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.