The event was momentous – the swearing in of the 44th U.S. President – and David Bergman ensured that nothing but the grandest of technologies would capture the spectacle.
He has uploaded the entire picture with some nifty pan and zoom features. In his own word –
I made a panoramic image showing the nearly two million people who watched President Obama’s inaugural address. To do so, I clamped a Gigapan Imager to the railing on the north media platform about six feet from my photo position. The Gigapan is a robotic camera mount that allows me to take multiple images and stitch them together, creating a massive image file.
My final photo is made up of 220 Canon G10 images and the file is 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels. It took more than six and a half hours for the Gigapan software to put together all of the images on my Macbook Pro and the completed TIF file is almost 2 gigabytes.
Click here for the amazing picture. I’m sure you’re going to lose plenty of hours just zooming in and looking at people’s faces.