Massive multi-gigapixel images are starting to become a little more common now, with today’s computing power being what it is. But they still rarely fail to impress. Especially when they cover vast distances and include a lot of detail to zoom in on. This massive 195-Gigapixel image comes from Shanghai, shot from the top of Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower.
“Gigapixel” and “Timelapse” aren’t phrases one often hears together. Both, individually, require massive amounts of storage to do well. When combined, things start to get a bit ridiculous. It’s been done before, though, at least as early as 2010, when Carnegie Mellon University’s CreateLAB made this.
Now, UK contact lens retailer Lens Store has teamed up with Nikon, Canary Wharf Group and photographer Henry Stuart to produce 24 Hour London, a 7.3 Gigapixel “timelapse” covering a 24 hour period over the city of London. The use of the word timelapse is a bit debatable here, but it’s definitely pretty cool.
Motion control has so many applications for both photographers as well as filmmakers. From creating 360° stitched stills with your DSLR to moving timelapse and video sequences. There are a lot of complete solutions out there for this, and there are also many plans out there for completely scratch built DIY projects. But there’s very little that sits in between.
PINE aims to change that. It’s not a complete motion control system, it’s just the controller. It lets you control up to four motors from a single unit, and you can chain multiple units together. And it will let you do this wirelessly using a mobile app on your phone. PINE is currently being funded through Kickstarter,
Gigapixel images are something we mainly see at political events or sports games. But Bentley Motors has raised the bar of advertising and used this technique to show off their Bentley Flying Spur W12 S.
Their new gigapixel photo is set in Dubai, and it allows you to explore the magnificent scene to spot their latest model of the car. But you can examine the picture further and check out what else is there, and it’s quite amusing.
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…
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.