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San Luis Obispo Bay and Avila Beach by Brian Lawler

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Brian Lawler Brian Lawler
Explore score
6.27 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 30, 2012
Date taken
Aug 29, 2012

This panoramic image takes in the coast of central California from Point Sal in Santa Barbara County along the dunes to Pismo Beach (left edge) to Avila Beach with its three piers (right edge). The first is the public Avila Pier, the second is the Cal Poly Marine Biology Pier, and the third is the public Old Port Inn, Port Harford Pier. The Port Harford Pier was originally longer, and ended with a T where steamships landed in the late 19th and early 20th century. A narrow gauge railroad called the Pacific Coast Railroad went out to the end of the pier, and took cargo from the steamships into San Luis Obispo, then south to Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara County. That railroad ran until the late 1940s when it was shut down and the rails sold. The right-of-way is now a bike path which is very popular with locals.

The photo was taken from Sycamore Crest, a ridge above the Avila Valley that is accessible by a public trail at the Sycamore Mineral Springs on the north side of the ridge. The ridge is also available by trail across private property from Pirate's Cove (left of center). Pirate's Cove is San Luis Obispo County's only clothing-optional beach, and is the nicest swimming beach in the county.

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GigaPan Stitch.Efx version 2.0.0500 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 6268 megapixels (213524 x 29356 pixels)
Input images: 583 (53 columns by 11 rows)
Field of view: 210.8 degrees wide by 29.0 degrees high (top=0.4, bottom=-28.6)
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.0194 c2=-0.0005
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Image size: 5616x3744 (21.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2012-08-29 12:14:50 - 2012-08-29 12:53:57
Aperture: f/22
Exposure time: 0.005
ISO: 500
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 399.7 mm
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 26.9 to 38.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 29.6 to 34.6 percent
Computer stats: 14336 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 2:54:11 (18 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 50:44, Projection: 46:33, Blending: 1:16:54
(Preview finished in 1:51:24)

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