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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Oak Bay Panorama

Last week after enjoying the Oak Bay Tea Party parade I rode along the beach front past the Oak Bay Marina and I had to stop when I looked out over the water and saw this panorama. I realized that it was the perfect time to try out the panorama feature of my new camera. This is the result. If you click the photo above you will be taken to the half size original which, 6400 pixels wide, is still pretty big. You may have to click it again to see it full size since it may be larger than your screen. I'm pretty pleased with this feature. It's easy to use (just pan the camera with the shutter release held down) and the stitching between frames is invisible. That perfect snowy peak in the distance is Mount Baker, an extinct volcano about 80 km east in the USA.


As visitor Paul in Powell River points out, Mount Baker is NOT an extinct volcano but is in fact the second most active volcano in this area, the most active being Mount Saint Helens. My thanks to Paul for this correction. See this entry in Wikipedia for more information about Mount Baker. If you want to see some beautiful photos of the Sunshine Coast, take a look at Paul's photoblog, A Powell River Photo Blog. I am particularly fond of his header photo of some Harlequin Ducks in flight.

7 comments:

Paul in Powell River said...

Very nice pano! But as Mount Baker is the second-most active volcano in the area - after St Helens - I'll take exception with the "extinct volcano" description. :D

JoJo said...

Beautiful panorama, but as Paul said, Baker is very much alive. It vents steam all the time.

Mike Laplante said...

Awesome photo!

JoJo, I knew it was active, but didn't know that it vented steam. I recently returned from Costa Rica where they have four active volcanoes in a country about 3x size of Vancouver Island. They use them to generate geothermal power. Wonder if the same could be done for Baker?

Dean Lewis said...

Very cool feature with your new camera. Sounds like making these panorama shots just got a lot easier. Hope we see many more. An inner harbour shot from near the Tourist Info Centre would be terrific, capturing all of the Empress Hotel, the Legislature and the harbour itself. Might want to wait until the hoarding is off the CP building under renovation though.

Benjamin Madison said...

Thanks JoJo for the additional Mt. Baker info. And thanks also Dean for the good idea. It's about time for another Inner Harbour panorama.

Paul said...

As Paul said this is a nice Pano, so much beautiful scenery, looks a great place to be on a sailboat.

Paul in Powell River said...

Thanks much for the link!!