Zoomify: London’s (North?) East End From Downtown

Crop of the panoramic, taken from the Delta in London, Ontario, June 24, 2013
Crop of the panoramic, taken from the Delta in London, Ontario, June 24, 2013

Taking another whack at this Zoomify/Leaflet thing after my post yesterday of London from the air in 1965.

I shot this panoramic back on June 24, 2013 from a window of the Delta Armouries in Downtown London.

It’s made up of about 17 photos, all taken at 135 mm zoom with a Nikon D40x. Stitched together with Autopano, the photo is about 33,086 pixels wide by 3,529 pixels high. The jpg alone is about 60 megs, while the unedited tiff came in at just over 1.5 gigs (yikes..)

I’ve had it up on Flickr for a while, but you can’t really see any of the detail in it because of the zoom limitations on that website. (In order for people to actually zoom in and see any detail, I would have to disable the setting that prevents people on the web from seeing the full-res versions of all my uploaded photos.)

Here, however, thanks to the magic of image tiling via Zoomify and Leaflet, you can zoom in and see all the detail, and I don’t have to worry about people having the full-res photo. (You may be thinking I’m going a bit over the top, but it’s not uncommon for people’s photos to be snatched off the web and made into prints, iPhone cases, calendars, or used on websites without permission and attribution.)

Anywhoo, below is a zoomable look at portions of London’s east end, and northeast. A bigger version can be found here.

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Zoomify: London, Ontario in 1965


If you’ve ever wondered what London, Ontario looked like from above in 1965, well you can wonder no more.

Similar to the composite of 1922 London aerial photos I stitched together in 2013, this one is made up of 21-or-so aerial photos taken in 1965 by Hunting Survey Corp. The photos currently reside at the Map and Data Centre in Western Libraries at Western University.

Some of the streets may not line up perfectly, as I used Autopano to automatically stitch the separate images together (it did a great job though!)

The view you see here is all that the surveying covered. Some areas of the city missing include Clarke Road, and areas around the 401, among some others.

Below is a zoomable version of the composite. You can find a larger zoomable version here.

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The Infamous Ford Shot..

..was just one photo of a few, taken by Toronto Star photog Lucas Oleniuk on June 21, 2013.

The byline:

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford held a press conference at City Hall Friday afternoon in response to possible provincial funding cuts to the city.

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