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April 6th, 2010 - Program Night with Max Lyons
Please join us for a "one of a kind" April Program on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30 pm, with speaker Max Lyons, who specializes in panoramic and high-resolution imaging.  Max just might have been the first photographer to create a "gigapixel" (1000 megapixel) photographic image.  Max will discuss how these high resolution images are created, and he'll also discuss some of the practicalities of taking this type of image, including equipment, technique, and presentation.  Max will also discuss several software programs of interest to digital imaging enthusiasts, including PTAssembler (http://www.tawbaware.com/ptasmblr.htm), which is one of the most advanced panoramic image creation programs currently available (and was a program that he wrote himself).  Max will also have some of his high resolution prints available to display at our Program.  He and his wife will be our guests for dinner at Chili's prior to the meeting, so if you're interested in joining us for dinner, please rsvp to mary.m.o'neill@gsk.com by Sunday evening, April 4.  Please see attached bio for additional information about Max.  His images can be seen on the following websites:  http://www.tawbaware.com/maxlyons/  www.maxlyons.net and you may gain additional insights from Max's artists statement: http://www.maxlyons.net/statement.htm


Max Lyons was born in Belgium and grew up in England and the United States. After completing graduate studies in Economics, Lyons worked briefly in Washington as a policy analyst before becoming interested in both photography and technology. 

Lyons' interest in creating photographs started in the mid 1990s with the advent of consumer-level digital photography. He was inspired by the freedom to experiment that this new technology allowed, and developed interests in both architectural and landscape photography. 
By 2000, Lyons was becoming intrigued by the visual impact provided by very large photographic prints. He was influenced by the large format works of film photographers such as Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth...two artists pushing the limits of large format photography. However, Lyons was also becoming frustrated with a serious limitation of digital photography -- its relatively low resolution, and inability to capture sharp, detailed, large images. 
In early 2001, Lyons stumbled upon an innovative solution to the limited resolution of digital cameras, in the form of "stitched" images -- composite images created by joining together multiple images. Lyons realized that this technique could be used to create photographs with much greater clarity than any single digital or film image. Lyons embarked on a multi-year, and ongoing, effort to create a portfolio of incredibly detailed, high resolution images, the results of which will be discussed during his presentation

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