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(June 16–21, 2005)

Thomas J Bunce

California Aqueduct

Wil Brugman

S.O.S! Navigation Fails!

Venlo, The Netherlands

14.45 PM Local time ,16 of june 2005

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Guess what this is about and where these photos were taken?
When I took these shots, there was a lot of water all around me plus an enormous cacophony of light and sound. Suddenly the time was up and I hadn't noticed what was going on during the ride. To give you an impression of all this I have slightly (ha,ha) altered the navigation of this pano. Enjoy!

More panoramas on the theme water, shot earlier this year.

  • Beach ;near the Zwin delta.
  • Maas ;European river.

Canon G5 and Nikon Fisheye converter FC-E9,
4 best shots out of 9.
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
One day I got this idea and I started to practice by taking pictures in my car. Always in the afternoon when the light was dim; what I thought might be the light conditions! I roughly assembled the pano, to get an impression of the stitching quality and the amount of noise. My canon G5 has an anormous amount of noise at ISO 100 till 400. Another point was, that I had to decide what aperture and shuttertime I should use. I knew that I had no time for light meausuring, so I made a best guess. The experiments were quite succesful (I didn't care about the noise) , and gave me the confidence that it might succeed.

Three days in a row I practised, especially which button to push on the camera when I was folded in a strange position on one of the front seats of the car, switching from one seat to the other and at the same time trying to avoid touching the gear lever because the engine was running. I tried to avoid to change the adjustments of the camera and especially being able to act fast! At the end of the third day my timer told me I could take 4 pictures in about 1.33 minutes including the switching, not bad! I smiled at my neighbour, who didn't understand what I was doing.

Finally I arrived at the car wash with all my camera stuff.
I asked the assistant if I could take some pictures, that I liked to use for this wwp. He was very helpful by giving me permission and explained that this car wash had installed equipment that would spare the environment by using less water and energy.

I remember that the first step was these rotating brushes, but then I was so busy that before I was really aware of it, I was through and I had 9 pictures!!

I examined these at home and I saw that out of these 9, I certainly could use some 4 or 5. Because of the weather (sunny day with some clouds) and because the light in the car wash changed every meter the exposures were quite different.

I like the result very much. I enjoyed the whole thing especially the result of the change of navigation of the panorama. It's amazing to see this "heavy" car spinning around in such a strange direction!

Why this view?
To encourage you to be curious!

To achieve this I turned the panorama around and changed the navigation.
Leaving the routine of a fixed origin makes this foto less dull and explains the choice of the title, that fits perfectly.

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