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Burning Man 2010 Panoramas

Burning Man 2010 Panoramas

This year I aimed to do some super high resolution panoramas. You won't see all the resolution in the web display, and in a few cases you won't even see it all in a 2 foot high print, but I will be offering some flash zoom viewers to show all the resolution.

Check my blog for announcements of updates and the regular photos.

And also check the gallery of regular size photos of 2010.

Donors to BRAF may purchase large prints of these photos. I keep several on my walls, and an 20 foot long one wrapped around my staircase. Every time I go up the stairs I imagine myself in Black Rock City.


dota-maga-360.jpg (21000 x 1076 - 3667K) or Flash Zoom!Full size is 155093 x 7948 (1233 Megapix). (25' 2" x 16" [$268] at 512PPI)

My primary panorama was shot from the DOTA tower on Ring road near 6:30 and Esplanade, around 5pm Wednesday. I shot a number of shots here, each suitable for a different purpose.

Above you see my largest photo ever, over 1.2 billion pixels. This shot will make an amazing printout at 2' by 40' if I ever decide to do it that large, but even that will not show all the detail.

You can now click on it to see it in a zoomable flash viewer (right click or use button in upper right for amazing fullscreen) or also on the gigapan web site: Burning Man 2010

Not enough? Go to the bottom for an even higher resolution focus on just the main area of this picture.


constitch.jpg (10202 x 1100 - 781K) or Flash Zoom!Full size is 50530 x 5448 (275 Megapix). (12' x 16" [$148] at 351PPI) (See Full-Rez Slice)

This is a shot of the Man before the burn, during the fire dance. It's a 360 degree shot and you can see the crowd all around the man, and behind me. I'm on a stepladder at the boundary between the sitters and standers.


dota-3row.jpg (7657 x 1100 - 1575K) or Flash Zoom!Full size is 52005 x 7340 (382 Megapix). (9' 2" x 16" [$123] at 473PPI) (See Full-Rez Slice)

This shot was done from 3 rows of 50mm photos for 400 megapixels. It shows a wider angle of view, and can be printed for those who need a shorter print (it is 7 to 1) but I recommend a more flawless shot from the middle row with about a 10 to 1 aspect ratio -- you will see more detail.


dmv-wait.jpg (11695 x 1100 - 2054K) Full size is 61088 x 5621 (343 Megapix). (14' x 16" [$167] at 362PPI) (See Full-Rez Slice)

While I was waiting for my DMV licence, I shot the crowd of art cars who were also waiting on Tuesday at sunset.


twilight1.jpg (10233 x 1100 - 1001K) or Flash Zoom!Full size is 51157 x 5499 (281 Megapix). (12' x 16" [$149] at 354PPI) (See Full-Rez Slice)

Most cities are at their most dramatic at twilight, when the lights come on but the sky is still somewhat lit. That's not as true of BRC because the lights and art cars don't come out in force until a bit later, but it's still a nice way to view the city. Because it's late, only a few art cars are lined up for their night licences at the DMV. Taken from the BMIR studio roof, 5:45 and Esplanade.


temp-200.jpg (7506 x 1100 - 1028K) or Flash Zoom!Full size is 48296 x 7078 (342 Megapix). (8' 10" x 16" [$120] at 456PPI) (See Full-Rez Slice)

A very high resolution shot of the Temple of Flux. You can read many of the inscriptions in it. The temple's aesthetic this year was good, but sadly the presence of large spaces led people (I would call them vandals) to write big coloured grafitti with inane platitudes on many of the surfaces, diminishing the small personal rememberances that are the traditional community addition to the temple. It may be that since Megatropolis encouraged grafitti that newbies thought it should be done on the temple too. Tagging and spam (for camps and groups) is getting to a disturbing level.


inside-flux.jpg (8149 x 1100 - 1664K) or Flash Zoom!Full size is 29809 x 4024 (120 Megapix). (9' 7" x 16" [$127] at 259PPI) (See Full-Rez Slice)

A 360 degree view inside the Temple of Flux at night. Lit from within by red lights, it always appered to be burning.


templeburn.jpg (10354 x 1100 - 1413K) or Flash Zoom!Full size is 51175 x 5436 (278 Megapix). (12' 2" x 16" [$150] at 350PPI) (See 92%-Rez Slice)

A 360 shot of the early part of the Temple burn. I'm sitting at the border of sitters and standers, so the people behind me are giant in the photo, if a bit out of focus because they are close.


temple-after.jpg (5103 x 1100 - 771K) Full size is 25294 x 5452 (138 Megapix). (6' x 16" [$85] at 351PPI) (See 84%-Rez Slice)

The crowd dances around the remains of the Temple.


from-mega-70.jpg (14917 x 1100 - 1445K) or Flash Zoom!Full size is 70633 x 5208 (368 Megapix). (17' 6" x 16" [$198] at 336PPI) (See 92%-Rez Slice)

I had to shoot quickly during the 1 minute trips they offered to the top of Megatropolis in the deep playa. My higher resolution shot did not work out but this shot still shows a lot of detail of the outer playa and the city from a distance (though obscured by some dust.)

For a deep playa shot of the whole city, I recommend my shot from the 11 story Tower of Babel in 2008.


deep-sunset.jpg (14080 x 1100 - 1074K) or Flash Zoom!Full size is 66601 x 5203 (346 Megapix). (16' 6" x 16" [$189] at 335PPI) (See 89%-Rez Slice)

Late on Wednesday this shot shows the last remains of the sunlight on the hills and the purple sunset, out by Michael Christian's globe.


dota-200.jpg (21000 x 819 - 2463K) or Flash Zoom!Full size is 135924 x 5300 (720 Megapix). (33' 2" x 16" [$340] at 341PPI) (See Full-Rez Slice)

This is the central playa, esplanade and center camp version of the 1.2 gigapixel image at the top. It was shot with 30% greater linear resolution (or 70% more pixels per area.)


Comments on the panoramas can be left at this blog post about them.