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Downtown Durham

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Duke Football


Duke Football


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Duke vs. Pitt


Duke 111, Pitt 67

Duke vs. Pitt


Duke 111, Pitt 67

Duke 111, Pitt 67

26 January 2014

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Duke vs. Virginia


Duke 78, BC 57

Duke vs. Virginia


Duke 78, BC 57

Duke 90, UVA 55

16 January 2014

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Duke vs. Boston College


Duke 78, BC 57

Duke vs. Boston College


Duke 78, BC 57

Duke 78, BC 57

12 January 2014

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Duke vs. Old Dominion


Duke women's basketball vs. Old Dominion

final score, Duke 87, ODU 63

Duke vs. Old Dominion


Duke women's basketball vs. Old Dominion

final score, Duke 87, ODU 63

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Duke vs. Florida State


Duke vs. Florida State


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Duke vs. UNC


Duke vs. UNC


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Duke vs. Miami


16 November 2013
Duke 48, Miami 30

Duke vs. Miami


16 November 2013
Duke 48, Miami 30

Duke fans get ready to celebrate.

Opening Drive.

Anthony Boone rushes for the end zone. 

Duke student section.

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Duke vs. NC State


9 November 2013

Duke 38, NC State 20

Duke vs. NC State


9 November 2013

Duke 38, NC State 20

Duke 38, NC State 20

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Duke vs. Navy


Duke vs. Navy


12 October 2013 Duke 35, Navy 7

QB takes out the ref.

Navy Kickoff

Duke Kickoff

Pass to number 89

Touchdown pass!

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Duke vs. NCCU


Duke vs. NCCU


Bull City Classic
Duke 45, NCCU 0
31 August 2013

Punt return. 

Pass to #5

Kickoff.

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America's Cup


Races of the 34th America's Cup.

America's Cup


Races of the 34th America's Cup.

AWARE 2 camera at the 34th America's Cup, see the Gigapan Blog for a description of our experience. 

Racing past Kiwi Point.

America's Cup Village at Marina Green.

Racing home. 

America's Cup Park. 

Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Racing toward the Golden Gate.

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Duke vs. Purdue WBball


Duke vs. Purdue WBball


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Architecture


Architecture


Duke Gardens

Duke Chapel

Cameron Indoor Stadium

US Capitol Building

Durham Farmer's Market

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Duke Commencement 2013


Duke Commencement 2013




Melinda Gates Commencement Address

End of ceremony

National Anthem

Time to go out and face the real world.

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Durham Bulls


Durham Bulls


Shot taken with the first AWARE prototype

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Asheville


Asheville


Here are three pictures taken the summer of 2013 in Asheville, NC. We came down for an interview at WLOS (check out our blog post), and then back again for the Bele Chere Festival (bottom picture).

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Willmington


Willmington


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People


qG portraits.

People


qG portraits.

Downtown Durham Images


Downtown Durham Images


Interactive Images and the Huffington Post


Interactive Images and the Huffington Post


Every image in the Huffington Post should be interactive.

As the first internet newspaper, the Huffington Post is intensely interactive and visual. In contrast with the largely text-based teasers of a print newspaper, the front page of the Huffington Post is an array of photographic icons and news stories that allow the reader to see many more photographs than are possible in print.

Unfortunately, however, these photographs are often presented at lower resolution than they would be in print, with 1080 or smaller format being common. Such presentation robs the reader of the true power of the image and robs the newspaper of the power to intrigue and draw in readers. 

As an example of the potential for interactive imagery, let's look at images from this recent Huffington Post story. Click on the images below to make them interactive and zoomable. 

U.S. Soccer Tops Turkey In Pre-World Cup Friendly

Huffington Post/Getty Original

Huffington Post/Getty Original

The Huffington Post/Getty image is upsampled by 4x (taking it from just over 1 megapixel to 17 megapixels online) and slightly sharpened in the zoomable version. Another couple examples of the Huffington Post original and the interactive image are below, click on each image to bring it alive. 

Huffington Post/Getty Original

Huffington Post/Getty Original

Huffington Post/Getty Original

Huffington Post/Getty Original

Upsampling is a necessary action to prevent digital display from degrading image quality. The improvement in the quality of the displayed image is shown below. The theory behind it and explanations of the physical necessity are discussed in my book, Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy. In working with the Huffington Post, Aqueti provides an auditable pipeline of image transformations to ensure that, in addition to creating a more engaging and powerful image experience, produces interactive images that are physically accurate and meet or exceed current photojournalism standards. 

Detail from super-resolved image on the left and posted image on the right. No zoom on this one, pretty disappointing right?

Of course, vastly improved interactive image quality is achieved when we have access to the original image file. Even currently available cell phones shoot image at 8-40 megapixel resolution and DSLR's shoot images at up to 40 megapixels. With access to the original jpeg or, better, the original raw file, Aqueti produces stunning zoomable images that can be embedded in the Huffington Post and distributed at low bandwidth over interactive interfaces. 

As an example of what is possible, consider this 72 megapixel interactive version of an 8 megapixel iPhone image, again click to zoom

an iPhone photograph

an iPhone photograph


While results with mobile phones are interesting, much better results are achieved using better cameras. Contrary to the current gloom in news rooms as photography staff is reduced (see last year's story on the Chicago Sun-Times) this is the start of a golden age for professional photojournalism. Demand for and love of images has never been greater. An aggressive  embrace of high-resolution interactive images by the Huffington Post could transform the newspaper into a distinctive and unique place. Interactive images draw users in and keep them on the page a long time. They cannot be downloaded, emailed or reposted without the link to the original story.

The power of very high resolution cameras is illustrated by the 1.5 gigapixel photograph shown below we took of Duke's recent commencement

2014 Duke Class Photo

2014 Duke Class Photo

Aqueti's compact 250 megapixel qG camera allows us to rapidly set up cameras to take such photos at news worthy events. Of course, we can also use our super-resolution and image cloud service to produce interactive images from conventional Canon and Nikon cameras. While Aqueti's gigapixel cameras are obviously unique, it is important to note that our methods for image upsampling and interactive services are also patent pending. Through our software platforms and patents, the Huffington Post could be the exclusive site for interactive news photography. 

As a simple example of the potential for interactive imagery using conventional high performance cameras, one may consider the photo shown below, which was taken with a medium format Hasselblad camera

A zoomable medium format photograph

A zoomable medium format photograph

On a more technical level, the photo shown below, taken with a 16 megapixel Sony Nex 3 mirrorless camera can be used to illustrate the power of Aqueti processing to communicate high resolution interactive imagery with our cameras and with conventional cameras. The detail images below show a region of the resolution chart as represented in the camera's original jpeg and as processed by Aqueti from the camera's raw data. Such processing will enable physically accurate extreme resolution interactive images in the Huffington Post.

A resolution test image, click to zoom

A resolution test image, click to zoom

Detail images showing 50% increase in resolution from processing raw image file for online interactive posting. Also no zoom on this one.

Detail images showing 50% increase in resolution from processing raw image file for online interactive posting. Also no zoom on this one.

As discussed on this page, a revolution is coming in the use of photography in online news. Simple interactive zoom is the start of the revolution, extensions like 3D and refocusable images, dynamic tone and range mapping and motion sequences will follow. Aqueti can help establish the Huffington Post as the definitive internet newspaper by putting you at the head of this revolution.

We specifically propose a pilot project to (1) take images for the Huffington Post of news worthy events using our cameras and (2) help the Huffington Post embed powerful interactive images taken with our cameras and with conventional cameras. 

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Can you find the bear?

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7 December 2014

1.25 gigapixel snapshot captured with an Aware 10 camera.

Duke 7, Eventual National Champion Florida State 45

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samsung


Here is a selfie shot with a Samsung Galaxy S5