(glacierworks.org) A great 3.8 Billion Gigapixel Pixel Tour Of Mount Everest from 2012 is still very popular. Founded by acclaimed mountaineer, photographer, and filmmaker David Breashears, GlacierWorks is a non-profit organization that vividly illustrates the changes to Himalayan glaciers through art, science, and adventure. Since 2007, GlacierWorks has undertaken twelve expeditions to document the current state of the glaciers, retracing the steps of pioneering mountain photographers in order to capture new images that precisely match the early photographic records. Over the past five years, they have recorded losses and changes to glaciers that are inaccessible to all but the most skilled climbers.
Gigapixel imagery lies at the heart of the GlacierWorks website and work. A gigapixel is a single, super high-resolution image created from a series of smaller photographs shot in sequence. In the field, our team uses specially designed hardware to capture each frame, as each must overlap the next by a precise amount. We then use software that recognizes the inter-frame overlap and organizes the pictures accordingly. Specialized web-based viewing tools are then used to allow deep zooms and explorations of these massive images.
High-resolution gigapixel photography enables viewers to experience the glaciers as never before: up-close and with extreme precision. Using these online tools, it is possible to soar thousands of feet above a glacier and view it in its entirety or dip down to the ground and explore pebbles in the ice. We believe that this approach will foster a deep understanding of the changes at work in this remote and frozen region.
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