The Inauguration and Photosynth

Capturing the Moment 01.20.2009 – 12pm ET

Photosynth "The Moment" on CNN


by Jeff Greene /




Update 1.20.09: View The Moment” Photosynth here.




The Microsoft Photosynth team is partnering with CNN to gather thousands of  photographs from inauguration photographers, attendees, and guests in an attempt to create a Photosynth of the moment when Barack Obama takes the Oath of Office and is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.


Images will range from wide angle photos of the massive crowd expected to witness the event, to close-ups of President Obamas’ hand upon the Bible. Every angle taken of this historic occasion and uploaded to the CNN “The Moment site will be included and presented as a single Photosynth, an immersive and interactive 3-D panorama.


CNN photographers will be strategically placed around the Inauguration site to capture all of the detailed shots necessary for a successful ‘synth’. In addition, attendees and guests may contribute their own photos from their cameras or cell phones to further enhance the ‘synth’ by adding hundreds of unique angles and perspectives not captured by the pros.


How to Participate

Camera Phone. Take a single photo of the moment when Barack Obama raises his hand to take the Oath of Office, and email it as soon as you can to .  Be sure to include a portion of the Capitol building in the shot  so it will merge with the other images and help reconstruct the environment.


Digital Camera. Take three photos (wide-angle, mid-range, zoom) of Barack Obama while he is being sworn in. Email the JPEGs ASAP to .  Include your name in the email to be listed on the CNN website as a contributor. 10MB maximum size in size per email.

Information about “The Moment” Photosynth:

CNN “The Moment”

Photosynth Blog


Contribute photos of “The Moment”



January 20, 2009   11:59:40 ET

"I ,Barack Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect,

and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God…"

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