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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 6, February 8, 2009, Article 20

QUERY: NUMISMATIC USES FOR DIGITAL PANORAMIC CAMERAS

Dan Freidus writes:
I got an email about an amazing panorama taken at President Obama’s inauguration. It was taken with a device that pans a camera and takes many photos as it tilts and swings. You then use stitching software to put together hundreds of individual images. I wondered if it has numismatic uses and found a nice image of a piece of paper money on their site.

The equipment: http://gigapansystems.com/system-page.html

(under $400 and they’re about to come out with a less expensive version!)

The note: http://gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=15209

The Inauguration: http://share.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=15374


By clicking on the small images below the panoramic view of the Inauguration, the large image will pan and zoom into focus on individual people in the crowd. It's indeed an amazing application of technology. Maybe the tradition of an ANA convention photograph can be revived now that technology exists for photographing large crowds.

Below is the image of a banknote, and below that is a close-up I zoomed in on. Wow! -Editor


Panorama banknote image


Panorama banknote image closeup




Wayne Homren, Editor

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