...oh my God! -- it’s full of pixels!
June 17, 2015 2:33 PM   Subscribe

1.47 Gigapixel panorama of Barack Obama's 2009 Inaugural Address
4-Gigapixel panorama of the surface of Mars
34-Gigapixel panorama of Prague
152-Gigapixel panorama of Rio de Janiero taken from Sugarloaf
272-Gigapixel panorama of Shanghai
320-Gigapixel panorama of London
• Currently the largest: this 365-Gigapixel panorama of Mont Blanc. [story]
• GigaPan has a wide variety of panoramas in their gallery.
Blakeway Gigapixel specializes in sports stadiums in full attendance (where you can tag people you recognize) and National Parks sites like the Grand Canyon

posted by not_on_display (26 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
 
320-Gigapixel panorama of London

it's a 'shop.
posted by GuyZero at 2:36 PM on June 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


❤️ i want these for incredibly detailed wall art.
posted by Monochrome at 2:39 PM on June 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


sports stadiums in full attendance (where you can tag people you recognize) and National Parks sites like the Grand Canyon

posted by not_on_display

Eponysterical.

Also: great post!
posted by Songdog at 2:45 PM on June 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


From the inaugural address link, this is my favorite 600x400px frame in the entire picture.
posted by clarknova at 2:47 PM on June 17, 2015 [9 favorites]


I'm not sure it's a good idea to suck all those pixels out of the Internet.
Ultimately, all the pixels will be gone and everybody will be sorry - that's not going to be a pretty sight.
posted by sour cream at 2:57 PM on June 17, 2015


Bonus for the Mont Blanc one: there's a guy wearing a red jacket and backpack - not completely unlike this guy - can you find him?
posted by bigendian at 2:58 PM on June 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


I've been experimenting with some sub-gigapixel photos with my little Sony NEX-6 and Lightroom and they come out pretty well. If you stand with your feet planted and just swivel in place taking multiple overlapping shots with the camera in portrait orientation, Lightroom does an amazing job of knitting all of them into a giant seamless image. This is a very shrunken jpeg export of a huge (~10,000 x ~14,000) raw image that I took this week on a tour of an abandoned steel mill. It was originally 55 separate images that took my fairly beefy computer half an hour to compile into one.
posted by octothorpe at 3:00 PM on June 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


Oooo they have Zion. Lighting is kinda weird but whatever, very cool.
posted by Wretch729 at 3:26 PM on June 17, 2015


From the inaugural address link, this is my favorite 600x400px frame in the entire picture.

I have always liked that if you look in the balcony above the action, at Obama's six o'clock, you can see Yo-Yo Ma -- cello at his feet -- standing up and taking a snapshot of the proceedings.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 3:32 PM on June 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


Not getting the point of. the Mont Blanc one. That's an awful lot of pixels for a bunch of snow covered rock.
posted by monospace at 3:42 PM on June 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


Not getting the point of. the Mont Blanc one. That's an awful lot of pixels for a bunch of snow covered rock.

Because it's there.
posted by not_on_display at 3:46 PM on June 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Bonus for the Mont Blanc one: there's a guy wearing a red jacket and backpack

Found him! You can even zoom in to see he's wearing a wedding band. There is a vertical line behind him where the patterns in the snow are symmetrical. In other places there are repeating features in the snow like they have been run through the clone tool. Must be strange artifacts of the process.
posted by peeedro at 4:14 PM on June 17, 2015


Nice collection! And your reference is most apt. I can get lost in these things for donkey's years.
posted by cleroy at 4:19 PM on June 17, 2015


We've come a long way.
posted by unliteral at 4:55 PM on June 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, the Mont Blanc one seems weirdly unimpressive. The cool thing about the big city panoramas is that you look at it and it seems like a standard photo, and then you zoom in and discover whole new realities going on within it. It reveals the wonder and depth of cities. With Mont Blanc it looks like some ice and rock a long way off, and then you zoom in and it looks like some ice and rock pretty close up. It's somehow less magical.
posted by howfar at 5:06 PM on June 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


There was also the now-defunct Gigapxl Project, which was a very web-1.0 version of the above, with all the images captured on film (!) using an old large-format aerial photography rig (previously on MeFi).
posted by Potsy at 5:20 PM on June 17, 2015


We're cleaning out our basement, and I recently stumbled upon a box of moldy MacWorld magazines from the mid-late '90s. Flipping through one from 1997 I was entertained by breathless articles announcing the release of OS 8 AND.... A review of the latest $800 digital cameras with mind blowing specs like 640 x 480 pictures. My how we've grown...
posted by jalexei at 6:24 PM on June 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


I found Waldo!
posted by flatluigi at 6:32 PM on June 17, 2015


These pictures remind me of some of the ultra-tele zoom sequences in the Planet Earth series. Except the lens used in the Mont Blanc project was a $10k prime whereas the lens used by the BBC was a $83k zoom (plus god knows how much for the gyro stabilized mount.)
posted by Rhomboid at 6:37 PM on June 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


The Mars Rover one, you can even see the tiny scratches against the rock where the rover has traveled.
posted by mochapickle at 9:13 PM on June 17, 2015


I was very lucky to get the chance to take some Gigapans back when it was still an un-spun-off CMU research project---friends just let me borrow one of the prototypes. It was lots of fun! I think this one may be my favorite...
posted by tss at 10:31 PM on June 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


Yay!

I was able to find where this was on this 8000x4000 of Paris.

Panoramio, while fun, wasn't working for that.
posted by sebastienbailard at 2:03 AM on June 18, 2015


(doubled the first link)

This roofscape of Paris, as seen from Notre Dame, rather.
posted by sebastienbailard at 2:21 AM on June 18, 2015


I have one of the first generation of Gigapan mounts (with which I took this picture), and have for years been idly wondering what camera would be a fitting upgrade from my old Canon G9.

Getting the right kind of motive can be challenging—ideally, you want a static scene with no people (otherwise stitching errors are a certainty), and uniform light throughout the capture process (in Denmark, where the weather is fickle at best, that can be difficult to achieve).It's pretty fun, though stitching can be bothersome.
posted by bouvin at 5:02 AM on June 18, 2015


Found the dead/sleepy guy in the Tokyo pic
posted by CarlRossi at 8:25 AM on June 18, 2015


In the inaugural link, both Hilliary and J. Thomas appear to be resting their eyes.

And Pres Bush I is sporting a hat that was, no doubt, given to him by Boris Yeltsin.
posted by robstercraw at 12:27 PM on June 18, 2015


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