Monday, March 18, 2013

The World's Largest Panoramic Photograph

DPMag Published in Blog
The World's Largest Panoramic Photograph

Ever seen the largest panoramic photo in the world? As of 2013, the record belongs to a 320-gigapixel photo of London. I adore these gigapixel panos of the world's cities, and I'll never miss a chance to sink my teeth into one and go exploring for an hour. I think I must be a bit of a voyeur, because anytime someone posts a photo like this, I find myself spending several minutes navigating the city in close-up detail. Sure, the possibility of finding a sunbather on a rooftop is titillating, but more than that I'm interested in the mundane bits of life that gigapixel city panoramas reveal—like a cup of tea cooling in a window, or a mother lifting her child out of her carriage. I love catching a glimpse of the world's citizens going about their day unaware. It's fascinating, and that—more than the image quality, stitching issues or HDR-style processing—is what interests me about an image like this. So thank you to the diligent photographers who spent three days creating this great photograph. World record or not, I love this kind of thing.
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