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January 30, 2009


This gigapan shot of the Inauguration by David Bergman is the best way to waste a morning on the Internet that we've seen of late. If you were there, you may be able to zoom in on yourself or you can just enjoy closeups of people like Clarence Thomas (below), described as taking "a religious moment to silently pray during President Barack Obama's swearing in ceremony. Witnesses say Thomas was so moved he prayed for nearly 20 continuous minutes, head occasionally falling over onto Judge Scalia's shoulder."

Bergman writes, "After a cab ride, three security checkpoints, and a lot of walking, I was finally in my photo position. I was in the very back row of the platform, standing on a chair behind an AOC photographer. She was nice enough to allow me to attach the Gigapan to the railing next her. The unit takes a series of overlapping images one at a time. In this case, I set it to shoot a grid that was 20 photos wide by 11 photos down. It took about 15 minutes to complete."

Under the grand shot, you'll find over 1200 closeups you can zoom in on. Have a nice day and we'll see you tomorrow. Main Page Bergman's Blog


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