Yesterday, when Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, people attending the ceremony were taking thousands of photos. In a partnership with CNN, photos from the event’s attendees were combined with those from CNN’s professional photographers, then uploaded and shared as Photosynths – the 360 images that let you virtually explore a scene or locale from all angles, using only your computer.
By visiting “The Moment” web site at CNN, you can see the end results of these efforts. Here, one giant Photosynth’ed image is displayed on the screen. You can pan and zoom and rotate the images as you wish…or, if you do nothing, the CNN page refreshes the photos for you. Given the amount of people in the photos, you can zoom in and out forever, focusing on different sections of the image. (For example, check out the men in black on the roof of the capital!)
But while “The Moment” received special attention thanks to CNN, there are tons of other inauguration-related synths to explore. Just go to http://photosynth.net/inauguration.aspx and click on any of the red pushpins to see the photos taken in various areas of Washington D.C., including images from the parade, at area monuments, or elsewhere in the crowd.