Friday, April 8, 2011
You might have seen the enormous, 360-degree, clickable photograph of Prague's Strahov monastery library that went viral online earlier this week. If not, it's here. It's an incredible piece of technology, and I urge you to waste a few minutes zooming, panning, and otherwise enjoying this normally forbidden room.
Now Wired has the story behind the image. They interviewed Jeffrey Martin about his camera (robot-controlled), the program that drives it (euphoniously named GigaPanBot), and Two thousand nine hundred forty-seven photos later, Martin had his raw material. Initial processing took 111 hours. Martin himself spent 20 hours correcting misaligned pictures--and an eagle-eyed coworker of mine took about two seconds to spot one that Martin missed.
The full Wired article is here. Check it out--David E