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Frisbee in Flight - Rice University Academic Quad - a 360-Degree Panorama (Nikon D7000) by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.26 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 15, 2010
Date taken
Oct 15, 2010

Nikon D750


This panorama shows that studies never end at Rice, even on a Friday afternoon ... three aerodynamically-inclined students study flight mechanics using a frisbee :)

The exposure is off a bit and there are some stitching errors, which I usually do not see.

The exposure problem is due to the excitement of having a new camera and not being in a dark area to check the correct exposure setting.

I suspect that the stitching problem is due to the enormous photo file, which requires an exact alignment or axis situation. When taking hand-held panoramas and having a small file size, one could get by with poor technique, but no longer will this be the case as the D7000 is not as forgiving as the D70. I will have to give up hand-helds and now use a tripod when using the D7000 when making 360-degree panoramas.

Note: This panorama can be seen in Google Earth as a beautiful curved panorama on a curved surface by clicking the link, View in Google Earth.

This hand-held panorama was taken with a Nikon D7000 using a Nikkor 18-105 f/3.3-5.6 G ED lens and was stitched using the GigaPan Stitcher software. Additional information can be seen in Stitcher Notes.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 256 megapixels (50032 x 5120 pixels)
Input images: 21 (21 columns by 1 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 36.8 degrees high (top=18.9, bottom=-18.0)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: NIKON D7000
Image size: 3264x4928 (16.1 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-10-15 14:14:19 - 2010-10-15 14:15:42
Aperture: f/18
Exposure time: 0.01
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 14.0 to 46.3 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 4:41 (13 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 38 seconds, Projection: 16 seconds, Blending: 3:46
(Preview finished in 1:16)

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