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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 - 3668K) or VR/Zoom!360° x 18° (.pano) Full size is 155093 x 7948 (1233 Megapix) (25' 2" x 16" at 512PPI)
1.2 gigapixel BRC from 6:30 and Esplanade, 5pm Wednesday

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 - 782K) or VR/Zoom!360° x 38° (Set) Full size is 50530 x 5448 (275 Megapix) (12' x 16" at 351PPI)
Full Circle around Man, from the edge

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 VR/Zoom!360° x 47° (.pano) Full size is 52005 x 7340 (382 Megapix) (9' 2" x 16" at 473PPI)
Taller but detailed BRC from 6:30 near Esplanade

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 - 2051K) or VR/Zoom!251° x 22° (Exif) Full size is 61088 x 5621 (343 Megapix) (14' x 16" at 362PPI)
Art cars waiting at the DMV

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 - 1003K) or VR/Zoom!360° x 37° (Exif) Full size is 51157 x 5499 (281 Megapix) (12' x 16" at 354PPI)
City at twilight

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 - 1030K) or VR/Zoom!126° x 18° (.pano) Full size is 48296 x 7078 (342 Megapix) (8' 10" x 16" at 456PPI)
Temple of Flux

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 - 1657K) or VR/Zoom!360° x 45° (Exif) Full size is 29809 x 4024 (120 Megapix) (9' 7" x 16" at 259PPI)
Inside Temple of Flux at night

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 - 1410K) or VR/Zoom!360° x 36° (Exif) Full size is 51175 x 5436 (278 Megapix) (12' 2" x 16" at 350PPI)
Temple Burning with full crowd

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 - 772K) or VR/Zoom!153° x 32° (Exif) Full size is 25294 x 5452 (138 Megapix) (6' x 16" at 351PPI)
Remains of the Temple

The crowd dances around the remains of the Temple.

from-mega-70.jpg (14917 x 1100 - 1446K) or VR/Zoom!360° x 26° (Exif) Full size is 70633 x 5208 (368 Megapix) (17' 6" x 16" at 336PPI)
From Megatropolis in Deep Playa

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 VR/Zoom!248° x 19° (Exif) Full size is 66601 x 5203 (346 Megapix) (16' 6" x 16" at 335PPI)
Deep Sunset by the globe

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 - 2722K) or VR/Zoom!240° x 9° (Set) Full size is 135924 x 5300 (720 Megapix) (33' 2" x 16" at 341PPI)
Even more detail main Playa

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.