Monday, January 26, 2009
Obama in 1,474 megapixels!
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.