Last month, we saw a panorama of Dubai taken from atop the world’s tallest building. It was beautiful, but at 2.5 gigapixels in size, is not exactly the greatest panorama. No, that title now belongs to a 360-degree panoramic photo of London recently, which consists of over 48,000 individual images and boats an incredible resolution of 320 gigapixels.
To create the huge panorama with its communications tower as a central point, British Telecommunications (BT) contracted the photography company, 360Cities – which is also responsible for the interactive self panorama NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity. Photographers Jeffrey Martin, Tom Mills, Holger Schulze and spent three days on the 29th floor of the BT Tower to capture the photos, sometimes enduring high winds and freezing temperatures.
Four configurations camera is placed around the outer shelf, each composed of a Canon EOS 7D with EF 400mm f/2.8L equipped IS II USM and EF Extender 2x III teleconverters. The cameras were later joined Clauss Rodeon panorama VR Head ST robotic assembly and began to shoot four frames per second, while covering an arc of 360 degrees.
The photographs that comprise the final image was taken shortly after the 2012 Olympics last year, but took a computer three months to join them, not to mention more time to convert the result into an interactive website for people can zoom and scroll to your heart’s content. Overall, the picture amazing 320-pixel size consists of 48,640 individual shots, which have been linked and layered almost perfectly to give the impression of a single, zoom-able image. According photography equipment, if the image is printed with a standard photo resolution, which would be 98 meters (321.5 feet) wide and 24 meters (79 feet) high.
The amount of detail in the picture is impressive to say the least, with some buildings still visible up to 20 miles (32 kilometers) away. Even at a great distance, you can still clearly see the faces of individuals and noted landmarks like Big Ben and the Tower Bridge.
If you want to check out the 360 degree image of himself, BT has an interactive version on their website.