Thursday, September 23, 2010

Take Part In Pittsburgh's Giant Panorama

If you can see the top of the U.S. Steel Tower someone may be taking your picture today. Between 11 am and 2 pm a team from Carnegie Mellon University will be taking a giant panoramic photo of the city. The "Pittsburgh Gigapanorama", a high resolution panorama, will be shot from the top of Pittsburgh's tallest building, the U.S. Steel tower. Anywhere visable from the Steel Tower will be captured in a portait. A GigaPan photograph is a composite image made up of many smaller images stitched together to make one giant photograph, as seen here in last year's photo of the city.

Pittsburghers are invited to make signs, wear costumes and pose for the camera as it takes a massive high-resolution picture of our city. The picture will be accessible online before the end of October.

Carnegie Mellon's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry will broadcast updates every five minutes using Twitter and Facebook to help participants know where the GigaPan camera is pointing at the time they check.

Carnegie Mellon's David Bear began the project during a fellowship at CMU and has been financially supported by the Sprout Fund and the Heinz Endowments. The GigaPan Camera, and other tools used for todays project, were developed by the Create Lab at CMU's Robotics institute.

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