Check out the beautiful VE imagery of Niagara Falls, I ran across it on the VE blog...especially check out the interactive 3D version...you can even image using this to go "over the falls in barrel".

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To appreciate this beautiful image of Niagara Falls we don't need to be aware of the image processing that went into creating it:

  1. UltraCam is flown and captures the imagery with a prescribed set of overlap
  2. Pre ortho processing - ingest formatting, pan-sharpening (mutispectral brought to panchromatic resolution), radiometric normalization (images brought to similar spectral range)
  3. Orthorectification (surface and camera distortions removed from imagery and images are geographically referenced to a coordinate system)
  4. Orthomosaic (individual ortho images seamed and color balanced together)
  5. Final radiometric look up table (final spectral adjustment applied to entire mosaic)

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Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)