Photography at the Inauguration

A couple interesting photography notes from the Inauguration today:

Mashable has a nice piece on the coming of age of Microsoft’s Photosynth, as it was featured on CNN.

Additionally, Stephen Shankland over at Cnet has shows off satellite images of the Capitol Building and the crowd of onlookers.

I know there is a ton of other photography-related snippets in and around the Inauguration (man, I hate typing that word – it’s hard), but I found these two particularly noteworthy.  It’s always interesting for me to see how photography help makes the world go round.

Have you seen anything else related to photography that sticks out from the crowd?

Were you at the Inauguration?  Care to share some links to your photos in the comments, or put’em up in the forum?

NASA Orders 76 Nikon D2Xs Cameras

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Seriously:

The NASA order specifically comprises of 76 D2XS digital SLR cameras, 39 NIKKOR Lenses (in two types), 64 Speedlight flashes, batteries and other accessories which will support both flight and training requirements. Except a change to NASA-specified lubricants, the D2XS models to be used for EVA are almost identical to those commercially available on the market. The D2XS models will undergo stringent NASA testing before they are qualified to be manifested for a particular mission. (read more of Nikon’s press release)

Maybe the Nikon D3 isn’t coming anytime soon after all? At $4300, the Nikon D2Xs isn’t exactly cheap (well over $300,000 for 76 of’em). Maybe NASA just didn’t want a D3? Your thoughts?