World’s largest photograph taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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We found this posted this morning by @_photoradar on twitter – this series of 1665 photos taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was stitched together to create the world's largest photograph weighing in at 26 gigapixels. The process of creating the image is a very interesting story in itself! Once you start looking at the image and panning around, you start to wonder how in the world they created it – especially considering the time it took and how they wanted to capture the whole thing as quickly as possible so that they'd have much of the same lighting throughout the photo. Tho it still took almost 3 hours to capture.

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From their site “The picture was made with the Canon 5D mark II and a 400mm-lens. It consists of 1665 full format pictures with 21.4 megapixel, which was recorded by a photo-robot in 172 minutes. The converting of 102 GB raw data by a computer with a main memory cache of 48 GB and 16 processors took 94 hours. With a resolution of 297.500 x 87.500 pixel (26 gigapixel) the picture is the largest in the world. (stand December 2009)”

They created a video to go along with the project which in itself is very interesting…

So, you can read more about the project on their site which includes more details on the process, the computer they used etc.

Original source (as far as I can tell) is

(Photo credit: snap from the website)

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  1. 13 gigapixels of nothing, nothing but detail-less sky. Strange what gets news and what doesn’t these days.

    The act of pixel gazing and the diseased giddiness of new equipment now outweighs the soul and speech of photographic art.

  2. I credited this photographer with producing this photo and its any awesome effort. The photo is also well shot. Amazing job.

    However at the same time thats the draw back to this photo. The scene itself is much to be desired. With an undertaking this great and the results turning out as they did, it has me more wishing I was looking at something totally different. Its just not an exciting view. I mean my first thought when I zoomed in to an object was cool but then quickly I said to myself wow its sad that there isn’t more going on because I want to see more, then I realized how uneventful this location is. I was like if this was in a major city this photo would be sick. Great effort and I credit your hard work I would really love to see the picture of a better place though it would really be mindblowing.

  3. I’d have to agree with you John….. Could have been something more interesting… maybe even of the night sky or something…. but that’s already been done 😀

  4. Did mankind really need to do this?

    What good has it done for the worlds poor and hungry?

    What legacy does it leave to future generations?

    How does it progress art and the understanding of the human experience?


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