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Keck Hall: Winter Light by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
3.84 Gigapixels
Date added
Feb 09, 2010
Date taken
Jan 10, 2010

All of Wendy's GigaPans can be seen via this link: tinyurl.com/rice-wendy Will open in a new tab or window
This GigaPan was taken of Keck Hall in mid-January when the students returned from Christmas break. To my eye, it is the best that I have taken and I am very pleased with it. As one can readily see, it was taken late in the afternoon and it was a blue-sky day.

Other recent panoramas of Keck Hall can be seen here: www.gigapan.org/searchGigapansList.php?ids=42391,42388,42395
This GigaPan is comprised of 924 photos and was extracted from a much larger version, which can be seen here: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/cdf070680010e7a6115e513324d33e3a/
It is a 33 column by 28 row GigaPan taken with a Canon SX110 camera and stitched with the GigaPan Stitcher. Additional details can be found in Stitcher Notes with information concerning the GigaPan Stitcher run.

Note: This absolutely glorious panorama can be seen in Google Earth as a curved panorama on a curved surface by clicking the link, View in Google Earth (assuming that you have Google Earth installed on your computer).

Gigapan Comments (15)

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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (April 06, 2010, 03:40AM )

    Based on the information found here: www.answers.com/topic/w-m-keck-fou ndation Will open in a new tab or window , we now know that Howard was the son of William and that based on the above information provided by santabarbara.gov, Alice [Keck Park] was the sister of Howard, so there is your connection :)

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (April 05, 2010, 10:44PM )

    Well done for finding that out but my question was if there was any relation between Alice Keck Park and the Keck after whom the Rice building is named. Now that you have discovered that AKP's father founded Standard Oil and even with my limited knowlegde of the US I know that Houston is big on oil, can we establish a connection between the tow families?

  3. David Engle

    David Engle (April 05, 2010, 03:38PM )

    Kilgore, the following should now answer your question (the info came from santabarbara.gov): Alice Keck Park was one of six children of William Myron Keck and Alice Bertha Keck. her father founded Superior Oil and the family lived in Pasadena. At age 35, she married David Edgar Park.

  4. David Engle

    David Engle (March 28, 2010, 05:56AM )

    She is rather a mysterious person since there is no info that I could find either, but have sent an email requesting information form the Government of Santa Barbara, California. I hope that they respond. An update: Using Google, I found this: www.wmkeck.org/about/AR_03.pdf&nbs p;Will
open in a new tab or window and it seems that Howrad Keck's wife's name was Alice.

  5. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (March 28, 2010, 05:32AM )

    No mention of an Alice Keck though as far as I could see. I did google a reference to the lady - she bought the park from a museum apparently. I've sent an email to the person that seemed to know to see if he has any more info.

  6. David Engle

    David Engle (March 27, 2010, 04:55PM )

    Interesting question... to answer it, I extracted the following information from this website, natsci.rice.edu/UserEditableConten t.aspx?id=548 Will open in
a new tab or window : A newly renovated three-story, 54,000-square-foot Howard Keck Hall in honor of former chairman and president of the W. M. Keck Foundation is unveiled and dedicated. The building had been known as the Old Chemistry Building and later as Dell Butcher Hall. The grant to remodel the building totaled $14 million and came in the form of a matching grant as part of Rice’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Rice: The Next Century.” Information concerning the keck foundation can be seen here: www.wmkeck.org Will open in
a new tab or window/ which to my eye is one fine foundation supporting education and research.

  7. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (March 27, 2010, 01:24PM )

    "Keck" seems an unusual name to me and I recently came across this www.gigapan.org/gigapans/11247/ image of Alice Keck Park Park. Any relation?

  8. David Engle

    David Engle (February 18, 2010, 12:35PM )

    An interesting story about the brick that was used for the Chemistry Building, renamed Dell Butcher Hall and now, since 2000, named Howard Keck Hall. It was finished in 1925 and the William Ward Watkin was the lead architect working with a Boston architectural firm, Cram and Ferguson. Anyway, to continue the story: The original brick called 'Brady Pink' brick was no longer available because of the early passing (a race car accident) of Sherman Brady and his company had gone defunct., but as the story goes, a foreman of the brickyard was located, and members of Brady's family heled in the effort to bring the brick back into production and after just a few months construction delay, the brick was delivered. It came from Brady Island, an area near the Houston Ship Channel. Although it was originally pink; to my eye, the colored has weathered to more like a light orange, but this is all dependant upon the intensity of sunlight. Note: for those who are interested in the many stories concerning the early history of Rice Institute and later Rice University, I suggest reading two books:Rice University, the Campus Guide by Fox, and the other, William Ward Watkin and the Rice Institute by Nicholson where this story was extracted from. Another source of information concerning Howard Keck Hall can be found here: tinyurl.com/ybkvnc3 Will open in
a new tab or window and especially this excellent resource: tinyurl.com/KeckHall Will open in
a new tab or window

  9. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (February 17, 2010, 11:45AM )

    Bath was built using Bath stone (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_Stone&n bsp;Will open in a new tab or window); since all the Rice academic buildings we have seen in your GigaPans are the same color, is there a Rice brick?

  10. David Engle

    David Engle (February 14, 2010, 11:13AM )

    Payam, thanks for your nice comment. Really, It is good to hear that you are alive and well and all of us are looking forward to your next U/L of GigaPans.

  11. Payam Rahmani

    Payam Rahmani (February 14, 2010, 10:27AM )

    Well done, David :)

  12. David Engle

    David Engle (February 12, 2010, 03:44AM )

    Thanks Tom :) This panorama almost could have been a disaster because when I attempted a robot GigaPan from the Chase Tower (www.gigapan.org/gigapans/34909/ ), there was so much electronic noise, or whatever, that it knocked out the robot and the SX110 camera. The robot recovered, but the camera did not come back 100 percent, and I find it very difficult to establish a locked focus, which was the case as I started taking this GigaPan, but since it was so cold and that Wendy wanted to continue with it, I fiddled with the focus and crossed my fingers hoping that all would go okay. Needless to say, when I first stitched it (www.gigapan.org/gigapans/cdf0706800 10e7a6115e513324d33e3a/), I was most pleased upon seeing the results.

  13. Tom Nelson

    Tom Nelson (February 12, 2010, 02:49AM )

    Great work, David! Lots of detail to explore here. Tom

  14. David Engle

    David Engle (February 09, 2010, 08:03AM )

    Thanks Kilgore, As I mave mentioned before .... But as always, you have to be at the right place at the right time and have the right equipment and know how to accomplish the task at hand (forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.as p?forum=1010&message=34485729 Will open in
a new tab or window). I forgot to write one other very important item ... Luck.

  15. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (February 09, 2010, 07:04AM )

    You've caught the light superbly - well done!

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 1.0.0726 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 3835 megapixels (80652 x 47552 pixels)
Input images: 924 (33 columns by 28 rows)
Field of view: 151.0 degrees wide by 89.1 degrees high (top=66.2, bottom=-22.9)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-01-10 15:22:27 - 2010-01-10 16:34:33
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.00625
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 357.6 mm
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 33.0 to 71.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 28.3 to 39.0 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 4:07:30 (16 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 2:47:50, Projection: 8:59, Blending: 1:10:41
(Preview finished in 3:12:12)

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