Up until recently, a 320 gigapixel photo of London as the subject of the world’s largest panoramic photo. It was taken from the BT Tower, not too long ago in 2013. But, the title has now been claimed by Mont Blanc–the highest mountain in Europe– and was taken by Italian photographer, Filippo Blengini, and his team. The Mont Blanc photo weighs in at 365 gigapixels.
In the screencap of the interactive panoramic (check that out on in2white.com), you’ll notice all the red circles which help you navigate to points of interest such as an eagle, mountain climbers, and a construction site of a multi-million Euro cable car project. Things that seem to disappear into the distance when the pano is looked at completely zoomed out.
To capture the massive photo, the Blengini crew carried in their a Canon 70D DSLR, Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 II IS, a Canon Extender 2X III, and robotic tripod mount into the mountainside, where they spent two weeks battling sub-freezing temperatures at 11,500 feet elevation. Racking up a total of 35 hours of shooting time, the team captured over 70,000 photos totaling an impressive 46 terabytes of data. Because of the sheer amount of photos needed to be stitched together, post production took another two months to complete.