GigaPanning Geology – Fine Gigapixel Conference Retrospective

Longtime readers will know I’ve been very involved with the GigaPan project for a couple of years now. I’ve been a Fine Science Fellow since the beginning of my involvement with GigaPanning in the Fall of 2007, and I’ve previously helped to train new Fine Science Fellows on the GigaPan at workshops at in Estes Park, CO (May 2008) and Pittsburgh, PA (May 2009). A bit over a month ago I had the opportunity to serve as a workshop co-chair for the first Fine International Conference on Gigapixel Imaging for Science, also held in Pittsburgh. Since returning I’ve been a bit too wrapped up in teaching to blog about it, but grades were submitted at noon today, so I’m finally free to catch up on some of the blogging that I’ve been putting off for far too long.

I won’t burden you with a full rundown of the conference, but if you’re interested you can find more information at the full conference website or perhaps you’d prefer to peruse the abstracts of the submitted papers. In addition to co-chairing the workshops with fellow Fine Fellow Richard Palmer, I presented or co-presented two formal workshops and one informal one. I’m embedding below the YouTube video of my workshop entitled “GigaPanning Geology” below. You can also see what I had to say about creating Anaglyph (3D) GigaPans on another YouTube video. And there are even more conference videos here.

One of the great things about this conference for me was the number of new geologists who are getting involved in GigaPanning. Callan Bentley, who blogs at Mountain Beltway, attended this conference as a brand new Fine Science Fellow, meaning he got a brand new GigaPan robot just a day before the conference. You can find Callan’s GigaPans here. John Van Hoesen, who blogs at Geologic Musings in the Taconic Mountains, already owned his own GigaPan and has been using it for a couple of months. You can see John’s GigaPans here. Finally, Laura Guertin didn’t own a GigaPan at the time (she does now) but she was interested in seeing how she might use one for geology. The four of us got together during a break between talks to record a brief (13 minute) podcast about what we all hoped to do to apply GigaPan technology to geology. Have a listen!

This is by no means the last you’ll hear from me about GigaPanning Geology. It’s going to come up again in short order at the upcoming GSA Penrose Conference “Google Earth: Visualizing the Possibilities for Geoscience Education and Research”. But for now I’ll leave you with a GigaPan of Pittsburgh, PA from Mount Washington that I shot while at the Conference. If you’ve got red/blue anaglyph glasses you can also see this one in 3D!


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