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    An incredible pano - from 1906!

    The detail is impressive even by today's standards... Shot from an air ship.

    http://www.sfgate.com/maps/1906quake/

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    Re: An incredible pano - from 1906!

    There was nothing shabby about the photographic technology of 1906. Lenses and films may have been more limited than today's in their capabilities, but used within their limits they produced impressive results. (And back then, such things as 10-inch-wide panoramic film were readily available; hard to find today.)

    In the face of photo marketing's constant emphasis on "the latest technology," it's often interesting to remember that the fundamental principles of optical design were fully understood in the 19th century, and the fundamental principles behind digital imaging were completely worked out by the late 1940s. Most of today's improvements are simply those of manufacturing technology catching up to theory; we're all standing on the shoulders of giants.

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    Re: An incredible pano - from 1906!

    Very impressive.

    My not so secret hope is that someone will discover one of my panos long after I'm gone...

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    Re: An incredible pano - from 1906!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger 9 View Post

    ... the fundamental principles behind digital imaging were completely worked out by the late 1940s.

    Then why is so dang hard for me to get it right?

    I've been going through this Netflix film noir thing -- watched a couple movies made in SF in the 40's and 50's. Cool.

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