If you wonder who was at Donald Trump’s recent inauguration, here’s something to satisfy your curiosity. CNN takes you there with a single image, as they have published a gigapixel photo of the event. Since gigapixel technology has taken off in the past couple of years, it was probably expected. So, now you can finally see it and check out every detail of the event.
Due to user error, I photographed a sequence of photos where the Spectrum’s movement was out of sync with the camera shutter – resulting in the Spectrum moving to the next image in the sequence while the shutter was open.
This resulted in images that have a cool double exposure effect – and its got me thinking about a whole bunch of other ways to intentionally re-create this effect with the Spectrum…
Gigapixel images have taken off like crazy over the last couple of years. With devices like the Gigapan and similar products becoming so readily available and the massive increase in sensor resolution lately, they’re becoming easier and easier to create.
While typically used to document sporting or political events, or to show off an entire city, this is the first time I’ve seen the technique used in advertising. Here it’s being used to promote the Bentley Mulsanne EWB.
Google, the company that wants to catalogue and index the entire planet has expanded its view into the world of fine art paintings from the lights of Monet and Van Gogh with their new Gigapixel Art Camera.
More akin to a large format scanning back than the sensor inside your DSLR, this camera certainly isn’t intended for shooting selfies.
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.
This time last year we wrote about the mind-blowing 8-terapixel 360-degree interactive virtual tour of Dubai, simply called Dubai360.
Celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the incredible project, Gerald Donovan has updated his famous Burj Khalifa pinnacle shot. The new image, and largest ever taken in Dubai, is 45 gigapixels in size and offers improved visibility.
Actually, this image of the Milky Way is so big that it had to be broken down into 268 sections, each photographed over a period of a several days and composed into a single image. Those 268 sections were then combined into an enormous 194 Gigabyte file which contains several “layers” of information. This interactive tool can be accessed here.
Photographic technology keeps getting better and better while society keeps getting dumber and dumber. But, perhaps we’ll hash out some of those specifics at a later date and time.
That being said, the new influx of giant gigapixel images is fascinating, whether it’s exploring nature or cities. Now these images are being brought onto a more personal level, complete with the capabilities to tag yourself and friends in these massive images. Blakeway Gigapixel, purveyors of giant, 360-degree panoramic photos, is pushing their new service of creating “exciting interactive social media engagements within a huge multi-gigapixel image,” and despite the blatant commercialization undertones, it’s still pretty cool.
We all know Google Earth as a great tool to get a feel for a distant location with its satellite and Street View maps. Now imagine Google Earth after a massive dose of epic combined with state-of-the-art technology, and the result is the most brilliant virtual tour ever created.
Dubai 360 is the first virtual city tour to exclusively use interactive 360 degree content, including gigapixel panoramas, time lapses and video. That’s right, all in a fully interactive 360 degree view!
Gigapixel panoramas are getting more common now, yet, some have a bit of a twist on the usual amazing site-seeing extravaganza.
The team at Microsoft set out to show the stitching Kong-fu of Photosynth and created this ~20,000,000,000 pixel photo was made up from 2,368 individual photos taken with 600mm and 400mm canon lenses mounted on a Gigapan head.
In a similar way to the biggest where is waldo project we shared a while back, the team at Microsoft planted individual artists all throughout the image, making it a fun (yet challenging) find-the-artist-treasure-hunt. Unlike the where is waldo project, the artists were captured over the course of few weeks at six individual shootings. [Read more…]