Great ways of combining images
I have always loved panoramas, 360 degree images, gigabit pictures, Photosynth and all the other technologies, which combine several pictures into one – or at least into one experience.
The recent time as shown some “real life” examples of these technologies, and I'd like to dig out a couple and illustrate what I mean. The Obama inauguration has been shot by thousands of photographers from a thousand angles. Microsoft's Photosynth-technology allows us to see all these images pseudo-stitched together into one. Not one image, but one 3D-ish experience, where we can move from image to image, and the program shows us what other angles are available and allow us to navigate in a 3D-space created by images taken from all possible – and a few impossible – angles during Obama's inauguration. You can find all the best ones on this map, but please notice that it requires installation of a piece of software for your browser.
Now, David Bergman didn't let other people take his images during Barack's big moment. He took them all himself. All 220 of them.
Using a panoramic system for his compact camera he scanned the whole scene back and forth, and afterwards he stitched all pictures together to one big 1,4 gigapixel image, which you can browse on Gigapan's web site in full screen size, and spend some time just zooming around looking for famous faces. The three examples below show the full image and the details that can be found by zooming.
I am still in awe over how many people are photographing, and I don't wonder why the Photosynth mentioned above was feasible. There are simply so many cameras present, that it's amazing.
Every day less impressing moments are saved for the future using multi image techniques and while researching for a planned shoot in the new Danish Radio concert building in Copenhagen, I bumped into this example of another way of combining pictures – the 360 degrees panorama. This example shot by Danish photographer John E. Kroll clearly shows the potential – as well as why I want to shoot this new architectural pearl in Copenhagen.