Digital photography technology has improved explosively in recent years. We have better lenses, better cameras and faster processors. All this means that today we can create pictures of very large size in terms of pixels. We can capture a great amount of detail in separate photographs and stitch it all up into one seamless mind blowing image. While a typical smart phone has a camera of 5 megapixels, we are talking about hundreds of gigapixles here. So, here we go with ten most fascinating panoramic images ever taken.
10. Panorama of an Erupting Volcano:
This image was created by Airpano who have taken panoramic photography to a new level by designing a system to shoot 360* panoramic video. They’ve used their simple solution to shoot videos of cities and other beautiful places using vehicles such as cars, boats, planes and helicopters. This image is of the eruption of the Polsky Tolbachik volcano in Russia.
9. Inauguration of President Obama:
This image was taken by American photographer, David Bergman during the 2009 inaugural address of President Obama. The event was attended by over 2 million people. The image consists of 220 different shots and has the size of 1.474 megapixels. The image of millions of people everywhere and the President in the centre makes for a very patriotic image.
8. Underwater Panorama:
This image is an underwater panorama taken at Ilot Kourae New Caledonia. It is the world’s largest coral reef lagoon. The red and yellow Octocorals sit in the centre of the image as a diver swims in the background. Underwater panoramas are a great way to get the feel of diving without having to actually get wet.
7. Paris in 26 Gigapixels:
This picture of Paris was taken in 2009 and was for some time the largest picture in the world. It was taken by photographers, Arnaud Frich and Martin Loyer and sponsored by Kolor. It has a total of 2,346 high resolution pictures that have been stitched together to form this 26 gigapixels mega-image. The image was shot from the top of the north tower of the Saint-Sulpice Church.
6. 360* Panorama of Tokyo:
This picture of Tokyo was taken by Jeffrey Martin from the top of the Tokyo Tower. He used a cannon 7D camera and a 400mm lens. Over 10,000 images were captured and stitched together to form this image. It is now the second largest photograph in the world for the moment.
5. 360* Panorama from the Top of the World’s Tallest Building:
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building. The panorama shot from the top of this building by photographer Gerald Donovan. He shot over 70 photographs of 80 megapixels each to give an end result of 2.5 gigapixels. You can see all of Dubai in this one image as the Burj Khalifa dwarfs everything else in the city.
4. Budapest in 70 Gigapixels:
This stunning image of Budapest and its surroundings was taken in Hungary by a team of photographers, computer engineers, graphic designers and editors called 360World. It is an enormous photograph at 70 gigapixels and was taken from the lookout tower, Janos-hegy, which is the highest point in Budapest. 10,000 photographs were taken over a period of 6 hours to make this panorama.
3. Panorama from Mars:
This image was taken by the Mars rover Curiosity over a period of 13 Martian days. The image was compiled by Andrew Bodrov, a photographer and specialist in virtual reality. The photograph consists of 295 photographs and is 90,000 pixels wide and 45,000 pixels tall. This panorama allows you to enjoy a tour of mars right from the comfort of your home.
2. Strahov Library 40 Gigapixels:
This image of the Strahov Library in Prague is the largest panoramic picture taken indoors. The total size is 40 gigapixels and it contains a total of 3,000 individual photographs. The image is 280,000 pixels wide and 140,000 pixels tall. It was taken by photographer Jeffrey Martin who also took the panoramic photograph of Tokyo city.
1. London in 320 Gigapixels:
The world’s largest picture is the 2012 panoramic view of London taken from the BT tower to commemorate the 2012 Olympic Games. It was taken by three photographers, Jeffrey Martin, Holger Schulze and Tom Mills. It constitutes of 48,640 individual images. If it were to be printed at normal resolution the image would be 98 meters long and 23 meters high; almost the size of Buckingham Palace!