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Yosemite National Park Geology > Yosemite's El Capitan by Joel Baldwin

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
Joel Baldwin Joel  Baldwin
Explore score
5.40 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 27, 2009
Date taken
May 17, 2009

Canon SX10IS


Looking across El Capitan meadow at the entire face. How many climbers can you find?

Gigapan Comments (4)

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  1. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (November 08, 2009, 04:11PM )

    Excellent panoramas. It is difficult to maintain the quality of the entire image as the panorama becomes larger. It also takes much longer to stitch and edit the image. People will not be able to retouch images of this size unless they have more than 3GB of system memory which means you need to use something other than XP. A great tool for determining the time of day when the lighting will be good is to use Google Earth and then click the sun icon at the top which will cause the light to be modeled. A slider control will appear which allows you to change the time. This allows you to see when the light begins to illuminate the subject and when the light begins to disappear. You can advance to a date when you plan on being at that location. Another thing that you are able to do in Google Earth is use the ruler to determine what distances you are working with and what type of depth of field issues you will have. You can always bring shadows back to add contrast and depth by adjusting the midtones and bringing the black levels up. Excellent panoramas. I apologize for not noticing sooner. Especially for maintaining high quality for much larger gigapan sizes : )


    CARLOS LOPEZ (September 30, 2009, 10:17AM )

    Espectacular!!!. Espero yo algún día poder contemplar tan espectacular paisaje en vivo y en directo. Saludos y Enhorabuena!.

  3. Joel  Baldwin

    Joel Baldwin (July 05, 2009, 07:48PM )

    Thank you for the kind words. I do my best to produce the highest quality within my ability. Unlike most of the other gigapans I’ve done, this shot pretty much just happened. I was driving past, on my way home after a weekend of gigapaning. I decided to stop and take a look. I went out into the meadow and wandered around until I found this spot. Seeing my lucky timing, the rock face was well lit, I ran back to the car and grabbed everything and set up the shot. It actually took two attempts to produce this shot on this afternoon. The first attempt failed part way through due to a dead battery. Gigspans like this are really hard on batteries and I’ve had problems on several occasions. It took a while to work out the kinks. I now have a workflow established where I can reliably produce quality shots like this. But it has taken some trial and many errors. Freshly charged batteries are important! One interesting aspect of Gigapanning is the time-delay aspect. A large pano takes me up to 2 hours to shoot. If your object of interest is in the center or right of the frame you have to start the gigapan an hour or more before the lighting is correct for that object! This gigapan was produced using a Beta Gigapan and a Canon SX10IS zoomed to the max zoom of 560mm equiv. 1333 shots were taken over the course of an hour. It was stitched using the Gigapan stitcher V0.4.3864 and exported as a PS *.raw file. This file was then edited in order to crop and adjust levels/contrast/etc. I’ve not done an extensive search for climbers. However the ones you’ve found are not ones I had found. There are more there!  It would not surprise me if you were to find more than I was aware of.

  4. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (July 02, 2009, 08:25PM )

    This is a spectacular GigaPan, Joel! Of course, it helps to have a great subject, but I'm very impressed by the composition and execution, as well. I'd love it if you'd share a little more information about how you composed this one. Since the metadata isn't there I'm sure you've cleaned it up a bit in Photoshop(?). I'd really like to know in what order you shot the images? Clearly there was a good deal of planning to scout the best vantage point and the right time of day to minimize shadows. Any other metadata or technique info you'd be willing to share would be welcome, too. I'm sure we'd all like to know the camera make and stitching software used, for starters. And for the record, the three climbers I was able to positively identify can't be all of them, can they? How many did you spot? Once again, wonderful job! Keep up the great work! Ron

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