Monday, January 26, 2009

Obama in 1,474 megapixels!

Inauguration Photo © 2009 David Bergman

This has been written about elsewhere on the web, but for anyone who missed it, David Bergman has posted a 1,474 megapixel image of the Presidential Inauguration.  Click here for a full screen version, which I highly recommend.

As David explains on his web site, it's actually 220 images stitched together, for a total of 59,783 x 24,658 pixels!  Zoom in and you can see some interesting details.  For example, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas appears to be taking a nap, and George Bush can be seen sitting behind the President with a scowl on his face.  In the distance, men are visible atop one of the buildings.  Snipers, perhaps?

The photos were taken with a GigaPan Imager.  The Gigipan is a robotic device that you attach your camera to, allowing you to create insanely large and detailed stitched images.  The Inauguration photo was taken with a Canon G10.  Gigipan doesn't have a model that supports DSLRs yet, which is a shame.  As cool as this photo is, the small sized sensor in the Canon can only capture so much resolution. 

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