Does anyone know if there is a portside mosaic of the stern, and where to find it? (Potential link please)I was wondering if anyone has a high resolution version of this mapping anywhere? I know the scan has a very ugly color to it but it would be interesting to see it up close, i have been unable to find anything on it outside of a old ebay auction, a low resolution version from the archive.org and in the answers from the abyss doc
I worked for Paul Matthias, and did most of the work on the photomosaic myself. At least, stitching the images together. I worked with what I had available to me, and had no reference material to determine how big each item was. Just the photos. The colorizing was done by someone else. What I had was basically b&w, with just touches of color here and there. I am talking only about the bow and stern sections, not the side views or debris field. I was using a windows computer, and thousands of photos. We tried using a team of people who would each work on a section, but I found that they were all different proportions and stitching them together was pretty nearly impossible. So I had to start over and do them all myself. Paul Matthias did all of the leg work and preliminary work before I got the pics. He went down to the wreck and did an amazing job of coordination and compilation. For anyone to call it a "turd" has no idea what was involved in trying to put together an image at such an early stage of the entire project. Especially with the computing power we had to work with. The mosaic gave people a first look at what the two sections looked like and allowed some analysis to begin. Imaging technology has come a long way since then. I daresay that, if I had the technology that is available today to work with then, it would have looked much more clear. As far as the stern, it was a jumble of twisted metal and wreckage. it was impossible to discern what exactly was there from the resolution of the photos. So I connected them in order, as they were. If the proportions were not correct, it's because of the perspective of the photos that were supplied. The dang thing is 2.5 miles down, and was photographed using tethered ROV's, going on transects up and down the wreckage with downward looking cameras and lights. Understand that no images were altered. Each photo appears there in the mosaic exactly as it came from the cameras. If something is not clear, that is how it appeared in the picture. So if someone, sitting on their couch today wants to criticize, I suggest you try doing it yourself with the same things we had to work with. I doubt you would do any better.Anyone know if Ballard sought to compile a stern section mosaic?
To date the only stern section mosaic I have seen was the 98' mosaic of bow and stern sections, done by Paul Mathias.
What do you all think of the 1998 mosaic?