Gigapixel Panorama Photography – How It’s Done And 22 Incredible Images

Ever wondered how those jaw-droppingly high-resolution panoramas of landscapes, architecture and space are created? This simple yet informative video explains the technology and methodology behind gigapixel photography.

GigaPan, a joint project between NASA, Carnegie Mellon University and Google, facilitates the creation of large gigapixel composite images. GigaPan robotic mounts are available commercially and can convert most digital cameras into super high-res panorama capturing devices. These photos can be stitched, rendered and uploaded for free on GigaPan.com to be viewed as a single explorable image.

22 Gorgeous Giga Shots (and the biggest photo ever):

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Galapagos Bait Ball of Salema Fish by Jason Buchheim (0.05 Gigapixels)

Galapagos Bait Ball of Salema Fish by Jason Buchheim (0.05 Gigapixels)

Los Angeles at Night via Mt. Lee by Mac Danzig (0.11 Gigapixels)

Los Angeles at Night via Mt. Lee by Mac Danzig (0.11 Gigapixels)

Greeley Haven on Mars by Ted Roller (0.18 Gigapixels)

Greeley Haven on Mars by Ted Roller (0.18 Gigapixels)

San Francisco October Night by chad pfarr (0.19 Gigapixels)

San Francisco October Night by chad pfarr (0.19 Gigapixels)

Eiffeltower Paris by Wolfgang Grossmann (0.21 Gigapixels)

Eiffeltower Paris by Wolfgang Grossmann (0.21 Gigapixels)

Golden Temple by Matthew Deans (0.31 Gigapixels)

Golden Temple by Matthew Deans (0.31 Gigapixels)

Star birth in the extreme by Rob Nijlaan (0.42 Gigapixels)

Star birth in the extreme by Rob Nijlaan (0.42 Gigapixels)

President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address by David Bergman (1.47 Gigapixels)

President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address by David Bergman (1.47 Gigapixels)

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow by Alex Krylov (1.7 Gigapixels)

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow by Alex Krylov (1.7 Gigapixels)

Benidorm desde el mirador de la Cala de Finestrat by Jaime Brotons (3.81 Gigapixels)

Benidorm desde el mirador de la Cala de Finestrat by Jaime Brotons (3.81 Gigapixels)

Blazers vs. Lakers by Bruce Ely (4.7 Gigapixels)

Blazers vs. Lakers by Bruce Ely (4.7 Gigapixels)

Goosenecks State Park, Utah by David Pivin (7.93 Gigapixels)

Goosenecks State Park, Utah by David Pivin (7.93 Gigapixels)

VISTA gigapixel mosaic of the central parts of the Milky Way by European Southern Observatory (8.82 Gigapixels)

VISTA gigapixel mosaic of the central parts of the Milky Way by European Southern Observatory (8.82 Gigapixels)

Largest Composite Image of Las Vegas by Bill Bailey (10.02 Gigapixels)

Largest Composite Image of Las Vegas by Bill Bailey (10.02 Gigapixels)

Great Wall by Alfred Zhao (10.59 Gigapixels)

Great Wall by Alfred Zhao (10.59 Gigapixels)

Mittenwald view from Karwendelspitze by gigapanbot (10.76 Gigapixels)

Mittenwald view from Karwendelspitze by gigapanbot (10.76 Gigapixels)

Machu Picchu by Jeff Cremer (16 Gigapixels)

Machu Picchu by Jeff Cremer (16 Gigapixels)

Dubai by Gerald Donovan (45 Gigapixels)

Dubai by Gerald Donovan (45 Gigapixels)

Budapest by 360world (70 Gigapixels)

Budapest by 360world (70 Gigapixels)

London by Jeffrey Martin (80 Gigapixels)

London by Jeffrey Martin (80 Gigapixels)

Shangai Skyline by Alfred Zhao (272 Gigapixels)

Shangai Skyline by Alfred Zhao (272 Gigapixels)

And the largest digital photograph in the world is:

Steam Locomotive "Terapixel" by Daniel Richter (1000 Gigapixels)

Steam Locomotive “Terapixel” by Daniel Richter (1000 Gigapixels)


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