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

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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. Deane gallo

    Deane gallo (January 27, 2009, 04:27AM )

    Im not sure but take a look at Clarence Thomas it looks like he is sound asleep?

  2. Eugene Williams

    Eugene Williams (January 27, 2009, 03:58AM )

    Thanks for such a great GigaPan. I have email it so others may view it.

  3. Bertman007

    Bertman007 (January 26, 2009, 01:33PM )

    Hi, I just wanted to mention that this technology is so good that if you zoom in on Bush, he is not holding a cell phone or blackberry or anything else. He is clapping his hands. Look closely, what looks like a cell phone is actually his thumb on his left hand as he claps. This technology is great, but we all still have to pay close attention to what is there

  4. K Murphy

    K Murphy (January 26, 2009, 12:31PM )

    Bush - gotta love him - he still can't figure out how to get to the Internets from his Crackberry...

  5. udo d

    udo d (January 26, 2009, 11:09AM )

    Using the gigapan technology at such an important moment in history, and capturing with it such a rich source of interesting detail, viewers can now zoom into, is simply amazing. I wish GeoEye/CNN (edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/44.p resident/inauguration/mall.satellite Will open in
a new tab or window/) would publish their "half-meter resolution" satellite image as Gigapan as well. Another interesting perspective of this event is captured with the help of Microsoft's photosynth technology: edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/44.p resident/inauguration/themoment Will open in
a new tab or window/.

  6. pboud

    pboud (January 26, 2009, 10:40AM )

    Anyone notice Obi Wan Kenobi in the crowd, a few rows behind the Justices? Also on the same side, front row of the top section on the left, next to a gentleman in a wheel chair there seems to be a guy that looks a little out of place.

  7. Jakub Madej

    Jakub Madej (January 26, 2009, 09:17AM )

    Very good place to make a gigapan, but this gigapan could be better.

  8. joe blow

    joe blow (January 25, 2009, 09:54PM )

    Can you all see Justice Clarence Thomas??? WTF?? It's shameful...

  9. nate sloan

    nate sloan (January 25, 2009, 09:50PM )

    wheres waldo?!

  10. watford

    watford (January 25, 2009, 03:52PM )

    towards the base of the media tower, by the fence.. floating legs lol

  11. Milton Diaz

    Milton Diaz (January 25, 2009, 02:37PM )


  12. Fraser Mitchell

    Fraser Mitchell (January 25, 2009, 12:14PM )

    Why does Aretha have a beard ?

  13. Kathy Tafel

    Kathy Tafel (January 25, 2009, 12:01PM )

    Can't believe I can almost see myself.

  14. Lincoln Morro

    Lincoln Morro (January 25, 2009, 08:48AM )

    Exceptional view, we will share this will all the students, facility and alumni of The University of Obama. President Lincoln Morro

  15. Elizabeth Padilla

    Elizabeth Padilla (January 25, 2009, 07:07AM )

    Fantastic!!!!!!!! Congratulations for the photo

  16. tonianne gifford

    tonianne gifford (January 24, 2009, 11:34PM )

    great pics. thanks for sharing history.

  17. Bill Bailey

    Bill Bailey (January 24, 2009, 03:02PM )

    Many people don't realize the amount of work and processing that goes into a gigapan like this. They are getting more popular and when done properly like this it really captures a moment that a viewer can encapsulate themselves with. Well Done! Cheers Bill Bailey

  18. Janet Bloem

    Janet Bloem (January 24, 2009, 01:48PM )

    Amazing. MY FAVORITE & BOOKMARKED!!! What wonderous things we can do with technology and cameras. I think it's genius.

  19. Steve Renich

    Steve Renich (January 24, 2009, 12:28PM )

    Excellent!!! - I'm thrilled GigaPan was at the inauguration!

  20. Macky Ruiz

    Macky Ruiz (January 24, 2009, 07:47AM )

    You made it on digg.com!

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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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