A student sent me a link to this panoramic photograph of the inauguration:
Wait until you see what it does. I'll let photographer David Bergman explain:
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.
What this means is that although this image was made from very far away, it has super-freaky-high resolution and you can zoom in so close you can see Ted Kennedy's tonsils. Or see Yo-Yo Ma take a picture with his iPhone. (This last part is true; I saw it).
The awesome irony is that we're now using digital technology to create the kind of super-high-res images that some kinds of analog photography have always given us. Remember those newly-discovered photos showing Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg? It was only possible to see Abe in the great crowd because the image resolution of large format 19th century photography was so high.
Here's the site where you can explore the image. Enjoy!
I am *so* going to waste tons of time looking at this...