Largest Gigapixel photo ever

Posted by: NucleusG4

Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/24/13 04:23 PM

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A 320-gigapixel image taken from top of London's BT Tower has set the world record of the largest panoramic photo. It breaks the previous record set by a 281-gigapixel electron micrograph of a zebrafish embryo taken in 2012. The London image was shot by panorama specialists 360 Cities and is made up of 48,640 individual frames. To get an idea of just how large this photograph is, BT says if it was printed at 'normal resolution' the photo would measure measure 98 x 24 metres.

The photo was taken with four Canon EOS 7D cameras and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses plus Extender EF 2x III teleconverters. The cameras were mounted on Rodeon VR Head ST robotic panorama heads. The team took three days to shoot the individual photos and three months to process the final image.


OK.. I have seen plenty of these... but this one blows me away. Pick a spot on photo and zoom in... be sure to zoom ALL the way in because at the very end of the zoom it actually jumps to full res and then zooms even more....and it's awesome. I zoomed in a building about a mile away and could see the stains on the concrete sides.


http://btlondon2012.co.uk/pano.html

OK.. Check it out. I dropped a marker on this guys head that is waving..... zoom out fully from that.

http://bit.ly/ZCGkoj
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/24/13 05:01 PM

That is too cool.

The voyeur in me I guess did a zoom on a window, the first one I tried was an iMac!

I wonder what other stuff is in those windows? blush
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/24/13 05:21 PM

I saw one window with about a dozen liquor bottles all lined up. But this is what caught my eye.

Posted by: DLC

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/24/13 07:17 PM

Just think every 2-5 years, capacities grow ~1000 fold ---

In < 10 years we'll have petapixel sized photos....

and we can store them in the petafiles !! whistle
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/24/13 07:30 PM

Incredible.. I mean.. I zoom out from the guy waving and he fades into the distance.. and I can barely even see the quite large building he was standing on...!!
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/24/13 07:38 PM

That's the dome of St. Paul's that is.
Posted by: carp

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/24/13 07:47 PM

Holy Cow - what a cluster fuuck laugh I guess the same for any American city?

Those FedEx and UPS guys must have a great time there laugh
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/24/13 08:10 PM

Originally Posted By: yoyo52
That's the dome of St. Paul's that is.


Cool! Didn't know that.. thanks!
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/24/13 08:17 PM

This womans face fills the frame...
But you can't even see here when pulled back.. amazing.

http://bit.ly/XVwbMH
Posted by: steveg

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/25/13 03:38 AM

Giga-cool
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/25/13 03:41 AM

Nope.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigapixel_image
whistle
Posted by: steveg

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/25/13 04:13 AM

confused Gig-Mercurial? confused
Posted by: Stumpy1

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/25/13 04:32 AM

Very nice! smile
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/25/13 06:20 AM

There's a "Buzby" chicken-costumed dude on there. If you can find him, you can enter to win a whole year's worth of free broadband service, and iPad, and a free trip up to the top of the BT tower. I found the critter, but don't know how to get the link to that specific image. So good luck, and may God bless. smile

edit: in case you think I'm having a nightmare, here's proof.

Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Largest Gigapixel photo ever - 02/25/13 07:05 AM

If you want to really fly around the city without the hassle of mousing... use the arrow keys to navigate and the Shift and Command to zoom.

Here's the guys shooting it.


http://3.static.img-dpreview.com/files/news/7683341128/BTT_Gigapan-6481.jpg?v=1956

Working over a period of three chilly days in 2012, the 360Cities team spent hours on the 29th floor outdoor platform of the BT Tower working with four cameras to record the 48,640 images comprising the panorama.
Four Canon EOS 7D cameras with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses and Extender EF 2x III teleconverters were mounted on Clauss company Rodeon VR Head ST robotic panorama heads and positioned in four secure locations around the 29th floor platform.
The Clauss company robotic panorama heads are capable of 72,000 steps in a single 360 degree arc, and in this case were set to fire four frames a second.
Laptops monitored a live preview of the progress of the shoot, which was accomplished in the teeth of sub-freezing temperatures and occasional 50 mph winds high above London.
The 360Cities photography team of Jeffrey Martin, Tom Mills and Holger Schulze ensured that not a single individual frame from the more than 48,000 planned was missed.
The raw images were then processed over a multi-week period using Fujitsu Technology Solutions’ Celsius R920 workstation with 256GB of RAM and 16 cores at 3.1GHz, and Autopano Giga panorama stitching software from Kolor.
The resulting online interactive version of the photo is presented in multi-layered, tiled resolution that permits zooming in to view extreme details, and is composed of millions of individual image tiles.