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Temple Ruins at Beng Mealea, Cambodia by Glen David Short

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Glen David Short Glen David Short
Explore score
0.05 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 14, 2011
Date taken
Jun 13, 2011

Beng Mealea ruins, Cambodia, photographed 13th June 2011. Interesting history of these ruins: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beng_Mealea Will open in a new tab or window
This was a bit of an experiment, because I used my Canon HV20 video camera to take this panorama. It only takes 3meg stills, but it has instant autofocus and a 10x optical zoom (which has more reach than a 500mm mirror lens). The big drawback, apart from its low res, is the HV20 doesn't fit on the Gigapan Epic 100 without modification to the activation lever, and while it has exposure bracketing and a manual exposure setting, it has no manual lock, and must be tediously reset after each exposure. So... this panorama was shot by hand on a tripod, some parallax error evident at the bottom. Its not nearly as detailed as the one taken with my DSLR and 300mm zoom of course: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/79662/
But, still, a lot of fun, and the HV20 saved the day as my DSLR and P&S memory cards filled up. And, the lower pixel count might actually be an advantage when you consider the computing power needed to stitch together large numbers of 12meg or 14meg images.

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