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Thangka #2 by Ken Tamminga

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Ken Tamminga Ken Tamminga
Explore score
0.29 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 07, 2009
Date taken
Nov 07, 2009

Here is an improved version, this time shot using dual tungsten reflector lights in a studio. Details are crisper and the color much improved -- no washout and very close to the original.

distance camera to subject: 178cm
distance lights to subject @ 45 deg: 200cm

This is a gigapan study of a small thangka -- a canvas scroll painting that I purchased during a 2007 visit to Kathmandu, Nepal. Thangkas are created by anonymous (in this case, Tibetan) Buddhist monk-artists as both a record of, and guide for, contemplative experience. This 40x40 cm piece is a mandala, the "floorplan of the universe." At the center is the Endless Knot, an important tantric symbol.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 289 megapixels (17825 x 16264 pixels)
Input images: 63 (7 columns by 9 rows)
Field of view: 1.0 degrees wide by 0.9 degrees high (top=0.9, bottom=-0.1)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-11-07 09:53:08 - 2009-11-07 09:57:52
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure time: 0.2
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 565.2 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 34.8 to 37.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 36.9 to 44.3 percent
Computer stats: 3840 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 29:18 (0:27 per picture)
Alignment: 2:52, Projection: 3:10, Blending: 23:15

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