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Leo Laporte's View of the TWiT Cottage by Ron Schott

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Taken by
Ron Schott Ron Schott
Explore score
0.74 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 09, 2009
Date taken
Aug 09, 2009

What does the man on the blue exercise ball see when he looks around the recording studio of the TWiT Cottage? See for yourself!

If you log in on GigaPan.org you can take a "snapshot" and comment on items of interest around the studio. It might be interesting to see how many of these can be linked to references in specific netcasts...

This nearly complete spherical perspective is best appreciated when viewed in Google Earth.

This GigaPan was shot with a Canon SX10 IS camera on the Epic100 robot from GigaPan Systems (www.gigapansystems.com Will open in a new tab or window/). The GigaPan was stitched from 160 original 10 megapixel images shot as a 20 column by 8 row grid, over a span of about 10 minutes. The resolution of this GigaPan is far less than this camera is capable of (I didn't use full zoom), simply because I didn't want to take more of Leo's time after the show than necessary.

There are a number of stitching errors in this GigaPan that are not strictly the fault of the GigaPan Stitcher software. For example, the Stitcher software successfully stitched the chatroom text, but consequently misaligned the edges of the monitor. This reflects the time that passed between images and the fact that the scrolling text has more unique control points for stitching than the monitor edges. Other stitching misalignments may be due to the fact that I didn't actually have the camera's nodal point precisely centered (since this is not generally necessary for the majority of distant landscape shots I've been taking most of my current trip - e.g.: ron.outcrop.org/blog/?p=384 Will open in a new tab or window).

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  1. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (August 16, 2009, 09:11PM )

    Thanks to everyone in the TWiT Army who has taken a few minutes (hours?) to explore this GigaPan and take snapshots or leave comments. It's already the most popular of my nearly 400 GigaPans on the site. Keep searching the Cottage and taking snapshots of the interesting things you find. With your help I think we've got a real shot at making this one of the top ten most explored GigaPans of all time!

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4090 (Windows)
Panorama size: 743 megapixels (47534 x 15635 pixels)
Input images: 160 (20 columns by 8 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 118.4 degrees high (top=53.6, bottom=-64.8)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-08-09 20:43:24 - 2009-08-09 20:54:43
Aperture: f/5
Exposure time: 0.25
ISO: 400
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 73.4 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 31.4 to 61.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 24.8 to 42.0 percent
Computer stats: 3069.98 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 2:49:47 (1:03 per picture)
Alignment: 8:02, Projection: 9:50, Blending: 2:31:54

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