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Top of Texas: A Visual Adventure From the Roof of JPMorgan Chase Tower (50mm f/1.8 lens) by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.09 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 17, 2009
Date taken
Oct 16, 2009

Nikon D7100


This is the pinnacle of my 2009 GigaPan effort :) 1000 feet up looking out on all of Houston ... what an experience, and I may be going back again.

From Wikipedia: The 75-story, 1,002-foot (305.4 m) tall JPMorgan Chase Tower of Houston, Texas, formerly the Texas Commerce Tower, is the tallest building in Texas, the tallest five-sided building in the world, and is the 45th tallest in the world. tinyurl.com/5qkn68 Will open in a new tab or window
This hand-held panorama has been stitched using the GigaPan Stitcher software and the 26 photos comprising the panorama were taken with a Nikon D70 using a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens and a Heliopan UV filter. Additional details can be found under Stitcher Notes.

Gigapan Comments (5)

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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (August 15, 2013, 11:39PM )

    An update four years after I took this panorama: www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/h ouston/article/Some-of-Houston-s-best-views-are-go ing-private-4735971.php Will open in
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  2. David Engle

    David Engle (October 20, 2009, 09:11AM )

    Just imagine if oil or another extremely valuable commodity was discovered in the immediate vicinity of Bath, Bath would then look similar to the city center of Houston. To my eye, there is great interest to see old-time photographs of Houston, especially the city center and of Rice Institute, but there are not that many that are public, and if a local museum has any, well it appears that these photographs may not be as popular as some other form of art, so they are not displayed. Too bad that photography was not around during the time of William Shakespeare ... ooops, I mean Edward de Vere .... can you just imagine what history and the study thereof would be like? So your GigaPans and mine as well as all the others on gigapandotorg will be looked upon with great interest by future generations.

  3. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (October 20, 2009, 08:13AM )

    "Almost" untouched by modern buildings is about right, but Bath is not without its dreadful architecture. Mostly they are buildings from the 70s (I think) before Bath got its Word Heritage Site status. I am thinking of the Hilton Hotel in particular. I am sure you will be interested to know that the replacement for the ghastly old Southgate Centre (where the bus station was) is nearly complete. Of course I will be gigapanning there as soon as it stops looking like a building site. I think they have done quite a good job of creating a "Georgian Style" modern shopping centre. It could have been a lot worse - and indeed it was! What would have been even better is if they had simply made a park there. When the old buildings were demolished you could see right across the site and it made for a very attractive open space, I thought.

  4. David Engle

    David Engle (October 17, 2009, 11:15AM )

    You raise a number of interesting points in this comment of yours: Just think what the skyline of London looked liked at the end of Christopher Wren's lifetime and how extraordinary that would have been to see it as compared to the skyline view of London now. Then, the skyline was dominated by Wren's church steeples, but now unless you are almost standing next to one of his churches, you can't see it. What I am trying to say, is that I am more envious of you living in Bath, a city almost untouched by modern buildings, having the skyline you see everyday versus the skyline I see of modern skyscrapers, which don't have the incredible beauty that Bath has nor of that of London *many* years ago. Okay, I have added snapshots containing crosslinks of panoramas taken from Rice Stadium, Hilton Hotel and the parking garage from where Job Seeker's panorama were taken. The one panorama from the 12-story parking garage, the one that scared me so much (www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 27043) can readily be seen from the Top of Texas, but the only way that I could have added it to this panorama is if I were leaning out over the edge with someone holding on to my belt-strap as I took the photos. I guess you will have to wait awhile for that one.

  5. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (October 17, 2009, 09:20AM )

    Man, I am deeply envious of your location. How I wish there was a comparable structure near me (and I had the kudos/connections to be allowed to go on the roof). Great shot. More like this (and bigger please :-) Can you add cross-links to your Houston skyline panos? I think that would be neat.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4329 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 92 megapixels (18379 x 5024 pixels)
Input images: 26 (13 columns by 2 rows)
Field of view: 155.5 degrees wide by 42.5 degrees high (top=9.7, bottom=-32.8)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: NIKON D70
Image size: 2000x3008 (6.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-10-16 10:08:00 - 2009-10-16 10:09:13
Aperture: f/20
Exposure time: 0.0125
ISO: unknown
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 23.4 to 58.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 30.1 to 45.0 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 11:28 (0:26 per picture)
Alignment: 2:30, Projection: 1:25, Blending: 7:32

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