View Walcott's Panoramas Using the Interactive Map

Panorama #1216 available - Click to view Panorama #1256 - Click to view Panorama #1175 - Click to see Panorama #1377 - Click to see image Panorama #1213 - Click to view Panoramas #1195 and #1211 - Click to view Panorama #1421 - Click to view Panorama #1333 - Click to view image Panorama #1338 - Click to view image Panorama #1372 - Click to see larger image Panorama #1257A - Click to see larger view

Placing the Panoramas in Context
On a detailed map of the region in which Charles Walcott discovered the Burgess Shale, we have identified the points from which selected panoramas were taken. We have also identified the position of the camera used by Walcott to take these unique photographs.

In the example to the right, the position where Walcott was standing is indicated by the 'x', with the direction of the camera pointing towards the narrow end. Therefore, Walcott took this panorama of the eastern face of the Bow Range facing just to the south of Vermillion Pass.

View the Full Panoramas
Using the map to the left, click on a number/camera pairing to view an image of the panorama that was taken in that location. To view a full size image, click on the intermediate panorama image. (Please note that the full size image may take some time to download to viewers on dial-up Internet connections.)

View the Full Size Map
Click here to view a full size version of this map (195K). You may navigate to the individual panoramas from the full version as well. Just follow the instructions outlined above.

About the Images
The images used in the map were digitally captured from full-size direct copy negatives of the nitrate originals. Not all the prints in the exhibition have matching negatives. The images are unretouched and show defects that exist in the original nitrate negatives, which are in cold storage. Because the negatives are so physically large (up to 107 inches long) each was shot several times across its length and the digital images were then stitched together. The images were created by Smithsonian Photographic Services, shot at 300 ppi resolution and saved as unmodified 16-bit greyscale TIFFs. Image processing by SIA included inversion from negative to positive, cropping and rotation, digital stitching, and derivitization for use on the website.

View a Topographic Image of the Area
GIS technology enables you to see a topographical map of the area where Charles D. Walcott discovered the Burgess Shale and collected Cambrian fossils. Click to here to view the GIS map.