Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Gigapxl Project

click on photos below for high detail
Angel's Window - Grand Canyon

San Diego, California

Space Shuttle Discovery

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

San Francisco, California

Devil's Tower - Wyoming

Graham Flint is the sort of man who uses the structural bracing of a nuclear reactor's safety door as a camera stand. The bracing secures his camera casing to the inside of his minivan and is indicative of the precision and focus with which he approaches all aspects of his life, none more so than his current and most ambitious project: a 1,000-shot survey of America at the dawn of the 21st century, his Portrait of America, taken with the camera he designed and built, the highest-resolution landscape camera ever created.

Flint knows that he may already have devised something more profound than a crisper image. He tells the story of how the 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge—who famously showed that all four of a galloping horse's hooves are off the ground at the same time—used his camera as a scientist would. "He's somebody who used photography to create an image that was both startling and different and gave people an understanding that they didn't have before," Flint says. "We're trying to take images that people have photographed thousands of times and give people a whole new perspective of those scenes." Despite Flint's own protestations to the contrary, perhaps the 21st century has found Muybridge's corollary: the scientist who uses his camera as an artist.

Check out the article and slideshow at Popular Science.

Visit the Gigapxl Project website.

This is completely amazing! Check out the photos in their Image Gallery! The resolution is so high on these photos, that you can see paintings on the wall inside of apartments in a skyline shot! If you check out the Angel's Window shot (top photo above), you can make out details of the people looking down from the overlook and even the chain-link fence! Unbelievable!!!

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