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Monthly Image: Google Pixel XL HDR at Wappingers Falls Bridge

We walked over the bridge in Wappingers Falls on our way to a play:

Wappingers Falls Bridge - Google 3D Overhead - 2017-09-22

Wappingers Falls Bridge – Google 3D Overhead – 2017-09-22

As always, we paused near the center to admire the view (clicky for more dots):

Wappingers Falls Bridge - Pixel XL HDR - 2017-09-22

Wappingers Falls Bridge – Pixel XL HDR – 2017-09-22

That’s from the PixelXL, braced on the bridge wall, facing downstream toward the Hudson River.

A dot-for-dot crop of the penstock, showing off the RGB LED garland:

Wappingers Falls Bridge - Pixel XL HDR - Penstock crop - 2017-09-22

Wappingers Falls Bridge – Pixel XL HDR – Penstock crop – 2017-09-22

Contrary to what you might think, the gorge underfoot appeared almost black to the eye, particularly against the glare from the floodlights, so the HDR works very well:

Wappingers Falls Bridge - Pixel XL HDR - Gorge crop - 2017-09-22

Wappingers Falls Bridge – Pixel XL HDR – Gorge crop – 2017-09-22

The JPG compression on those images doesn’t materially affect the results; the original image has most of the artifacts.

The EXIF information:

Wappingers Falls Bridge - Pixel XL HDR - Photograph EXIF - 2017-09-22

Wappingers Falls Bridge – Pixel XL HDR – Photograph EXIF – 2017-09-22

The “1/10 s shutter speed” probably has very little to do with any physical event. AFAICT, the Pixel camera records 30 images/s for the on-screen preview, then uses various images before-and-after the shutter click for motion compensation and HDR processing. If so, “1/10 s” corresponds to three images.

I had the Pixel location tracking in “battery saving” mode with the GPS turned off:

Wappingers Falls Bridge - Pixel XL HDR - GPS EXIF - 2017-09-22

Wappingers Falls Bridge – Pixel XL HDR – GPS EXIF – 2017-09-22

In reality, the bridge is about 90 feet above sea level. The “GPS Time Stamp” and, presumably, the date, use UTC. We’re in UTC-4, with Daylight Saving Time in full effect, so we were comfortably early for the 8 PM show.

The camera doesn’t produce DSLR-with-big-glass quality images, but it fits in my pocket and it’s better than my old Canon SX-230HS for most purposes.

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  1. #1 by Ken Davidson on 2017-10-15 - 08:55

    Actually, we’re in UTC-4 (unless the Earth has reversed the direction of its spin). :o)

    • #2 by Ed on 2017-10-15 - 09:53

      Good catch: thanks!

  2. #3 by Daniel B. Martin on 2017-10-15 - 12:29

    The WF bridge looked old the first time I saw it in 1964. Have you any idea when it was built?

    • #4 by Ed on 2017-10-15 - 14:10

      Google Streetview has enough resolution to show a granite block in mid-span with 1881 carved in old-school typography. I vaguely recall some foundation reconstruction and Rt 9D has been repaved this millennium, so it’s probably in better shape than ever.

      Since those photos in April 2012, however, two buildings collapsed and the block uphill from Reservoir Place burned out.

  3. #5 by eriklscott on 2017-10-16 - 11:37

    How is the Pixel XL for Everyday Carry? I’m really getting ready to drop the iPhone next time around.

    • #6 by Ed on 2017-10-16 - 15:27

      It’s a major step up from the Gen 1 Kindle Fire, fer shure!

      Although I wish it had a larger screen, 2560×1440 @ /540 dpi resolution is wonderful and it actually fits cargo pockets. Wrapping it in a TPU case adds enough griptivity for most purposes. I threaded a wrist lanyard through the case as backup during awkward camera handling; call me fuddy-duddy.

      The camera is as good as it gets for ordinary subjects, keeping in mind what the f/2 lens can do and not expecting too much from all-digital zoom. The camera flash LED suffices for random parts under the workbenches, so there’s no need for the Canon pocket camera or the Inova flashlight.

      Web browsing with Firefox and Firefox Focus is wonderful, with Ublock Origin and Privacy Badger squelching vast amount of clutter and derailing the trackers.

      Also, it’s the front panel for my Bose Hearphones and worth every penny just for that.

      Got it during the closeout sale, as I wasn’t ready to pay full sticker price and am perfectly willing to be a year or so behind the power curve. I wish it wouldn’t auto-pumpkinate two years from now; we’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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