An amazing Gigapan image shot atop the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center. Pan and zoom to incredible detail in this 360 degree image of one of the world’s most iconic skyline’s.
In a remarkable making-of video Time’s Senior Editor of Photo & Interactive, Jonathan D. Woods explains how the partnership between Time and Gigapan started with sketches on bar napkins and soon grew into a multi-state engineering challenge focused on capturing a panoramic image despite the physical and meteorological challenges present at the top of the building’s spire.
Over the course of five hours a Canon 5D Mark II with 100mm lens captured 567 photos that were stitched together to produce the final image. Read more about the project over at Time’s The Top of America project site here.