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President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address by David Bergman by David Bergman

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Taken by
David Bergman David Bergman
Explore score
1.47 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 21, 2009
Date taken
Jan 20, 2009

I made this Gigapan image from the north press platform during President Obama's inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2009. It's made up of 220 images and the final image size is 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels.

There are a few known stitching errors in this image. A NEW VERSION of the photo with most of the stitching errors corrected can be seen here:
www.ObamaGigapan.com Will open in a new tab or window
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Gigapan Comments (114)

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  1. exmarron86

    exmarron86 (February 04, 2009, 09:12AM )

    whats with the guy thats missing half his head and is at 2 places at once?

  2. Kain Abel

    Kain Abel (February 04, 2009, 08:51AM )

    i think its quiet reasonable that the Soundman has 4 arms - there is no other way to control that many knobs and faders ;)

  3. aditya chaudhary

    aditya chaudhary (February 04, 2009, 12:39AM )

    This is Amazing!!!!!!!

  4. Ashish Kapur

    Ashish Kapur (February 03, 2009, 11:55PM )

    Found a flaw in this otherwise magnificent photo. Ghost pic of a woman. Perhaps because of stitching? www.flickr.com/photos/ashkapur/325 3021780/in/set-72157613341556228 Will open in
a new tab or window/

  5. bceugene

    bceugene (February 03, 2009, 10:00PM )

    I hate to rain on everyone's parade, but despite the fact that it has tremendous pixel dimensions, the image quality is pretty awful - high noise, blurry, terrible definition of detail (this is not the same as having a lot of pixels and simply capturing detail). Not to criticize the photographer - its a great photo, but just speaking to the technology. Bigger is not necessarily better. I would take a 6x17cm panoramic film photo taken with an old Fuji rangefinder and its spectacular lenses anyday. You can drum scan a 6x17 at 8,000 dpi and get a file that's 18,000 x 53,000 pixels, and still have gorgeous image quality. Yes, it would 'only' be 954 megapixels... I think this technology will become far more useful when it can accomodate DSLR cameras with high quality lenses.

  6. Tony Nichols

    Tony Nichols (February 03, 2009, 04:49AM )

    You should see the guy under the tower directly in front of the president... all he has is legs! :)

  7. Scott McPherson

    Scott McPherson (February 02, 2009, 08:05PM )

    Regarding the blurred area behind AP lens. Not a conspiracy. This is a function of the GigaPan system/field of view and depth of field. The photo is a composit eof 1400 individual photos taken from a zoomed in point and shoot camera. The field of view may only be a few degrees. In the case of the area behind the AP lens, that is the entire field of view of that shot. The focus appears not to be preset at infinity, and in THAT one image (out of over a thousand), the object in the foreground caught the focus, and therefore the objects (people) behind are not in focus. This is actually a good pickup, as it shows a sharply delineated rectangular area that represents the field of view of one shot. If you print the image out and trace the rectangular area, I would imagine it would be 1/1400 of the entire image.

  8. Jim Haynes

    Jim Haynes (February 02, 2009, 06:11PM )

    Alien looking thing on head of guy small balconey above bottom center flags just above band my pic Grandpajim "What is it"

  9. Marvin Jardin

    Marvin Jardin (February 02, 2009, 12:25PM )

    The area above the big lens labeled "AP" on the far left is intentionally blurred out. Who is sitting there that we're not allowed to see, and why??

  10. kent Ewing

    kent Ewing (February 02, 2009, 03:38AM )

    anyone found mccain


    LEON (SEALEY2K) SEALEY (January 30, 2009, 03:54PM )

    I think I see the "ghostly" image Ghostly speaks of. Apparantly during the stitching process that goes on in making a gigapan, the software merges a large number of photos together. Eliminating a seam between each picture makes a soft edge and it seems part of an image in one photo interfered with an image in another. Boo

  12. stardust

    stardust (January 30, 2009, 02:51PM )

    What lampost are you talking about ghostly? I can't find it. how far away from Obama is this thing ?????????

  13. ghostly

    ghostly (January 30, 2009, 02:06PM )

    Can any one explain how this ghostly person is created or is it a real Ghost? :O I am talking about the image close to the lamp post on the right of Obama ( as If obama is looking over his right shoulder ). You have to Zoom in to the lamp post to see this. This ghostly man image is the one close to the lamp post. He is the one looking away from obama. I know these can be created with technology, but this has no image distortion where his missing part of head supposed to be :O Interesting or Scary ?

  14. Julia Sweeney

    Julia Sweeney (January 30, 2009, 06:35AM )

    This is fantastic. Thank you for an incredible capture of history.

  15. Steve Wells

    Steve Wells (January 30, 2009, 05:33AM )

    I'm sorry, but Aretha's participation is not as large and the mere presence of our military leaders. She should have been given a seat of honor for her participation , but the seating is a very subtle expression of the new Commander and Chiefs priorities. Quote from the Cleveland paper reporting the absence of Barack from the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball: Instead, Barack Obama chose to be in the company of Kanye West (who said he hates America and is moving to England), Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kid Rock, Stevie Wonder, Mary. J. Blige, Usher, Faith Hill, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Shakira, will.i.am, Samuel L. Jackson, Sting, Mariah Carey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sheryl Crow and Marc Anthony, amongst numerous other celebrities in attendance at the balls he did appear at. Barack Obama made a monumental mistake in declining to attend the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball in favor of rubbing shoulders with celebrities. While the American Legion states that they do not feel snubbed or offended, plenty of America's citizens and servicemen are. He is my new President and I support him, just want to know how I feel. I don't expect anything in return for my service as a disabled Vietnam Vet, just want to know my President is looking at the big picture, something our last President and Congress failed to do.

  16. ellisonhorne

    ellisonhorne (January 29, 2009, 11:27PM )

    People, please! Clarence Thomas is not sleeping. This is a composite. You may notice other people with their eyes closed. This is because it is a mix of moments. During the praying many people had their eyes closed. This is a composite of many moments. Take a closer look and you can see. Fantastic job! The best I've seen! Ellison Horne

  17. Lo  Go

    Lo Go (January 29, 2009, 08:24PM )

    Why is Clarence Thomas sleeping? Look, about for people behind Obama.

  18. Mohith madhav Kuthadi

    Mohith madhav Kuthadi (January 29, 2009, 07:41PM )

    David uncle ,its an extraordinary ever seen Picture,congratulations


    LEON (SEALEY2K) SEALEY (January 29, 2009, 03:34PM )

    As a photographer, my admiration of the photograph, your strategic position, the technique, and the awareness of such a technique leaves me at the brink of jealousy. Fantastic job!

  20. David Engle

    David Engle (January 29, 2009, 12:17PM )

    The reason that Aretha Franklin had a better seat was because she was in the program... top military were not asked to sing,so, they sat in the back! AND if you read this, www.clevelandleader.com/node/8666& nbsp;Will open in a new tab or window, it makes clear that President Obama's absence was understandable and that there were no hard feelings.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3509 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 1474 megapixels (59783 x 24658 pixels)
Input images: 220 (20 columns by 11 rows)
Field of view: 194.2 degrees wide by 80.1 degrees high (top=47.1, bottom=-33.0)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
Image size: 4416x3312 (14.6 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-01-20 12:02:11 - 2009-01-20 12:19:56
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 0.004
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 34.5 to 52.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 32.6 to 39.2 percent
Computer stats: 3072 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 6:35:08 (1:47 per picture)
Alignment: 11:08, Projection: 26:49, Blending: 5:57:10

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