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Rice University: Maggie and Renuka and Willy in the Academic Quad by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.87 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 08, 2008
Date taken
Oct 07, 2008

Leica D-Lux 3


This was a very enjoyable effort and the results are most rewarding. It was a pleasure working with Maggie and Renuka and this GigaPan glows since it is one of my most often viewed panoramas.

The location can be seen from an earlier gigapan: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=6655
An experiment to determine the Leica D-Lux 3 depth of field. The camera lens was two feet or less from the granite stone and was shot at f/8. Thanks to Leica lens design: depth of focus extends from the lettering on the granite all the way back to Fondren Library.

Again, to observe the dramatic effect of Willy, click the link to the left to see him in Google Earth.

Gigapan Comments (10)

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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (March 27, 2010, 12:53PM )

    Kilgore, that is very kind and gracious of you to say that, and is indeed an honor coming from someone who has 7 GigaPans each having over 10,000 view counts with one of them over 100,000 view counts. Thanks :)

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (March 27, 2010, 12:35PM )

    10,000 hits! The first of your gigapans to do achieve this total I believe - congratulations!

  3. David Engle

    David Engle (October 20, 2008, 01:45PM )

    Very Interesting QUESTIONS Concerning Rice: www.rice.edu/sallyport/2006/winter /features/Fact_Fiction.html Will open in
a new tab or windowAnd the ANSWERS... but *TRY* to answer the questions before peeking: www.rice.edu/sallyport/2006/winter /features/Fact_Fiction1.html Will open in
a new tab or window

  4. David Engle

    David Engle (October 14, 2008, 06:47AM )

    By reading a number of blogs concerning either the Leica D-Lux 4 or the Panasonic LX3, that some are very happy and some are not. Primarily the ones that are unhappy are unhappy because there is not currently an Adobe plug-in to read the RAW files. For me, that is not an issue because the D-Lux 3, the way I have it set-up, gives me almost the same quality JPG files as it does RAW files and as we all know, the Gigapan Stitcher does fine with JPG files.

  5. David Engle

    David Engle (October 09, 2008, 03:30AM )

    As a comparison of the Leica D-Lux 3 to one of Nikkors best lens, look at the stop-sign snapshot in www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 6913 and follow the link to a similar pano taken with the Leica... pretty amazing results :)

  6. David Engle

    David Engle (October 09, 2008, 01:48AM )

    Thanks... glad you like it. You may try to find a D-Lux 3, but sadly, they have been discontinued to make room for the D-Lux 4. I have no idea why Leica AG did this because for a P&S camera for the robot platform, the D-Lux 3 is superior to the D-Lux 4 and as we shall see, this stitched panorama phenomena is the future of photography or at least, a big chunk of it.

  7. Sven H.

    Sven H. (October 09, 2008, 01:37AM )

    ok.got it. mixed the Leica and Panasonic model numbering. But even with a 112mm its astonishing in detail.

  8. David Engle

    David Engle (October 09, 2008, 01:08AM )

    This was taken with a Leica D-Lux 3 having a 4x zoom, which is about 112mm. The 60mm max that you refer to is the new Panasonic model which the Leica D-Lux 4 has the same characteristics. The new model(s) cannot accomplish anything like what the Leica D-Lux 3 can because the newer models do not have the same focal length range.

  9. Sven H.

    Sven H. (October 09, 2008, 12:30AM )

    How did you manage this with the LX3 having a max tele of 60mm ? You use an extender ? I have a LX3 as well, but everyone is saying there is no extender yet (as for the LX2).

  10. David Engle

    David Engle (October 08, 2008, 02:14AM )

    The depth of field is pretty amazing. I do not believe I could get anything like this using my DSLR, using a shutter speed of 1/160th second.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.2733 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 866 megapixels (44967 x 19263 pixels)
Input images: 260 (20 columns by 13 rows)
Field of view: 210.5 degrees wide by 90.2 degrees high (top=69.2, bottom=-20.9)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: LEICA
Camera model: D-LUX 3
Image size: 4224x2376 (10.0 megapixels)
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.00625
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 112.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Automatic
Has subsecond timestamp: no
Horizontal overlap: 49.7 to 78.6 percent
Vertical overlap: 38.8 to 41.8 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 9:39:19 (2:13 per picture)
Alignment: 11:13, Projection: 27:30, Blending: 9:00:34

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