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Glorious Morning in Late November 1/3 - Jamail Plaza - a 360-Degree Panorama by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.11 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 27, 2010
Date taken
Nov 27, 2010

Nikon D750


As this plaza is so beautiful, there have been a number of panoramas and GigaPans taken in this immediate area and there will be mny more to come over the years: tinyurl.com/JamailPlaza Will open in a new tab or window
After parking in the underground parking area and coming up the elevator and walking out from McNair Hall, facing Baker Institute, this is the blinding view that welcomed me ... stunning and most glorious.

This hand-held 360-degree panorama was taken with a Nikon D7000 and the 18-105mm 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor lens.

Although the panorama consists of only 11 stitched photos, seeing it as a curved panorama on a curved surface via the View in Google Earth 4.2+ link can be memorable.

The entire series of three panoramas can be viewed via this link: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/most_popular/?q=glorious+november+riceu

Gigapan Comments (4)

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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (December 03, 2010, 07:06PM )

    When I first studied B&W (black and white) photography, I knew that one set the proper exposure either by using a spot meter (I used a special one) to select what looked like 18% gray or else measured exposure using an 18% gray card (which I often did): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_card&nb sp;Will
open in a new tab or window So, in this collection of hand-held photos, I first set the shutter speed to 1/60 second, which is good since the Nikkor lens is a VR (vibration reduction) lens and pointed the camera south towards Alice Pratt Brown Hall and fiddled with the f-stop (fine tuning it to 18% gray) until I found something I was happy with and that turned out to be f/16, which gave me great depth of field. If I do this correctly, then the sun, and reflections will look to be close to natural as they are in this panorama (in other words, if done correctly, everything else falls into place). Note: in the *Keck Hall: Winter Light and Golden Brick* GigaPan (www.gigapan.org/gigapans/40583/ ), I missed the exposure a bit, and adjusted it using some Nikon software and the result is *Keck Hall: Winter Light* Gigapan (www.gigapan.org/gigapans/42462/ ), which looks good but not as dramatic as the unaltered GigaPan. Proper exposure can be very difficult to attain.

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (December 03, 2010, 03:32PM )

    What prompted my question is that according to the stitcher notes all the images were taken at the same exposure (as is normal of course) but I would have thought that if you expsoure was set so that the sky near the sun wasn't completely blown out (as it is not) then some of the foreground would be nearly black which isn't the case. So I was wondering if you had brightened the foreground, but it would seem not. Interesting.

  3. David Engle

    David Engle (December 02, 2010, 04:00AM )

    I'm pleased with this panorama and have created a on-going series of fountain panoramas taken in the Houston area: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/most_popul ar/?q=houstonfountain Regarding your question, in all my panoramas, there are only three that I have had to apply an exposure correction to, and this is not one of them ... just natural Texas light is all that I used and *no* correction. I always look for unique natural light effects as demonstrated in this GigaPan: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/42462/snap shots/120943/ Why do you ask about processing the images?

  4. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (December 01, 2010, 10:44PM )

    Nice shot! Did you have to process the original images to brighten the ground?

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 112 megapixels (24048 x 4692 pixels)
Input images: 11 (11 columns by 1 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 70.2 degrees high (top=34.8, bottom=-35.4)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: NIKON D7000
Image size: 3264x4928 (16.1 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-11-27 11:02:57 - 2010-11-27 11:03:59
Aperture: f/16
Exposure time: 0.0166667
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 20.5 to 59.3 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 2:03 (11 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 18 seconds, Projection: 6.7 seconds, Blending: 1:38
(Preview finished in 33 seconds)

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