Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Taking photography to new heights

In 1906, some panoramic pictures of San Francisco after the big earthquake were taken. These were not ordinary pictures. George Lawrence used kites to place a camera at the right place to record the extension of the damage caused by the earthquake. Besides the historic value of the pictures, they are the outcome of a quite interesting engineering project.

Two years ago, Lawrence's project was revisited. Although they did not use kites this time, the picture is still impressive. They also have some interactive version that allows you to zoom in and see more details of the landscape.

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