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Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands by Douglas Dunlap

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Taken by
Douglas Dunlap Douglas Dunlap
Explore score
0.30 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 11, 2008
Date taken
Oct 09, 2008

This shot was taken of Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands from the overlook on North Shore Drive. It is the recurrent photograph of the island. I am amazed how well the Gigapan stitcher software did. I?m using 0.4.3510. Some of the shots have a low contrast clouds in them and some have featureless ocean yet the software managed to place the images.

I tried this array using Photoshop CS3 using Photomerge and it choked my computer. I can?t even show you what happened because the program hung and went into a ?non responding? state. I also tried PTgui version 8. It required the addition of hundreds of control points which I haven?t completely adjusted. Some of the control point errors arestill extremely large. It appears that Gigapan stitcher is the only program that takes advantage of the precise location of the images to place them in the panorama.
Some additional technical details: Imager SN01097, firmware 0.32.1, powered by AA alkaline batteries. Camera: Panasonic DMC-TZ3 at the 10x zoom setting, auto exposure and auto focus turned on (they can?t be turned off). Computer: HP laptop, 2.0 GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, Vista 32 bit.

I?ll go back next week and repeat this photo. I just missed the power boat in the shot, you can see the wake. The left side of the photo may not be interesting enough so I may crop it out.



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  1. Douglas Dunlap

    Douglas Dunlap (October 11, 2008, 12:13PM )

    Hello Everyone, This is Doug, I took the photo. The island on the horizon starting on the left is Jost Van Dyke, which is part of the British Virgin Islands. The second image from the edge shows a misalignment. It looks like the sticher latched on to the clouds and not the island. The sandy beach is Trunk Bay beach. Just to the right of the island which is just off the beach is a person paddling on a surfboard. This is Sam the lifeguard. Make sure you say hello to him if you are ever there. He is a very nice person. The island is Trunk Cay. Best Wishes and come see us, Doug

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3510 (Windows)
Panorama size: 299 megapixels (29344 x 10204 pixels)
Input images: 98 (14 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 39.9 degrees wide by 13.9 degrees high (top=1.4, bottom=-12.5)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-TZ3
Image size: 3072x2304 (7.1 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-10-09 11:29:14 - 2008-10-09 11:34:55
Aperture: f/4.9 - f/11
Exposure time: 0.000769231 - 0.01
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 280.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 32.2 to 37.8 percent
Vertical overlap: 41.0 to 47.4 percent
Computer stats: 3069.68 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:05:05 (0:39 per picture)
Alignment: 8:08, Projection: 7:00, Blending: 49:56

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