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The Infamous HAL 9000 Was Built Around a Nikkor 8mm f/8 Fisheye Lens

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Here’s an interesting bit of photography/movie trivia that surfaced recently. Remember the infamous HAL 9000? HAL 9000 was the AI villain from Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey series, and the main bad guy in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Instantly recognizable by his eerily calm voice and red, all-seeing eye (not to mention his penchant for killing crew members when they became troublesome), HAL 9000 is listed as the 13th greatest film villain in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes & Villains. But did you know that HAL 9000′s all-seeing eye was actually a Nikkor 8mm f/8 fisheye lens? Read more…

Gigapixel Photos of Famous Paintings

We’ve featured quite a few gigapixel photo projects here on PetaPixel, but this one’s a bit different. HAL9000 is a project out of Italy that takes famous paintings and shoots gigapixel photographs of them, allowing you to get up close and personal with the masterpieces through a special online viewer.
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