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Minerals > Mineral display in Carnegie Museum of Natural History by Paul Heckbert

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
Paul Heckbert Paul Heckbert
Explore score
Print Pricing
$61.00 to $192.00
0.32 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 15, 2009
Date taken
Apr 25, 2008
geology, indoor, nature

Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems

see www.carnegiemnh.org/exhibitions/hillman.htm Will open in a new tab or window for info on this hall of the museum

Gigapan Comments (6)

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  1. Payam Rahmani

    Payam Rahmani (August 17, 2009, 07:58AM )

    a great location, a great gigapan.

  2. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (August 16, 2009, 09:15AM )

    The mechanical button pusher would work, but it would be better to use an electronic trigger cable.

  3. Paul Heckbert

    Paul Heckbert (August 16, 2009, 05:08AM )

    Thanks Stoney; focus bracketing sounds worth trying. Do you need electronic triggering, to do this with a Gigapan robot, or would a mechanical button pusher work, also?

  4. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (August 15, 2009, 11:18PM )

    Nice panorama Paul. You don't know what you are missing until you open it up and explore. I would use a camera with a smaller sensor, but a good lens. If you increase the aperture value past a certian point you begin to lose detail to diffraction losses. The Canon G9 and G10 will actually focus bracket which would increase your DOF. You can use the freely available enfuse or tufuse to fuse the focus before stitching with the Gigapan stitcher. The G10 also has a remote shutter port which would allow you to trigger this camera electronically. It would use the same cord as the Canon Rebel DSLR models. We will hopefully have these cables soon to offer to everyone.

  5. Paul Heckbert

    Paul Heckbert (August 15, 2009, 09:29PM )

    I found my notes from a year ago: I shot this version (version 3) with autofocus, while versions 1 & 2 were shot with focus lock. I just made the other versions private, since they're generally blurrier. It would be interesting to re-try this panorama using a camera with better exposure control, or a lens&camera with better low light sensitivity. With a smaller aperture you'd get better depth of field and perhaps you could get everything in reasonable focus.

  6. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (August 15, 2009, 09:20AM )

    Overall, I'd say the focus looks much better on this version. What'd you do differently in each case, Paul?

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4917 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 320 megapixels (57316 x 5590 pixels)
Input images: 81 (27 columns by 3 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 35.1 degrees high (top=5.6, bottom=-29.5)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SD800 IS
Image size: 3072x2304 (7.1 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-04-25 11:50:46 - 2008-04-25 11:57:21
Aperture: f/5.8
Exposure time: 0.2
ISO: unknown
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 104.7 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 27.3 to 79.1 percent
Vertical overlap: 28.7 to 31.8 percent
Computer stats: 1792 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 34:52 (0:25 per picture)
Alignment: 1:40, Projection: 3:34, Blending: 29:37

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