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Best Of 2010

(January 1st - December 30th, 2010)

Paul Fretheim

A Cathedral of Giant Sequoia Trees

Francis Fougere

The Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

November 12, 2010, 16:45 EST

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This magnificent example of 19th Century public works architecture preserves two 45-foot-high 70-ton steam engines which pumped the first clean water to the city of Hamilton over 140 years ago. One engine operates as a demonstration every day!

The only surviving facility of its time in North America, the museum is a National Historic Site and a Civil and Power Engineering Landmark. These Canadian-made engines are the oldest surviving examples in the nation.

Thomas Keefer, one of Canada's most noted engineers, selected two independently-operating 70-ton Woolf Compound Rotative Beam Engines to pump Lake Ontario Water to a reservoir atop the Niagara Escarpment to be later carried though pipes to the growing city of Hamilton below. The engines were built by the Dundas Iron and Brass Foundry.

USA-Canada / Canada-Ontario

Lat: 43° 15' 23.87" N
Long: 80° 47' 19.54" W

Elevation: 74 meters

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

A Canon EOS 5D with a Canon 16-35mm L-series lens set at 16mm was used on a Manfrotto 303SPH head. The spherical panorama was stitched together with RealViz Stitcher V4. This panorama was shot with available light at 1/6 of a second @ f5.6 in RAW mode with an ISO of 800 on the Canon EOS 5D. I processed all of the images in the RAW conversion software Camera Raw 4.6 from Adobe.

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