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The Automatic Cross-country Photographer

Implement A9.com's Block View technology on public transport vehicles
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The idea is to use A9.com's project of photographing a city using their Block View technology and transpose that to that to a wider array of transportation in order to record the highways and byways for posterity.

Potentially, there is a possibility of partnership with a whole slew of public transport operations such as National Train (ie Amtrak), Air (ie Delta) and Bus (ie Greyhound). Government could subsidize the project and use it to encourage public transportation in order to reduce green-house emissions.

From an artistic point of view, it would be awesome to see a portrait of the whole continent via train. From a practical point of view... well I'm sure there are practical aspects as well. Ah, here we are: for scientific purposes, the streaming of data could include temperature, barometric pressure and air pollutants (in addition to the obvious usage of a panoramic camera). All the data could be viewed online with minimum delay as the data could be uploaded using the EDGE network (the same one that Blackberries operate on).

cartoon_nate, Jan 31 2006


       I've been hovering on the point of trying out a new technique. I'm quite familiar with cylindrical pano photography (I have a Kaidan rig (that since a few months ago I simply can't get unscrewed from my tripod)). What I'm interested in trying is a kind of 'mural' or 'linear' 'panorama'. In other words, taking a pic of a linear scene, at regular (or new lemon) intervals, and stitching it together to make a result that most people would simply shrug their shoulders at and say 'so what?' in response.   

       What they wouldn't realise is that for some circumstances, there'd be no way I could have stood back far enough to get a rectilinearly correct shot of the view. But standing only far enough to get a portion of the view, then moving along a bit, and then a bit more, etc. and then stitching it, I could assemble quite wide shots that look undistorted, and look as though you were equally in front of the whole thing.
Ian Tindale, Jan 31 2006


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