American Landscapes at the Met



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The American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is under rennovation at the moment, so a small space has been created to temporarily hold the ten or so most famous American landscapes from the Civil War era. There's a stunning intensity of grand vista and small detail in all of these paintings, and Photosynth is the ideal way to explore them if you can't be in New York to see them yourself.

Paintings represented here include Albert Bierstadt, William Bradford, Jasper Cropsey, and Frederic Church.
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Date Created 12/1/2008

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dariusmonsef Over 1 year ago
This is is amazing David... a pretty impressive way to explore the art for those of us who haven't visited the works in person.
madeeds Over 1 year ago
The synther chose a pretty good first frame. Did you figure out how to make that happen?
David-Photosynth-Team Over 1 year ago
The algorithm at the moment for chosing the starting image is to find the most "out"-ward image from the largest coordinate space, so you can make it happen if you want to. Obviously we need to let peopel choose this, but for now it's at least reasonably predictable...
michaeldenis Over 1 year ago
I like this synth. It's easy to access and move between pieces. Moreover, the ability to navigate is greatly aided by the proper level of jumps between wide-, medium-, and close- shots. Hey David, what was your methodology when you shot this synth? I get the sense you tried to minimize the number of places from which you shot to improve motion in the synth-viewing experience. Is this accurate?

How would you remake this synth now?
David-Photosynth-Team Over 1 year ago
Thanks Michael. The reason that this synth feels easier to navigate than most is that it's one very simple open space -- so every spot can be seen from every other spot. Of course I made sure to choose a "scaffold" of wide angle shots to start with e.g this one: . trying to get the same easily understandable navigation about places that aren't quite so openly connected is hard. We're working on making it better!
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