Hoover Dam panorama with E-M5

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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 18,859
Hoover Dam panorama with E-M5
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We were at Hoover Dam on the Arizona/Nevada border last week. Here is a panorama I made with the E-M5:

http://www.bakubo.com/panoramas/Hoover_Dam_pano.jpg

Below is just a thumbnail, but the link above is to a larger version:

Hoover Dam

I have some more panoramas here:

http://www.bakubo.com/panoramas.html

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Bob Tullis
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That's quite fine, Henry.   I don't think I've ever seen it from that perspective, either.

Kudos.

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Jim Salvas
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We were there before the bridge was opened, so never saw it from this angle. Can you walk out onto the bridge to take photos?

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OP Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 18,859
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Bob Tullis wrote:

That's quite fine, Henry. I don't think I've ever seen it from that perspective, either.

Kudos.

Thanks, Bob.  I used the panorama stitching function in PSE 9 to stitch 4 photos.  Works well.

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OP Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 18,859
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Jim Salvas wrote:

We were there before the bridge was opened, so never saw it from this angle. Can you walk out onto the bridge to take photos?

Yes, there is a parking area on the Nevada side of the bridge and then you walk through a tunnel going through the rock and come out to a walkway on the bridge. We walked across so we could see the view and to take photos. In 2009 we drove over Hoover Dam and could see the bridge under construction.  The new bridge is the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_O%27Callaghan%E2%80%93Pat_Tillman_Memorial_Bridge

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Martin.au
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Nice.

Check out those faults.

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offtheback
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Stunning,sir!

19andrew47
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A fine result and a very nice image.

Andrew

Lawrence Keeney
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This is only a couple of miles from my home, and I have never taken a photo of it.

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Daiken Regular Member • Posts: 439
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Great shot. Would love a high resolution image to look at up close though.

OP Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 18,859
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Daiken wrote:

Great shot. Would love a high resolution image to look at up close though.

Sure.  I could sell you one.  PM me.

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offtheback wrote:

Stunning,sir!

Thank you!  I have driven over Hoover Dam several times over the last 15 years, but last year was the first time to drive over the new bridge that is above and beside it.  A few months ago we drove over, but I didn't notice that there was a place to park and that you could walk out on the bridge.  Last year was summer and no one was walking on the bridge so I didn't even realize there was a walkway.  The walkway is separated from the cars by a rather tall concrete barrier so the cars can't really see over well and if no one is walking on the other side you don't even know there is a walkway.

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daveco2
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Re: Hoover Dam panorama with E-M5

Very nice work, this and your other panoramas.

With the EM5, do you have any trouble lining up the stripes on the left and right of the screen to get the correct overlap?

Dave

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Stefan Sobol Regular Member • Posts: 274
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Henry Richardson wrote:

offtheback wrote:

Stunning,sir!

Thank you! I have driven over Hoover Dam several times over the last 15 years, but last year was the first time to drive over the new bridge that is above and beside it. A few months ago we drove over, but I didn't notice that there was a place to park and that you could walk out on the bridge. Last year was summer and no one was walking on the bridge so I didn't even realize there was a walkway. The walkway is separated from the cars by a rather tall concrete barrier so the cars can't really see over well and if no one is walking on the other side you don't even know there is a walkway.

To get to the walkway over the bridge you have to take the same exit from the highway that takes you to the HD visitor's center. After you go through the check point. The parking area for the bridge is on the right just before the road starts going sharply downhill to the dam itself.

Follow the paved walkway to the bridge. There are some plaques describing the bridge, the native people, and the people the bridge was named for. It is a bit of an uphill walk.

daddyo Forum Pro • Posts: 12,670
Nice pano Henry! What is a bit scary...

My wife and I were there a couple years ago as we were returning from a conference I shot in Las Vegas. I took quite a few shots there including several wide angle shots from the Tillman Memorial Bridge.

What is troubling is that looking at my shots and then looking at yours, I can see that Lake Mead is down a fair amount just from two years ago. It really looks like the western US is turning into the Sahara Desert.

Even here in Central Texas our lake levels are down to historic lows, and we still get a decent bout of rain every now and then.

Regardless, your pano is really well done -- good color and tonal range.

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OP Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 18,859
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Stefan Sobol wrote:

To get to the walkway over the bridge you have to take the same exit from the highway that takes you to the HD visitor's center. After you go through the check point. The parking area for the bridge is on the right just before the road starts going sharply downhill to the dam itself.

Follow the paved walkway to the bridge. There are some plaques describing the bridge, the native people, and the people the bridge was named for. It is a bit of an uphill walk.

Stefan, thanks for the more detailed info.

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19andrew47 wrote:

A fine result and a very nice image.

Thanks, Andrew.

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daveco2 wrote:

Very nice work, this and your other panoramas.

With the EM5, do you have any trouble lining up the stripes on the left and right of the screen to get the correct overlap?

Dave, when I shoot frames for a panorama I generally try to have them overlap about 40-50%.  I never use any panorama aids that a camera might have.

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Nice shot Henry! You might have been standing right beside me! I was there last week as well. Came down from Vegas so when I got to the bridge my first shot was at ISO400! I never even thought of shooting a pano but it's a great idea to put everything into perspective.

Here is my 400 shot from the bridge with the 14-45 panny.

E-M5 14-45mm

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OP Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 18,859
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Silverback46 wrote:

Nice shot Henry! You might have been standing right beside me! I was there last week as well. Came down from Vegas so when I got to the bridge my first shot was at ISO400! I never even thought of shooting a pano but it's a great idea to put everything into perspective.

I checked the EXIF of your photo and I see that you were there on 2/19 in the afternoon. I was there on 2/20 in the morning.

I usually don't think about making a pano, but occasionally it occurs to me. Shooting from the bridge you get the perspective that a few years ago people had to be in a helicopter to get. Actually, I think the helicopters stay higher up so even they don't get this particular view.

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