OBAMA’s Sworn in Photo

Posted In Events, Politics, World - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Friday, February 6th, 2009 With 0 Comments

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I haven’t seen a better work than the below by David Bergman, a US photographer or more than this.

He prepared a Barack Obama’s inaugural address photograph using a panorama image capturing device called Gigapan created by the Carnegie Mellon university and a canon g10 camera.

This is what he has to say about it:


I covered my first inauguration and what an inauguration it was.

Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States in a ceremony on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

Before Tuesday, I had photographed five presidents and covered big events including the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and concerts like Live 8 and Live Earth.

But this one was the biggest.

It deserved a big photo.

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.

Use the controls to zoom and pan around the photo. You can also double click to zoom in and double click again to get even closer.

You too can have a look.

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