Months of planning, 567 images stitched into a single panorama and a 14.6 gigabyte image results in a breathtaking view of New York City from the top of the Freedom Tower. Deemed as one the tallest skyscrapers in the US, the new Freedom Tower is about one year out from completion.
With hundred of images taken over the span of hours, TIME partnered up with Portland-based software company GigaPan to create one incredible 360-degree image that allows users to zoom and pan with staggering depths and clarity.
After months spent trying to gain access, countless bar-napkin sketches and meetings with mechanical engineers and welders, a 13 foot long aluminum jib was constructed. The jib was calibrated to attach to the base of the beacon at the top of the Freedom Tower. Over the span of 5 hours on September 28, 2013, 567 images were produced using a Canon 5D Mark II and a 100mm lens.
Jonathan D. Woods, the mastermind behind the project, was inspired by an image by Joe McNally. He wanted to create a photograph that would symbolize "the rebirth and healing of Lower Manhattan."
This image is powerful. It is a reminder of all that we have lost but it also reminds us of how strong we are as a nation.