An iPad for an idea
We’re all about Big Prints at SmugMug’s HQ, like this 60-foot gigapixel skyline of SF:
That one had to be dark because it’s in an entertainment room where we watch movies. Here’s a lighter big print in our conference room:
The tragedy is we have a massive stairwell looking empty and sad. Sad because it doesn’t have the gigapixel wrap-around floor-to-ceiling (150 inches) breathtaking shot it deserves. Even the dog looks sad:
All you have to do to get us to send you an iPad is come up with a scene that would make the hallway awesome. The person who comes up with the idea that excites us most gets the iPad.
There are a few constraints. One is we’d love a light scene, like maybe colorful fishies near the surface in the great barrier reef.
Another is we have to be able to shoot it or commission some talented photographer to shoot it. So Saturn’s rings are out. I dunno, does someone know how to shoot a gigapixel image underwater and stitch it? Sounds hard.
Our bias is that big photos should let you see fascinating details that you can’t see in small ones. We have a 144-inch print of Milan Cathedral that gets people to stare in wonder because they can see details they can’t even see by traveling to Milan.
Robert Scoble made a video of our large prints.
We’re pretty geeky, so we like aerospace museums. Is there one full of coolio planes that would allow us (you?) to shoot for a print that large? We like exotic car collections, too…
Keep in mind that the viewing distance will be very close. People aren’t standing back, they’re walking two feet away as they climb the stairs. They demand awesome detail.
We’ll be watching the comments like hawks and can’t wait to send an iPad to someone!
All the best,
Chris MacAskill (@baldy on Twitter)