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On top of the world: A panorama from the new WTC


TimeTopOfAmericaPhotograph by Jonathan D. Woods and Michael Franz for Time magazine; stitching: Gavin D. Farrell; compositing: Meghan P. Farrell; color: Claudio Palmisano/10b

Acrophobics look away.

Time magazine has gone to the top of the steel-and-glass symbol of freedom — the 1,776-foot high 1 World Trade Center — to make an interactive 360-degree image.

“You can see the whole world up there,” says Jonathan D. Woods, Time’s senior editor for photography and interactive.

How did they do it?

“An eight-month process of design and construction resulted in a 13-ft.-long aluminum jib calibrated to adhere to the base of the beacon at the top of the tower’s 408-ft. spire,” according to Richard Lacayo in Time.  “To that rotating arm was attached a Canon 5D Mark II with a 100-mm lens. Over a five-hour span of orbital shooting on Sept. 28, 2013, the camera produced 567 pictures that were then stitched together digitally into a single massive—and zoomable—image of everything the eye can see in all directions.”

You can play with the panorama here.

Read Time’s article on The Top of America here.

Watch a video  of how they took the picture here.

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