Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Well, my entry in the Aperture Awards competition earned me a silver Award!

I now have 188 images uploaded to GigaPan.org. Recent additions include panoramas of the Ice on Whyte ice carving competion. Weather was ideal for the carvers and a brief spell of above freezing temps meant some of the sculptures are starting to melt.

Next venture with the GigaPan will be to the Rockies for some winter panoramas.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall update, November 2, 2010


I recently entered one of my photos in the Aperture Awards Competition with entries from 90 countries worldwide. This is one of the richest competitions in the world...more than $80,000 in cash and merchandise...Wish me luck!

There are now more than 170 Gigapans on my site with several new ones uploading as I write

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My latest Gigapans






Osoyoos, BC from Anarchist Summit: My largest Gigapan so far,
2.05 gigapixels. Composed of 405 separate shots (45 columns by 9 rows)


Custom prints of these and other of my files are currently available in very large size, up to 20 - 40 feet wide images with archival inks. Prices are based on a per square foot of the image output.


Write me for ordering: darbkin@earthlink.net.
Other images can be ordered from my site on RedBubble


Gigapan update:

It's been more than a year since my last posting here, but I've been very busy with my GigaPans.
I currently have 50 files uploaded to my site on Gigapan.org.
My largest file so far is the one of Osoyoos, BC. which spans a view of 170 degrees creating a file of 2.05 gigapixels. I uploaded it with my dial-up and it took 152 hours! The file in .RAW is nearly 8 gigabytes.

My subject matter: Landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, industrial.

Problems encountered:
1. Making sure your unit is properly leveled with the Field of View set correctly. Select the subject image area with the center of the image located as closely as possible to the "equator" of the panorama. This prevents the panorama from being warped upwards or downwards.

2. Set the field of view (angle of view) so the there is sufficient overlap (20-40%) between frames. For a 420mm lens at full zoom, this is approximately 3.8 degrees. For 210 mm, 7.5 degrees. More overlap is preferable. Underlap will result in gaps.

3. Set exposure manually or set automatic and then be sure to lock it, along with the focus.

4. Set white balance (daylight, cloudy, incandescent) and lock it.

5. Mechanical problems: The gears and shafts in the unit are rather too loose resulting in wobble during the movements. To correct this I applied some shrink-wrap film to the shafts giving them freedom to move but with a tighter fit.



Printing the files: On my desktop HP printer I run some proofs of the images on glossy paper with the resolution set to maximum (1200 x 1200).
I have also output some of the files at full resolution on a very large Mimaki plotter. Largest files so far are 48" high by 16 feet wide at 300 pixels per inch.
Dan at PosterTech is currently outputting some of them on canvas and plans to help me market them. His biggest printer will image in 4,6 and 8 colour process up to 8 feet high and more than 50 feet long in one piece. Proofs so far look fabulous!!!! It's like standing at the original scene.

~Dave

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My Gigapan Blog



Well folks, I've ordered my Gigapan® Robotic camera mount and expect to have it by the time I leave for my trip to Vancouver Island in two weeks. (Sept 13)

I'll be putting it through some very precise shakedown tests...exposure values, maximum sharpness and detail, depth-of-field, color quality.

The two digital camera I'll be using:

Panasonic Lumix FZ20 (5 MP) with a 12x Leica Vario Elmarit zoom lens.

Panasonic Lumix FZ50 (10MP) with a 12x Leica Vario Elmarit zoom lens.

One thing I'd like to try in the future is to couple two cameras on side-by-side mounted Gigapans and shoot my panoramas in ...TA DA...Stereo!!!!

The attached photo is the FZ50 and the attached panorama of Abraham Lake in the Canadian Rockies near Saskatchewan Crossing. The panorama was shot in 4 sections and stitched with HP software. I expect it will pale in comparison to the Gigapans I plan to produce.