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George Gee and the Jump, Jivin Wailers at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh; 8th Annual Pitt Stop Lindy Hop by Alexander Rudnicky

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Taken by
Alexander Rudnicky Alexander Rudnicky
Explore score
0.50 Gigapixels
Date added
Dec 01, 2008
Date taken
Nov 22, 2008

Pitt Stop Lindy Hop is a national event; the focus is social dancing (as opposed to competition or instruction) and features mostly live music. This is their main Saturday night event. George Gee is based in New York though he started out in Pittsburgh, maybe 25 years ago.
Apart from liking dance I did this panorama because I was interested in seeing what might happen with dynamic scenes. The vast majority of panoramas (I looked at all the ones on gigapan.org tagged with 'pittsburgh') feature static scenes of landscapes or of built environments. These are cool, but ultimately they feel about the same: there's no story being told. I probably wouldn't have cared one way or another had I not attended the opening of an exhibit of gigapans made by schoolchildren (in Pittsburgh and in other places around the globe) who used the medium to learn about each other. Apart from the sheer genius of the idea, and of its execution, what fascinated me the most was discovering the ghosts in the images: an eye, a laugh, a bit of heel from someone running across the field of view. Life stealing into a still-life... or maybe just kids trying to annoy the grownups. It reminded me of Cubism and of David Hockney's Polaroids. But anyway.
This particular scene uses fixed focus and exposure (as per the Gigapan guideline) but there's too much dynamic range in the scene for this to make sense. Some of my other panoramas from this event are technically better when I let the camera do the settings (but these turned out aesthetically less successful).The GigaPan Stitcher is not so good at stitching this type of scene (check out the errors in the upper left corner) but having tried evaluation versions of several commercial products (Autopano, PTGui, Panorama Factory) and trying to be clever by pipelining the stitching, I've not too impressed with them either. If you've worked out any hacks that might be applicable, do let me know.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3510 (Windows)
Panorama size: 498 megapixels (56052 x 8886 pixels)
Input images: 115 (23 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 251.4 degrees wide by 39.9 degrees high (top=15.1, bottom=-24.7)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-11-22 23:29:32 - 2008-11-22 23:41:25
Aperture: f/5.5
Exposure time: 0.166667
ISO: 800
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 140.4 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 22.3 to 31.3 percent
Vertical overlap: 29.9 to 39.7 percent
Computer stats: 2045.54 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 52:59 (0:27 per picture)
Alignment: 4:43, Projection: 5:34, Blending: 42:40

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