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World's largest panoramic photo now much, much larger
February 22, 2013 3:06 PM   Subscribe

An amazing image of London taken from the top of the BT Tower has set a new record for the world’s largest panoramic photo. The image shows a full 360 degree view of London in incredible detail.

The image was shot over 3 days with Canon 7D DSLRs from the 29th floor of the BT tower in London at the end of 2012 Games. It is 320 gigapixels (the previous record holder was 80 - previously on the blue) and is comprised of over 48,000 individual RAW files.

The lenses used were all 400mm f2.8L lenses with 2x extenders. Meaning the final focal length was 800mm. Since these are crop sensor cameras, the effective focal length is further multiplied by 1.6, meaning the effective focal length equivalent on a 35mm sensor or piece of film would be a 1280mm lens. Hence the truly amazing level of detail.

The whole thing is online and ready to explore. The company that created the photo, 360cities, has a version with a few more features (like a map and landmark tour).

Press release.
Discussion on photography forum Fred Miranda.
You can even zoom all the way into Brixton!
posted by hamandcheese (55 comments total) 45 users marked this as a favorite

 
Holy jesus.
posted by Jairus at 3:13 PM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


There have been very few people in the parts of the photo I've explored. Empty offices, empty streets, the occasional half car. Was it a weekend?
posted by ocherdraco at 3:20 PM on February 22, 2013


Another half car!
posted by ocherdraco at 3:22 PM on February 22, 2013


I'm zoomed in, looking at someone's laptop, and the magazine they were reading before they left the room. Wow.
posted by bashos_frog at 3:25 PM on February 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Was there a small earthquake just east of St. Pancras?
posted by Capt. Renault at 3:25 PM on February 22, 2013


Finally, a group of people larger than two or three: football in the park.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:26 PM on February 22, 2013


And rugby, with the ball in midair. (At least, I think that smudge is the ball.)
posted by ocherdraco at 3:29 PM on February 22, 2013


Nice to see these sandbags sitting on the lip of a four-story building. Yikes.
posted by hamandcheese at 3:32 PM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Aw, this is so cool.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:46 PM on February 22, 2013


The coolest rooftop hangout in town.

Tea time.

Hard to miss these guys.
posted by hamandcheese at 3:49 PM on February 22, 2013


This guy is looking at you.
posted by elgilito at 3:50 PM on February 22, 2013 [6 favorites]


And here I was thinking I was going to go outside this weekend. Bummer.
posted by dogwalker at 3:50 PM on February 22, 2013


Through one of these windows can be seen evidence of a murder.

But which one?
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:52 PM on February 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


A table set for two, but first, turn down the radio.
posted by hamandcheese at 3:56 PM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


My first reaction was "Holy crap, none of that goddamned spot blurring of license plates and small signs like on Google Streets."

My next reaction: "Holy crap, I can read things on the boxes in a pile of trash."
posted by crapmatic at 4:04 PM on February 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


I found a man in a chicken suit that says 'buzby'!
[and way fewer street-level views than I was hoping for]

[[no word yet on waldo]]
posted by Acari at 4:09 PM on February 22, 2013


It's the ultimate panopticon. By the way one of the "Buzbys" is here.
posted by elgilito at 4:11 PM on February 22, 2013


"Hey Flynn, what shall we do with the Nesbit account?"
"Eh... throw it out the window."
posted by crapmatic at 4:12 PM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


buzby should have been way harder to find then that!
posted by couchdive at 4:15 PM on February 22, 2013


And I think I found that spanner Cortex was looking for. This is crazy resolution.
posted by crapmatic at 4:15 PM on February 22, 2013


If you're wondering what you'd pay for the hot and spicy chicken at The Japanese Canteen, have a look.
posted by davebush at 4:17 PM on February 22, 2013


And I think I found that spanner Cortex was looking for.

WHAT

I AM ASTOUNDED
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:18 PM on February 22, 2013


wow, impressive architecture!
.
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posted by couchdive at 4:25 PM on February 22, 2013 [8 favorites]


All I need now is a broken leg and Grace Kelly.
posted by davebush at 4:26 PM on February 22, 2013 [4 favorites]


The Queen is watching you.
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 4:30 PM on February 22, 2013


The coolest rooftop hangout in town.

My mate's roof terrace – that he shares with a young family – and where we've spent three NYEs watching fireworks.
posted by nickrussell at 4:40 PM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


For one of the half-cars, I can see the rest of it in full about one block away.
This is so fascinating!
posted by Acari at 4:42 PM on February 22, 2013


I found the quintessential London burglars

is this doc browns car?
posted by couchdive at 4:48 PM on February 22, 2013


are these dinosaur tracks?
posted by Acari at 4:53 PM on February 22, 2013


enhance... enhance... enhance.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 4:55 PM on February 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


I like finding the rooftop gardens. There aren't many.

My first reaction was "Holy crap, none of that goddamned spot blurring of license plates and small signs like on Google Streets."


There's some censorship here. Sir Paul's hot tub?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 5:18 PM on February 22, 2013


are these dinosaur tracks?

enhance...

Enhancing complete.
posted by hades at 5:21 PM on February 22, 2013


Rooftop chickens!
posted by hades at 5:24 PM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Nifty!
posted by Smedleyman at 5:30 PM on February 22, 2013


Holy shit.
posted by lazaruslong at 5:31 PM on February 22, 2013


I've always found the krpano controls confusing. Hold down the "Shift" key to zoom in. Hold down "Ctrl" to zoom out. Hope this helps.

And yes. You can see a naked woman in one of the windows. I won't tell you where.
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:43 PM on February 22, 2013


You can see a naked woman in one of the windows.

Found her!
posted by yoink at 6:17 PM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Indeed.

For a bonus point, find a young gentleman clad in blue pants, with a red and white striped shirt, wearing a similar cap.
posted by twoleftfeet at 6:51 PM on February 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Another beautiful garden.
posted by Jode at 6:53 PM on February 22, 2013


Rooftop chickens!

Heh. I started from the chickens and pulled out a bit to look at the neighbourhood. I recognized a couple of places and realized that the chickens are a block from the London Central YHA, which is where I stayed last time I was in London. Nice.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:01 PM on February 22, 2013


... followed by the thought, "Oh, right, THAT tower."
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:04 PM on February 22, 2013


It strikes me that there seem to be quite a lot of trees in London. The last time I was there other than as a stop between other destinations, it was before I lived in a big city myself, and I don't recall noticing lots of trees. But now I'm comparatively tree starved here in New York, and I can't help but think that there sure are a lot of them in this panorama. Does the city feel particularly leafy? Or is it just that this image lets you see them all at once?
posted by ocherdraco at 7:07 PM on February 22, 2013


I like that this dude managed to get his new Facebook profile photo taken by this.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:12 PM on February 22, 2013


I might be imagining it, but there is a guy on the cupola of Saint Paul's Cathedral (waving at something) and he's dressed in a similar way to the guy that richocet biscuit pointed out. It's very blurry so I could just be talking myself into it.
posted by smcniven at 7:36 PM on February 22, 2013


This is another fun one.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:30 PM on February 22, 2013


I've spent three hours looking at this, and I still can't find my wallet, which I'm sure I left somewhere out there.
posted by twoleftfeet at 10:46 PM on February 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


This fellow is sitting at his breakfast table reading the newspaper. We can zoom in and read it clearly over his shoulder.

Edit: if you zoom in you'll have to find the window again to the right as some spots on the map are kind of broken at max zoom
posted by darkfred at 11:06 PM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Rooftop playground and despite the nets, they seem to have misplaced quite a few balls.
posted by Authorized User at 11:49 PM on February 22, 2013


You can see a naked woman in one of the windows.

Or this one, descending a staircase.
posted by dhartung at 12:27 AM on February 23, 2013


These houses try very hard to fit in.
posted by Free word order! at 3:42 AM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Or this one, descending a staircase.

I as so excited for that to be from the actual photo.
posted by 3FLryan at 6:03 AM on February 23, 2013


When I was a very tiny pre-mefite, sometimes my grandmother would take me with her to work, at a stockbroker's office in downtown Tampa. It wasn't big then (...or now, really) but I loved gluing myself to the windows like one of those stuffed animals with suction-cup elbows. If I was especially good she'd let me into her boss' office, and I could use the little telescope there.

This is better. There's a TARDIS somewhere in here, right? Right?

This could be a Mefite hideout. And another.

Before your city is photographed, be sure to clean your toilet. And then maybe buy some curtains.

And a bonus, some interesting art.

I expect someone at some point will make a map of places from Dr. Who, Sherlock, and other pop-culture things that Americans will recognize.
posted by cmyk at 8:06 AM on February 23, 2013


Awkward navigation system--pointing the way you want to look. It is so much easier and more intuitive to click and drag something in the picture to the center of the screen.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 12:24 PM on February 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


Anyone else seeing broken images here?
posted by dogwalker at 1:05 PM on February 23, 2013


There's some censorship here. Sir Paul's hot tub?

From the FAQ:

I can read license plates and see faces! Isn’t that illegal?

The last time we checked, it is perfectly legal to practice the art of photography in most places on planet Earth. We have blurred out the faces of identifiable children, because as we understand it, it is a tremendous crime in the UK to photograph and publish images of children without the consent of their parents (unless you are a CCTV operator, then it’s perfectly alright ;-) . We also blurred out one “naughty bit”.

posted by paleyellowwithorange at 3:50 AM on February 24, 2013


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