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Gigapixel Artzoom Panarama of Seattle-Can you find all the Artist Easter eggs?

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There are almost 50 to find, I found it was easiest to look at all the artists first, so I would know what I was looking for ;)

In 2007, Johannes Kopf, Matt Uyttendaele, Oliver Deussen, and Michael Cohen at Microsoft Research showed how to capture gigapixel-scale images containing billions of pixels, and—more importantly—demonstrated new online viewing capabilities. Novel viewing techniques were needed because a gigapixel image contains roughly a thousand times more pixels than a typical screen can display, and therefore requires smooth panning and zooming in order to explore the immense detail.

Microsoft's , for example, allows you to capture panoramas on an iPhone or Windows Phone, and share them using a viewer that runs in any modern web browser. The same Photosynth viewing technology is being used to present the Gigapixel ArtZoom panorama on this web site.

We first sought out the perfect rooftop location from which to shoot such a panorama. We were lucky enough to find the Bay Vista condominium building, and thanks to the gracious owners, get access to amazing 360-degree views that include the Seattle Center, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and Seattle's stadiums, as well Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and Lake Union. We also discussed the project with John Boylan, who has deep roots in the Seattle art scene. He helped us attract great interest from the arts community to come out and help create this celebration of the arts in Seattle. John introduced us to Elise Ballard, who coordinated the efforts of everyone involved in producing the entire piece. And finally, videographer Kris Crews helped us assemble a team to shoot video footage of the artists and performers from the ground.

All together, the full panorama consists of 2,368 twenty-two-megapixel images. We stitched these images together using our software, which is available for free from Microsoft Research. This resulted in two 10-gigapixel half panoramas, recording the city in fantastic detail, but still somewhat lacking in people.

Over the next few weeks, we climbed to the roof six more times to capture individual artists, acrobats, and other performers at dozens of locations visible in the panorama. These photos were captured from precisely the same spots on the roof as the panorama shots, using a Canon digital SLR with lenses ranging from 400 mm to 600 mm. While we captured still shots of the performers from the roof, video crews filmed the events on the ground.

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