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Best Photo of Obama Presidendial Inauguration January 25, 2009

Posted by Matsu in History, News, News and politics, Photography, Technology, Web.
Click photo to be able to pan or zoom into image

Click photo to be able to pan or zoom into image

At first glance this appears to be yet another photo of the historic presidential inauguration on January 20, 2009. But, there’s much more to this than first meets the eye.

The best part about this photo is the website behind it. If you click on the photo it will take you to this cool website where you can zoom in and pan and each time you do, it will show you more detail. The shortcut for zooming is done by just double-clicking the area of interest.

Try it. Zoom in on the capital building dome. There are people on the dome balcony. At first I wondered if they were Secret Service agents but they turn out to be (or look like they are) just camera men.

Another thing that amazed me was the wall of photographers on the opposite side. I imagine that where this photo was taken (where the photographer is standing) it pretty much looks the same as the other area full of press photographers.

I think it’s pretty cool.  Have fun!



1. JD - January 27, 2009

wow. Amazing. I wonder if google face recognition software can figure out who attended. So much for privacy.

2. Matsu - January 28, 2009

JD- Now, THAT is a scary thought. If (or when) the face recognition technology gets more sophisticated in the future, it will be possible to scan all of those photos on blogs, Facebook, MySpace, Flikr, etc.

You talk about “big brother” knowing everything. With that technology you could map a person’s life based on where they pop up on a photo — it’s the new “time and space” Google map.

3. Matsu - January 28, 2009

Hey, I just found Yo-Yo Ma in this photo. He’s taking a photo with his little digital camera. Now, where’s Waldo?

4. Moose - January 28, 2009

Now, if you could rotate it around and get the 3-d version from any vantage point, then THAT would rock!

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