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About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- xRez Studio
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- 1.29 Gigapixels
- Date added
- May 09, 2010
- Date taken
- May 09, 2010
Canon G9 w/ 2x Teleconverter w...
Composite, rendered image taken from the "Yosemite Extreme Panoramic Imaging Project", www.xrez.com/case-studies/national-parks/yosemite-extreme-panoramic-imaging-project /. This is an aggregate of 10 of the 20 500-shot gigapixel images taken at the same moment in time to document the valley's vertical walls for the purpose of helping analyze hazardous rockfall for The National Park Service, specifically park geologist Dr. Greg Stock. The images have already found repeated use in analyzing many rockfall events, notably influencing the closing of 300 structures from the 10/08 rockfall above Camp Curry. Repeat high-resolution digital photography and terrestrial laser scanning provide accuracy and precision in determining rock-fall volumes and informing models of rock mass failure previously not attainable in the field of geologic hazard assessment.
Artistically, it also represents a first in landscape photography in which a true elevational view of nature has been created devoid of perspective. This image is a view of the north side of the valley, assembled from 5000 images shot from Gigapan Beta units in May of 2008. It was projected onto a 1M DEM terrain model in Maya animation software, and rendered at 150,000 pixels in Mental Ray through an orthographic camera.
Thanks go out to Randy Sargent of Gigapan for supporting the 20 shooting teams with Gigapan units, they performed flawlessly under pressure. Thanks also to the 50 volunteer photographers who participated in the shoot, scaling the aggregate 36,000 feet climbed would've been tough by ourselves!