Wow. I have been a big fan of QuickTime VR panoramas for years, but after viewing this image of the inauguration scene in Washington D.C. this past week by David Bergman, I’ve just become an immediate cheerleader for Gigapan.

gigapan: President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address by David Bergman

According to David’s description on the Gigapan website:

I made this Gigapan image from the north press platform during President Obama’s inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2009. It’s made up of 220 images and the final image size is 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels.

The resolution of this image is INCREDIBLE. The Gigapan website lets users create “snapshots” which are zoomed-in areas of the image that can be labeled. It’s remarkable how many details are visible.

The opening page of the Gigapan website currently features this photograph, zooming to show several security snipers on a distant rooftop. Yes, this is VERY impressive photo resolution.

More details are available on David’s blog post about this photo.

Hat tip to Andy Carvin for this photo link.

More information about the GigaPan process is available. An actual GigaPan imager costs $279 US currently. I’m thinking this is a tool Storychasers certainly need! :-)

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