World’s Largest Photograph – A Football Field-Sized 365 Gigapixel Panorama of Mont Blanc

By: | June 6th, 2015

An international team led by photographer Filippo Blengin has published a panoramic photograph of Europe’s highest peak. It is the largest photograph ever created. You can zoom into this 365 gigapixel interactive image on the project’s website.

This incredible image is 45 gigapixels larger than the previous record-holder, a 320-gigapixel shot of London taken from atop the BT Tower.

How they managed to do it:

To capture the mountain in its entirety, the five-member team spent two weeks at an altitude of 3500 meters (11,500 feet) in temperatures about 14°F (-10°C).

They made use of a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 II IS, a Canon 70D DSLR and a Canon Extender 2X III on a special robotic mount. To make up the panorama, they captured 70,000 pictures in every direction over 35 hours of continuous shooting. Robotic mounts were used to automatically capture the shots that were stitched together.

It took two months to post-process and stitch the 46 terabytes of images together. The resulting image, if printed out at 300dpi, would be as large as a football pitch, making it the world’s largest photograph. The team worked with many technical firms like Canon and SanDisk to complete the image.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. You can also find Nidhi on Google+.

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