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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (April 25, 2009, 01:21PM )

    Kilgore failed to mention to you his masterpiece... www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 11099.

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (April 25, 2009, 12:06PM )

    PS Please geocode your images so we can see them in Google Earth (check David's home page if you are not sure what this means/how to do it.)

  3. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (April 25, 2009, 12:05PM )

    Hi Cassandra and Welcome to gigapan.org!I agree with David - from what you have posted so far, your images will indeed be popular. I like your scene too. A friend from PA said "it's just like England" and your scene could very well be in England if were not for the giant barn. In answer to your questions, if you want more pictures to get the same scene with more pixels then you need to increase the focal length (or zoom). I am not familiar with the G9 but in general the more you zoom the worse the image quality because the quality of zoom lenses is in no way comparable to fixed lenses. Also, vibration (from the camera apart from anything else) and wind become problems. You also need very clear air. Having said all that, I have shot many gigapans using a cheap zoom camera at full zoom, and whilst "proper photographers" scoff at the results, they are successful gigapans. The best examples are www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 8792 and share.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?i d=9802, both shot at x15 zoom (530mm). Re using RAW, as I understand it, RAW is what you need for controlling the exposure of your images rather than their sharpness per se. Of course, if you have say the dark branches of a tree in front of a bright sky, then you can make the branches look sharp by decreasing the exposure. However, for a gigapan you need to find the right exposure across all of your images, and if you have a big gigapan (to me this means more than 200 images) then the overhead of using RAW is too much of a pain to bother with. If in doubt, take the same gigapan in RAW and not-RAW (jpeg? tiff?) and compare the results including disk space and processing time. HTH

  4. David Engle

    David Engle (April 24, 2009, 03:43PM )

    Cassandra, You are a quick learner :) Your GigaPans will be very popular. Earlier: Several things: 1) Using the GigaPan search function, search for G9, and will will see large GigaPans with lots of images in each one. Typically, they got closer to their subject than what you have or else they have take a larger sweeping GigaPan than what you have in this GigaPan [Field of View=49]. 2) If you look at my home page [http://www.gigapan.org/viewProfile .php?userid=5296], you may see that I have used three cameras; a Leica D-Lux 3 [I always shoot jpg, never RAW except for the special baseball photos or those that were taken for the beer bike parade] that has much more zoom power than what your Leica D-Lux 4 has. In the beginning when I was waiting for the robot to magically appear, I used a Nikon with a 70mm (x1.5=100mm) lens that gave more detail and provided a good number of photos/GigaPan and more recently, I am now using a SX110 with lots of zoom. 3) If you look at: share.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?i d=6095, you will see an incredible amount of detail. This is one of my all-time favorites to look at and was taken by Ron Shott and he used a Canon S5 [Ron and I both notate the GigaPan dimensions in the tag line]. And here is one taken by Randy Sargent that is extraordinary in detail for such a small camera as what he used: gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=3303 , or one taken by Apapane, which is very, very popular [http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan .php?id=5322] in which he used an S5 with a tele-extender. There are many, many more equally impressive examples on www.gigapan.org. 4) In the future, I will continue to use all three of my cameras to take GigaPans. So the only suggestion I have is to consider buying another camera that provide greater zoom for what you want to accomplish in this particular panorama. 5) Note: the current street value of a SX110 is a little over $200. There are a number of people that are using Canon SD880 for their GigaPans and it is about the same price as the SX110. Your D-Lux 4 has limited use because of it low focal length. 6) Access the Forum and ask questions there and look around as to what has been said about the G9. At one time, I was very close to buying a G9, but bought the SX110 instead. You have a wonder ful camera.