August 10th, 2005, 03:45 AM
Graham Flint and Catherine Aves are not your average photographers. The two are currently traveling across the country creating a photographic record of landscapes using cameras that Flint invented, which take pictures at 1,000-megapixel resolution—many times what a digital camera can snap. The husband-and-wife team has dubbed their effort the Gigapxl Project.
Flint's cameras-on-steroids took shape after years of work in the imaging business, when he decided he wanted to venture into uncharted photographic territory. He settled on the idea of producing panoramic landscape pictures that contain prodigious amounts of information, and set a goal of taking pictures with 1,000MP resolution. The cameras he invented are based on his experience building parts of the Hubble telescope and spy cameras. They are not digital but film-based, although the pictures are subsequently digitized with high-resolution scanners. One camera weighs 100 pounds and uses supersize Kodak film designed for NASA.
Many of the photographs the pair takes are as large as murals. The pictures capture so much detail that looking at them conjures up digital photography's future.
That's a lot of resolution. It's not very portable at 100 pounds LOL