I made a panoramic image showing the nearly two million people who watched President Obama's inaugural address. To do so, I clamped a Gigapan Imager to the railing on the north media platform about six feet from my photo position. The Gigapan is a robotic camera mount that allows me to take multiple images and stitch them together, creating a massive image file.
My final photo is made up of 220 Canon G10 images and the file is 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels. It took more than six and a half hours for the Gigapan software to put together all of the images on my Macbook Pro and the completed TIF file is almost 2 gigabytes.
Use the controls to zoom and pan around the photo. You can also double click to zoom in and double click again to get even closer.
Here's a direct link to the full-screen photo from which to start zooming.
How good is it?
In this screenshot made after I zoomed into the crowd are 4 former presidents, 5 first ladies, 2 vice presidents and Aretha Franklin -- a once in a lifetime moment. See it double this size by clicking on it.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is off to Former President George W. Bush's right, in the aisle in a wheelchair.
At the moment this photo was taken, Obama was giving his speech from the jutting semicircular balcony by the bottom bunting.