Archive for April, 2008

GigaPan student work to be in Warhol show

April 24, 2008

6 GigaPans from students in the class will be on exhibit at a show at the Andy Warhol Museum.  The show will be in July.  This is really exciting news!

A final decision about which GigaPans to include in the exhibit will be made shortly.  If you have additional ideas for GigaPans you would would like to see considered for the show, Saturday is the day to come and work on them!

If you have been (or will be) using a GigaPan outside of class this week, you should stitch (or make arrangements to stitch, if you do not have a computer at home that can stitch) and upload your GigaPans as soon as you can!



GigaPan Classes extended!

April 24, 2008

We will have 4 additional weeks of classes:

April 26th, May 10, May 17, May 24

Note that we are skipping May3rd!

The class time is 1-3.

We will meet at our regular room at LaRoche on April 26th.  Since several people have expressed an interest in meeting elsewhere, we will discuss meeting locations in class, and may decide on other locations for one or more of the last 3 classes.  (Check here, or check with me about location in May.)

Students/families, please let me know if you will be coming to a particular class meeting or not.  Not all teachers will be at each session, but teachers with whom you worked may be able to come and continue working with you if they know when you will be coming.  We can also make sure you are aware of any changes in scheduling (such as location).









Week 5 class

April 14, 2008

Derek did the inaugural 360 panorama for our group:

(thanks to Jack for helping with that, as well as appearing multiple times in it!)

John has a new, large, panorama up:

(thanks to Jim and Sarah for working on the mystery of the order of the pictures.)

Bill visited to learn about GigaPans and quickly got his first one up:

(we love to have people come & visit & work on GigaPans with us!)

Wanda contributed lots and lots of snapshots.

Sara’s game is posted:

Laurie (from LRDC) visited.

David is still working to do as much as he can on a Linux machine.

Thanks to all the teachers for doing such a wonderful job, and nice work, everybody!

To see all the Computing Workshop GigaPans that are on the GigaPan site (21 and counting):


Andy, Shawn and David- Old Post Office in Wexford

April 14, 2008



April 13, 2008


April 13, 2008

Opening Day- Trout

April 12, 2008



Hi from the other Sara!

April 12, 2008

Hope you are enjoying the Gigapanorama class!

Please make a Challenge for the students who aren’t in your class hour! Creating a challenge is open to students and teachers. This is a sketch of how to do this — but you may change it, creatively, and then I will fill in the gaps and assemble them all into one web page. 


Create a Gigapan Challenge

by Sara Masters ( 

Each class will be a team competing against the other two classes of teachers and students. I will assemble all of the challenges into one game.  The team with the highest score wins! 

All the students and teachers should begin their challenge for other Gigapan classes:

1. Mark a start location. (address, words, mark on Google Earth), The most fun might be to pick an existing Gigapan that already shows up on Google Earth.  I can add them to Google Earth if someone gives me their location in words/address.

2. Produce an image or snapshot that is found at the new location. This won’t be given through Gigapan, or else they’ll know the answer right away. If they all email it to me or something, I can assemble this opening page. Origin of picture – a snapshot or screen capture taken when in Gigapan.

BEST: use the student’s own Gigapan but the goal can be any Gigapan taken by r250 and/or CW participants (marked with these tags) or any in Pittsburgh.

3. Create a pathway to go between these landmarks, using the following:

   a. draw a pathway with straight lines and turns on a map.

   b. use street directions

4. Add any creative touches — such as hints.



Sara Masters

Wanda Spangler-Warren Light Forms show

April 12, 2008


Computing Workshop instructor Wanda Spangler Warren is having an exhibition at The Art Center in Butler, PA, through April 25th.




Valuable Tool & Fun!

April 12, 2008

Today will be my first experience using the Gigapan unit. I have been looking forward to experiencing its potential imaging possiblities and will be attending the Computing Workshops class today! It seems this technology has endless potential to generate fun, educational,  useful and historical images with a whole new window of visual observation of the world arounds us. It will be a valuable creative and technical tool to add to digital photographies already endless possibilites!

– Bill

Our First GigaPans

April 11, 2008

I’ve added some of our “little” GigaPans- the ones that weren’t big enough to upload to the GigaPan site- to some of peoples’ posts below. Take a look! To see larger ones, go to the GigaPan website ( and search on “cw”.


Endless Possibilities!

April 5, 2008

At first glance, the unassuming look of the Gigapan robotic camera controller does not produce excitement in the observer.  However, once you have gone through the process of creating a Gigapan, from camera setup through the photo shoot and “stitching” together of the indivdual zoomed in pictures, and ending with viewing the dramatic result, the proverbial “light bulb” will light in your brain, and you will smile!  The concept is really quite simple – snap a few dozen closeup pictures of a large scene and feed them to a computer program with the smarts to match them up and assemble them into one large composite view.  The power of the result, however, is far beyond simple in its ability to impress the senses.  I think the aspect of Gigapans that generates the excitement and gets your “Idea Mill” into gear, is the fact that the ability to zoom in on any segment of the full panarama would otherwise only be possible if the viewer were wielding a telescope!

My first experience with a computer was in the Navy in 1959, where the computer filled a room the size of a typical classrom.  As a programmer, I’ve watched the technology grow in power and storage capability over the years.  Perhaps this is why watching a small desktop computer “stitching” billions of pieces of a puzzle together in a reasonable period of time, makes ME smile!

–Jim Fox