I Photographed (Almost) Every Single Person at Yankee Stadium Last Night

October 29, 2009 by David Bergman

You thought my Obama Inuguration Gigapan was big?

I produced a new one last night during the first ever World Series game at the new Yankee Stadium.

The final image is stitched together from 675 photos – 45 across by 15 down. It weighs in at 104,360 X 27,836 pixels.

That’s 2,904 megapixels. The uncompressed image is over 8 gigabytes.

You can see the whole thing exclusively at MLB.com.

World Series Gigapan by David Bergman

** UPDATE with technical info:

I’m fortunate to be part of the Gigapan beta testing program and I shot this image using a prototype of their new Epic Pro unit. To make this Gigapan, I used my Nikon D700 and the 200-400 f/4 lens. The whole setup weighs about 10 lbs and the Epic Pro had no problem with it.

I was zoomed all the way to 400 and my settings were 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600. I shot JPEG FINE to a Sandisk 16GB card and found that the cool white fluorescent white balance was the most accurate. I began shooting at the top left at 8:02 pm. Working top-to-bottom and then left-to-right, it took 53 minutes to get all the way down to the bottom right corner. The white swath down the middle is a short period of time when it was raining.

Naturally, there are some places where people moved between overlapping frames, creating a handful of weird looking errors like half bodies and people with two faces. I manually went in and fixed any that may have existed with the players on the field, but didn’t touch the crowd.

And yes, Alec Baldwin is wearing a suit at his seat behind home plate while everyone else is in rain jackets and jeans. Maybe they were filming for 30 Rock?

I learned a few things while doing this and will make some minor changes next time. I’m planning on producing at least one more Gigapan before the Series is over. Stay tuned.

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