Giga-stan X: Giga-stan X: Extreme Gigapanning in Central Asia

Michael Frachetti, Washington University in St Louis


Abstract or Description

The mechanics of Gigapanning are tricky at first, but experience makes the process easy
for nearly everyone. Sometimes though, the conditions under which Gigapans are being
attempted demand creative work-arounds and preemptive strategies to ensure quality
images. This poster will address the technical and social issues of shooting Gigapans in
"extreme" conditions across the former Soviet republics of Central Asia (the "’stans").
This includes high altitudes of the Tian Shan and Pamir Mountains (above 3000m), high
temperature (above 45 deg C) and complicated social settings (such as in the center of a
Unesco protected monument!). Although not apparently preventative to taking gigapans,
these conditions add difficulty to effective shooting and set-up. Simple planning
considerations, technical solutions, and mishaps (of course!) will be illustrated in the