Posts Tagged ‘teachers’

Opening Day- Trout

April 12, 2008




Hi from the other Sara!

April 12, 2008

Hope you are enjoying the Gigapanorama class!

Please make a Challenge for the students who aren’t in your class hour! Creating a challenge is open to students and teachers. This is a sketch of how to do this — but you may change it, creatively, and then I will fill in the gaps and assemble them all into one web page. 


Create a Gigapan Challenge

by Sara Masters ( 

Each class will be a team competing against the other two classes of teachers and students. I will assemble all of the challenges into one game.  The team with the highest score wins! 

All the students and teachers should begin their challenge for other Gigapan classes:

1. Mark a start location. (address, words, mark on Google Earth), The most fun might be to pick an existing Gigapan that already shows up on Google Earth.  I can add them to Google Earth if someone gives me their location in words/address.

2. Produce an image or snapshot that is found at the new location. This won’t be given through Gigapan, or else they’ll know the answer right away. If they all email it to me or something, I can assemble this opening page. Origin of picture – a snapshot or screen capture taken when in Gigapan.

BEST: use the student’s own Gigapan but the goal can be any Gigapan taken by r250 and/or CW participants (marked with these tags) or any in Pittsburgh.

3. Create a pathway to go between these landmarks, using the following:

   a. draw a pathway with straight lines and turns on a map.

   b. use street directions

4. Add any creative touches — such as hints.



Sara Masters

Endless Possibilities!

April 5, 2008

At first glance, the unassuming look of the Gigapan robotic camera controller does not produce excitement in the observer.  However, once you have gone through the process of creating a Gigapan, from camera setup through the photo shoot and “stitching” together of the indivdual zoomed in pictures, and ending with viewing the dramatic result, the proverbial “light bulb” will light in your brain, and you will smile!  The concept is really quite simple – snap a few dozen closeup pictures of a large scene and feed them to a computer program with the smarts to match them up and assemble them into one large composite view.  The power of the result, however, is far beyond simple in its ability to impress the senses.  I think the aspect of Gigapans that generates the excitement and gets your “Idea Mill” into gear, is the fact that the ability to zoom in on any segment of the full panarama would otherwise only be possible if the viewer were wielding a telescope!

My first experience with a computer was in the Navy in 1959, where the computer filled a room the size of a typical classrom.  As a programmer, I’ve watched the technology grow in power and storage capability over the years.  Perhaps this is why watching a small desktop computer “stitching” billions of pieces of a puzzle together in a reasonable period of time, makes ME smile!

–Jim Fox


Gigapan Mania

March 23, 2008

If you’ve ever heard about the Gigapan, then you know that in its simplistic design that there is something more about it then what is already said. Many people have talked about making something like this, but only a year ago did someone take our words and make something out of it. So? you wonder, what is the point of the mania? Well there is a reason to this kind of chaos. If we were to think that something like this could be used as an outside attachment, then why can’t we go a little further and make a tripod that can integrate the Gigapan structure. If this is not enough..just think what people can make with a little bit of technology and a whole lot of imagination. If there is a crude piece to the Gigapan..its that we have not come up with this idea sooner. I hope that we do less talking about an idea and get started sooner on the idea to make it a real life experence.

Good day and Ciao, and hope to see you later,

Samuel Barkowitz

P.S. Gigapan is wonderful!

A new twist to “I Spy With My Little Eye”

March 22, 2008

Wanda of Computing Workshop notes:

     Gigapan panoramas are so very useful for esoteric, educational, and instructional purposes.  But, I feel that one of the most fun aspects of it is the ability to play that age-old childhood game of “I Spy”!  It’s a treasure and scavenger hunt, all rolled into one. 

     As an artist, I am always interested in the little details and the patterns I see.  When I first looked online at the wonderful images possible with Gigapan robotic technology and software, I immediately focused in on things like brick patterns on buildings, stone strata in landscapes, color and pattern in street scenes, and the geometry of manmade and natural scenes.  Then it became a game to look at the tinier, more notable anomalies.  For example, it was fun to find a child with a toy, to find a book title on a shelf, to find a reddish stone amid all the grey ones, and to spot the frowning person amid happier people. 

     In our Computing Workshop, we enjoyed looking together at a Gigapan image and isolating some items that we put on the comments category.  In our comment, we used the “I Spy” technique.  It would be fun to create our I Spy list in rhyme, similar to the way the published “I Spy” books are presented, and perhaps to make a sequence of stitched panoramas on a particular theme.  The possibilities are truly endless, and I’m excited to be involved with this program and with these students.

Sarah with an “h”

March 22, 2008

Hello Everyone,

I am Sarah.  The Sarah with an “h” at the end.   I volunteer on Saturday morning at 10:30am.   Students please come to class if you have signed up.  It can be a little discouraging for teachers to volunteer their time, then the students don’t show.  

 Working with the gigapan is most interesting.  I loved looking at the water droplets on the pine trees several feet from the photo site.  That gigapan is posted.  Love to zoom in and zoom out.

I will enjoy it when I can stitch and download pictures from North Park Lake.   I have been having some quarky issues with the download to the stitcher.  

This is the second week at LaRoche, holiday weekend.  Many first session students didn’t come.   Maybe it was the weather forcast, maybe it was the holiday weekend.

 These sessions are kind of an experiment to see how things flow together, how the gigapan works, problems with the gigapan.  Computer requirements for large gigapans are quite intense.   None of my computers at home can handle them.  Our Computing Workshop Gigapan Computers  are a bit better but there still have been some quarks.

I wonder if there are any archival beta software programs  that can handle lower capacity computers or macs that are not intel as I am not in the position to buy a new computer.  (Just  recently bought 2 digital cameras , one for me and one for my son.)

Talk to you soon


March 22, 2008

Hi, I am Jack. A regular novice of photography. I hope to get a lot better during this course.

I love working wih photos, either mine or others. I am still amazed at the changes that alterations to a picture can enhance its value of artistry. GigaPan is going a step further in enhancing a photo, allowing you to expand what is seen and to close in on certain aspects of the picture.