Gigapixels are a great way of experiencing a place remotely or reliving a moment, and the Super Bowl is the perfect venue for this awesome photographic technique.
James Blakeway of Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas was lucky enough to be able to create one of these massive images before the Denver Broncos took on the Carolina Panthers, offering a chance to feel what it’s like to be on the grass.
James told DIYP that the gigapixel consists of hundreds of photos, though only five minutes were needed to capture them all. “It would have been less than three minutes if done from center field without a lot of people around,” he added, “but being a game of this caliber the NFL did not have an opportunity to squeeze us in anywhere else”.
No need to worry about James having too much spare time on his hands, though, as stitching all those photos into one image took no less than 14 hours.
While he preferred not to endorse any manufacturer by disclosing what gear was used to create this Gigapixel, James did tell us that this 26-billion pixel image has a file size of 16.7GB.
To give you an idea of what detail the image offers, here’s a close up on a bunch of people reading DIYP on their smartphones: (or not, who knows?)
We’ve seen much larger gigapixels, such as this one of Mont Blanc, but obviously the purpose of these images differs greatly. Unlike the more artistic Mont Blanc, the Super Bowl is an interactive image which allows Facebook-tagging people and adding attendees as friends.
Being an art publisher, though, Blakeway didn’t settle with creating only this free-to-enjoy gigapixel (not to mention a great memento for those who attended the game), and is also offering for sale licensed panoramas from the unforgettable event.
You can purchase a panorama poster for $30 or cough up $100-200 for a framed panorama.
For more gigapixels from the NFL, NHL and other events, visit Blakeway Gigapixel.