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Horseshoe Bend (Page, AZ) by Jen Piatek

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Taken by
Jen Piatek Jen Piatek
Explore score
0.61 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 19, 2009
Date taken
Jul 28, 2009

GigaPan w/Canon SD850


One of two pans of Horseshoe Bend, a lovely incised meander near Page, Arizona (just southeast of Glen Canyon Dam).

Erosion by the Colorado River cut down through the layers of sedimentary rock and created the deep gorge (approx. 1000 feet deep here). The river meander, though, formed by the same processes that formed the loop of the Snake River visible at Oxbow Bend (www.gigapan.org/gigapans/31360/).
Similar downcutting erosion has formed incised river meanders in other locations, such as the loops and cliffs of Bighorn Canyon (www.gigapan.org/gigapans/31393/).
We also took another pan from the same point (gigapan.org/gigapans/33155/) with a different camera. -- The two camera shots were at different enough angles that we were able to create an anaglyph pan of the scene (if you thought the gorge looked deep here....): www.gigapan.org/gigapans/49947/

Gigapan Comments (2)

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  1. Pablo Y-M

    Pablo Y-M (November 30, 2012, 12:40PM )

    Gorgeous Panoramic! Maybe just a touch too "HDR-ish" but it really shows off the geology wonderfully. Would lobe to get out there someday!

  2. Julian Wixson

    Julian Wixson (September 20, 2009, 07:47AM )

    This is a really lovely panorama. Great job with the exposure - the colors are gorgeous and very natural - and your choice of subject matter! The depth to this scene makes it fun to explore.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 608 megapixels (42630 x 14279 pixels)
Input images: 230 (23 columns by 10 rows)
Field of view: 184.3 degrees wide by 61.7 degrees high (top=9.7, bottom=-52.0)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-07-28 15:05:47 - 2009-07-28 15:24:17
Aperture: f/5.5
Exposure time: 0.0008 - 0.0166667
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 140.4 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 42.6 to 64.2 percent
Vertical overlap: 43.8 to 47.9 percent
Computer stats: 2038.07 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 17:35:12 (4:35 per picture)
Alignment: 43:01, Projection: 44:18, Blending: 16:07:52

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