80 gigapixel London panorama breaks city photo record

What you see above is the result of an 80 gigapixel panaormic photo of London. The photo was shot in the summer of 2010 from the top of the Centre Point building.

Using 7886 individual images, the creator turned them into a single image. If you look closely at the right image, you’ll barely make out the London Eye – the image on the left if what you see of the London Eye when you zoom all the way in. This shows just how much detail was captured in the picture.

Go ahead and head on over to the site and spend some time browsing your way through one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Other panorama photos we’ve covered in the past include Prague (18 gigapixels), Paris (26 gigapixels), Dubai (45 gigapixels) and Budapest (70 gigapixels).

[Photo from 360Cities.net / Jeffrey Martin]

Browse 70 gigapixels of panoramic Budapest in the world’s largest photograph

Last year, we showed you an 18 gigapixel photo of Prague, followed by a 26 gigapixel photo of Paris, and a 45 gigapixel photo of Dubai. The world of gigapixel photography has a new winner – a whopping 70 gigapixel photo of Budapest. The photo is claimed to be the largest photo on earth, but of course, at this rate, the record will be broken by the end of summer.

Head on over to the photo site, and use the controls on the left to browse around and zoom in on any location. Under the photo are highlights of the city, which should save you the effort of trying to find things yourself. For the best effect, click the top button on the control bar to move the panorama to full screen mode.

(Thanks Nick!)

View the beauty of Paris in a 26 Gigapixel HD panorama

I’m in love with Paris – ever since my first visit, it has been my absolute favorite destination. Even after close to 60 visits, I never get bored of the atmosphere. Right now, I’m sitting behind my desk enjoying the city in all its splendor, thanks to a 26 Gigapixel panoramic photo.

The panorama was created by Martin Loyer and Arnaud Frich, and involved shooting 2346 individual photos, and combining them into a single image 354159×75570 pixels large. Their site lets you browse around the panorama and zoom in on any portion.

Helpful pointers describe some of the various landmarks, along with their history. On the right hand side, you’ll find a handy set of links to the most popular Parisian monuments.

And finally, in the top right hand corner is a small “HD” button – after installing a Microsoft plugin, you’ll be able to view the panorama in “real” HD quality.

The amount of detail is amazing – it obviously isn’t as nice as actually being there, but it sure is a fun way to spend my morning.

GigaPan Epic 100 panoramic photo maker gets the Engadget hands-on

Back in January, we wrote about an absolutely astounding photo of the Presidential Inauguration. The photo was stiched together from 100’s of individual photos, made with a GigaPan device which controls the camera movements.

Our buddies over at Engadget just took the GigaPan for a spin and made some of their own panoramic photos.

The results are surprisingly good. They had some minor gripes with its weight, but were generally impressed with the unit and its amazing photo stitching software.

So, head on over to Engadget
to check out the GigaPan Epic 100, and the results of their panoramic shooting spree using this $449 robot.

Absolutely breathtaking photo of the Presidential inauguration

By now I’m sure you’ve seen your fair share of photo and video material of the inauguration of our 44th President.

The picture you see above it probably no different from any of the other of 1000’s made that day.

There is however one big difference – it is a whopping 1,474 megapixels. For comparison – your home camera probably shoots in 7 or 8 megapixels.

Of course, a massive photo is useless without some fancy tricks to help view it, so click here to view the original, and use your mouse or keyboard to scroll around or zoom in – you’ll be able to zoom in far enough to see who in the crowds around President Obama was bored, and who was freezing their backside off in the frigid DC weather.

The photo was made by David Bergman with a regular Canon G10 camera, mounted on a Gigapan robotic mount. The final image is built around 220 different photos, and took almost 7 hours to create on his Mac.

If you are feeling creative, and want to make your own panoramic photos, you can buy your own Gigapan robotic mount for just $279.