Dubai image 'world's largest digital photo'
Portland, May 11, 2010
An image taken of Dubai has taken the top spot as the world's largest digital photo, beating a breathtaking image of Paris that had set the record at 26 gigapixels.
The gigapixel image that can be viewed at photo sharing site GigaPan.org, topped out at 45 gigapixels. If printed, this photo would be the size of nearly 1200 billboards.
Recently, photographer Gerald Donovan took a majestic image of a landscape in
Dubai using the GigaPan EPIC Pro robotic camera mount based on technology
employed by NASA's Mars Rover. He shot the photo using a Canon 7D camera
coupled with GigaPan's EPIC Pro robotic mount, which took nearly 4,250 pictures over a three- and half-hour time frame. With the help of GigaPan Engineers Randy Sargent and Paul Heckbert, they stitched together the thousands of photos into one very large image using Autopano stitching software and uploaded it to the GigaPan.org site.
'This was intended as a technical test,' said Gerald Donovan. 'It was about exploring the limits of the hardware and software out there.'
Of course, if anyone thought of visiting Dubai without leaving their living room, this is an excellent opportunity to do so because the level of detail is so intense. The tallest building in the world is at the centre of the image, a perfect complement to the largest panorama in the world.
To view the record-breaking image and other famous images like Barack Obama's
Presidential Inaugural Address, go to GigaPan.org. No special downloads or programs are required. All photographers can upload their gigapixel images to the site, no matter what hardware or software is used, a statement said.-TradeArabia News Service