In the spring of 2009, a team of Factum Arte composed of Adam Lowe, myself, Pedro Miro, Naoko Fukumaru, Alicia Guiaro and Piers Wardle travelled for two month to Luxor, Egypt, to record the walls of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings for the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Pedro Miro had scanned the walls in 3D using structured white light technology while Piers Wardle and myself had scanned some parts of the wall with a 3D laser scanner and photographed the entire tomb walls at a resolution of 400dpi. Naoko Fukumaru, as an experienced conservator, was responsible for assessing the condition of the tomb while we worked and record manually thousands of samples of colour from the walls. Alicia Guirao was documenting our work in photographs and videos.
We left Luxor with a lot of raw data. Pedro Miro then processed the 3D data and I was responsible for the processing and stitching of all the photographic data to produce image files for the walls. A team of 4 people worked under my supervision to produce these files. I then prepared this high resolution image viewer so the result of this work can be easily seen and browsed.
The data was also used to produce an amazing fac-simile of the tomb that is due to be installed at the entrance of the Valley of the Kings in the next few weeks after spending 2 days in Cairo. More new about that very soon.
In the fall of 2009, with Piers Wardle, Naoko Fukumaru and Adam Lowe, I recorded the three Caravaggio paintings depicting the life of San Matteo (Saint Matthew) in the church of San Luigi die Francesi (Saint Louis des Français), in Roma, Italia. We worked every night for nearly 4 weeks using a matrix parallel system made of a vertical linear guide that was standing on rails along the bottom of the paintings on the floor. We shot dozens columns of dozens of photographs to cover the entire surface of all the paintings. The resulting data was later stitched together to produce three multi-gigapixel files that were used to produce three far-similes for the town of Caravaggio, in 2010.
Using the link below it is possible to access online high resolution image browsers of this data, produced by myself for Factum Arte.
A few months ago I recorded in one night two frescoes by Giovanni da Módena in the cathedral San Petronio in Bologna (Bolonia), Italy.
The recording was made by myself and Gabriel Scarpa for Factum Arte.
We used two Clauss Panoramic robot heads, one for a Canon 7D coupled with a 600mm lens and the other for an Elinchrom 1/1000 s flash head.
I processed the files at 400dpi 1/1 in PTGui Pro resulting in files of approximately 80000×90000 pixels so 7 Gigapixels, at 16 bits.