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Smile! Get in the Pittsburgh Gigapan project picture

Pittsburgh is getting its picture taken this Thursday, Sept. 23, and everyone is invited to get into the Gigapanorama in more ways than one.

The beauty of the 360-degree image is that, once it's done, what you see is just the beginning of what you can really see. Developed by Carnegie Mellon University, the 360-degree image will be stitched together from more than 6000 individual shots that will be taken from the roof of the U.S. Steel Tower. GigaPan viewers are then able to zoom into the picture, explore the details and locate themselves. There will be a few strategically placed Easter eggs as well, a sort of find Waldo.

"It's all an experiment," explains David Bear, a fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and former Post-Gazette Travel Editor. "This is a whole new kind of urban portraiture. And everyone can be in it."

Here's how it works.
Weather permitting, the Gigapanners will be on the Tower from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pictures will be taken starting from points east, the South Side and Oakland, and will revolve around to The Strip, Lawrenceville, the North Side, Station Square and points west. If you're at the Pirate's game and sitting in the right or left fields of PNC Park, smile and wave! Be sure to RSVP on Facebook.

For added fun, Bear encourages people to move around from point to point and get in the picture multiple times. Follow the shooting schedule (so you aren't standing around for two hours) on Twitter.

The first Gigapanorama of Pittsburgh will be on display at "New Perspectives of Pittsburgh" in the Photo Forum Gallery in the upper lobby of the U. S. Steel Tower from October 11 through Nov 19. The second picture taken this week will be unveiled too, says Bear.

"We plan to use the picture to promote the city and take advantage of the possibilities of this new perspective, which no one has ever done before. We're making history," he says.cientists working with gigapixel imagery will be in Pittsburgh on Nov. 11-13 for the first Fine International Conference on Gigapixel Imaging for Science, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. Register now!

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Writer: Deb Smit
Source: David Bear, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

Image courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University

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