Take Part in the Pittsburgh Gigapanoarama

On Thursday, September 23rd (weather permitting), a team of talented gigapanners will be capturing a stupendous photographic portrait of Pittsburgh. You are invited to take part. 

Designed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the GigaPan robotic camera mount is capable of capturing explorable, multi-gigapixel panoramas. From approximately 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the 23rd, we plan to take a series of GigaPans consisting of thousands of photographs from the top of the U. S. Steel Tower, a high point in southwest Pennsylvania. You can be in the picture, more than once if you move around. It’s free, fun, and you will be making history.  Here's how you can join the fun:

1. Check the first Pittsburgh Gigapanorama at www.gigapan.org/gigapans/47373/ Zoom in and find a familiar spot in the landscape where you’ll be seen.  The closer to the Tower the better, but any place that can be seen in the first image should also be visible in the second. 

2. Let us know who you are and where you'll be by visiting the Pittsburgh Gigapanorama FaceBook page or following the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry on twitter @CreativeInquiry. Please provide an e-dress and/or cell phone number so we communicate with you before, during, and after the shoot. 

3. We plan to take the image in four geographic segments on this approximate schedule:

 A. 11:00 – 12:00 – Oakland, the Hill South Side and points east

 B. 12:00 - 1:00 - The Strip, Lawrenceville and points north

C. 1:00    2:00 - Station Square, Mt. Washington, South Hills and points west

D. 2:00 –  3:00 - North Shore, PNC Park, and points north.

Plan to be in your position before shooting for your section starts and be ready to follow our Twitter feed on-site so you’ll know when we actually start taking pictures in your direction. 

While you can just stand in place and smile, we encourage creativity. Wear a costume or colorful clothing; hold a sign or banner, anything to help you stand out from the landscape. Also, bring a cell phone that day so we can communicate when we are shooting images in your direction.  Also have someone snap a picture of your display that you can send us.  

Since the Pirates will be playing in PNC Park at 12:35, you can also be in the picture simply by going to the game and sitting on the right or left sides of the field (no outfield seats).

We hope to release the completed image online in late October, when you will be able to visit the image, find and take a snapshot of your participation. We’ll also make a large (4 feet x 25 feet) print of the image and include it as part of our gigapanorama exhibit "New Perspectives of Pittsburgh" which will be in the Photo Forum Gallery in the upper lobby of the U. S. Steel Tower from October 11 through November 19, 2010.  Details to follow.

So join the fun and please also share this information with your Pittsburgh networks and contacts so others can participate. 

The Pittsburgh Gigapanorama project was initiated by David Bear at CMU’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and has received support from the Heinz Endowments and Sprout Fund.