently has more than 700 images.
“I like the idea that some gigapans are unique snapshots in time, historical documents that cannot be easily replicated,” Glen said. “This is especially true of panoramas taken from lookouts over cities, which are in a constant mode of flux. You could shoot a panorama the next day and the vista will be subtly different; a few years later and it will be very different. If it is a busy harbor city, and you can include a few ships, well, your panorama will be unique because those ships may never berth alongside fellow ships ever again.”
The EPIC 100 allows Glen to automate the process of shooting a panorama and saves time, which allows him to shoot even more amazing panoramas when traveling.
“I use the Gigapan EPIC 100 because it facilitates shooting large panoramas, of, say, more than a few dozen images,” Glen said. “Even when using a smaller number of shots, the Gigapan mount can add a measure of stability and consistency, especially important when you are zoomed in.”
Glen points out that shooting with Gigapan requires a certain amount of planning and patience, but is not difficult. He says that the camera you use need not be expensive, and a DSLR is not always necessary, particularly when traveling and equipment weight is a consideration. One of his favorite panoramas was taken at night with a little Ricoh GX200 point-and-shoot.
Favorite Destination Gigapan
Glen’s favorite gigapan is of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, taken in September 2011 with his EPIC 100, Pentax Kx and Tamron 300mm lens.
Shooting the panorama turned out to be quite an adventure in itself. Scouting around for a place with an unobstructed view of the cityscape, Glen traveled out of the city doubled up on the back of a motorcycle taxi, balancing all his photography gear. He finally found the perfect vantage point on the edge of the Saigon river, but the mud at the riverside was so soft, he had to put stones and pieces of wood under the tripod to stop it from sinking.
“The panorama is of the rapidly changing face of Vietnam: urban skyscrapers popping up like mushrooms, yet from where I was shooting on the other side of the river, it felt like I was in a poor rural village,” Glen said.
In addition, the image captures a beautiful variety of colors and moving objects like riverboats were far enough away to be captured in their entirety, he said.
July 31, 2013 Update
Glen David Short is the first gigapan.com member to have 1,000 public gigapans. His latest image overlooking the city of Cusco, Peru is a compilation of 500 individual images. The image was taken using a Pentax K-r, Tamron 300mm lens and the EPIC 100 on Friday, July 26, 2013, from a hill called El Calvario.
Glen isn’t the only Gigapan member to accomplish an incredible milestone. Member “The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661” has the highest average explore score and has also posted the most gigapans overall, but only 760 are publicly viewable. Another member, Ron Schott, has posted over 969 public gigapans, which have a larger average size of 1.48 gigapixels. You can discover additional Gigapan stats on Kilgore’s website.
To see Glen’s images, visit his Gigapan profile and read about his latest trip through South America on his blog.