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.
From their site dresden-26-gigapixels.com: “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 dresden-26-gigapixels.com which includes more details on the process, the computer they used etc.
Original source (as far as I can tell) is photoradar.com
(Photo credit: snap from the website)