Gigapan

The Inauguration of President Barack Obama
1,474 megapixels


I always try to make unique images using technology and by simply seeing things a bit differently. When I got the assignment to photograph President Obama's inauguration, I knew I had to come up with something that would live up to the magnitude of the historical event.

The response to my GigaPan showing two million people in front of the U.S. Capitol was incredible. It was viewed over 20 million times by people in 210 countries. I was interviewed on CNN and the image was mentioned on every news and tech website from the Huffington Post and Drudge Report to Engadget and Gizmodo, garnering a #1 ranking on Digg.com.

I made the image by shooting a series of 220 photos using the GigaPan Epic. When stitched together into one giant panorama, the resulting photo is 1,474 megapixels. For comparison, a normal point-and-shoot photo is about 10 megapixels. The extreme resolution allows you to zoom in and pan around by double clicking or using the controls at top left. As you look around, you'll find all of the living U.S. Presidents, cellist Yo-Yo Ma taking a picture with his iPhone, and government snipers on faraway rooftops.

More information about obtaining prints of this image is available here.

In the time since I made this image, I've developed my technique for making very high quality GigaPans and have documented large events for MLB.com, Sports Illustrated, and Bon Jovi. During the 2010 World Series, fans could zoom in and tag themselves and their friends on Facebook.