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Fairy Place by Katie Remele

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Katie Remele Katie Remele
Explore score
1.39 Gigapixels
Date added
Feb 23, 2010
Date taken
Jun 12, 2008

I am taking a class at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa on the gigapan and one of our categories is Collections. I decided to use my step-grandmothers fairy collection because it is really interesting and beautiful. I also have a gigapan of my grandfathers boats which is pretty cool as well.
My Step-Grandmother, Renee, passed away on August 31st, 2009. She was a huge believer in the Jewish faith and Grandmother of eleven grandchildren. She had a love in collecting fairies and had a huge collection of about 300-400 fairies. Some of these fairies are worth a lot of money, but even the inexpensive ones are really beautiful to look at and it can sometimes be hard to tell them apart from the expensive ones. Renee even has a small collection of “reject fairies,” as some of the family calls them, which are hidden in a backroom. She didn’t want to get rid of them but at the same time they just don’t fit in with the other fairies. Since she is not with us anymore I could not get any specifications on the fairies or their exact worth. I do now the ones in the case by the stairs are the most expensive fairies she has. She also has a cabinet in the next room full of more fairies and also has a small fairy fountain. She collected many things but the fairies are by far her biggest and best collection. If you take a good look at this picture you’ll find things on the shelves that are not fairies, like Jewish symbols and some other decorations. One Jewish symbol I have tagged is the Hamsa (Hamesh) Hand- A symbol from the Middle East symbolizing the Hand Of God. In Judaism it is the protector from the Evil Eye, giving the owner happiness, luck, good health, and good fortune. There is also a plate with the word Shalom on it meaning peace, completeness, and welfare. She has a Menorah hidden behind some fairies on the very top shelf.
My Grandparents love to travel and have been all over the United States to several cities including Las Vegas, New York, Niagara Falls, Seattle, Illinois, Cape Cod, Boston, Etc. My Grandmother also collects magnets from all the places my Grandparents visit in their travels. She has three refrigerators full of magnets (too many to count). My Grandparents are also big fans of the discount stores. They have found so many really cool items including the clock that is tagged in this photo. After doing some research, Howard Miller clocks run new and used between $20 and $1000 dollars. I could not find this exact clock. Thinking there was a story to this clock I asked my Grandfather about it, he said he got it for just $5 at the Goodwill store in great condition. It is pretty amazing all the things my Grandparents find a discount stores.
One of my Favorite non-fairy items is the train ornament they got on one of their travels. It has a tag on it with the date 1982. This little ornament is older then me, and they still have it and display it on the television, it's pretty cool- It shows how my Grandparents do not throw anything away, everything has a meaning. There are many other things in the picture that are displayed on the shelves for the same purpose.
My favorite fairy in this picture would be the blue seasonal fairy on the top shelf. There are four fairies in this picture for the four seasons. I love their colors and the way their wings look like butterfly wings and match their season.

Gigapan Comments (2)

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    Katie Remele (September 01, 2010, 05:34AM )

    Recently my grandfather has repainted and got new flooring and carpets. He is planning on eventually selling the home.

  2. Katie Remele

    Katie Remele (September 01, 2010, 05:32AM )

    Recently my Grandfather has repainted and got new flooring and carpets to help make the house a little more masculine. He is planning on eventually selling the house but he is not sure yet where he would like to live.

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GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 1393 megapixels (58093 x 23981 pixels)
Input images: 448 (28 columns by 16 rows)
Field of view: 101.6 degrees wide by 41.9 degrees high (top=21.6, bottom=-20.4)
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Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-06-13 00:34:44 - 2008-06-13 01:43:16
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 1
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 357.6 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 38.5 to 53.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 38.1 to 55.5 percent
Computer stats: 8192 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 3:56:27 (0:31 per picture)
Alignment: 59:25, Projection: 20:41, Blending: 2:36:19

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