Rob Galbraith just posted this one on his blog. A record breaker in size, it is made from over 2300 individual Canon EOS 5D Mark II images. Don't miss out on the photographer's blog as he describes how it was done as well. They used 2 5D2s to make the shoot go faster as well – only to have one of them fail in mid-process. Some very interesting stuff!
From the Paris site: “Paris 26 Gigapixels is a stitching of 2346 single photos showing a very high-resolution panoramic view of the French capital (354159×75570 px). Dive into the image and visit Paris like never before!
Trying to break a world record is never an easy task and obviously the project we got ourselves into wasnâ€™t easy to carry through. We knew from the start that we would have to shoot over 2000 images. Despite this fact I rapidly brought up that we should be working with RAW files because of the substantial improvement the format would bring to the quality of the final JPG images we would be using for the stitching, and after a short hesitation we decided to take this road. Working with RAW files allowed me, when processing the 2346 individual files, to play with various optimization parameters during that first step: the white balance, noise reduction, highlight management and harmonization of the various rows and column of source images; knowing that the actual shooting conditions were such that we had to make some technical choices on location.”
(Photo credit: snap from the image)