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360cities.net Unveils New Record-Breaking Gigapixel Panoramic Photo of London

I recently came across this:

After three days of shooting, ten thousand photos taken, and a huge amount of work, the London 80 Gigapixel Panorama is finished and onlin

Prague, Czech Republic, November 16, 2010 – A newly published 360-degree photo of London takes the

crown as the largest spherical panoramic photo in the world. The image of London, at 360cities.net/london,

has a total resolution of 80 gigapixels, or 80 billion pixels. Shot by photographer Jeffrey Martin over a period

of three days from the top of the Centre Point building at the crossroads of Oxford Street and Tottenham

Court Road, the image reveals the highest-resolution view of any city that has ever been captured. From this

vantage point – 36 stories up in the air – an astonishing number of landmarks, houses, skyscrapers, shops,

offices, and streets are visible. Countless people at street level are observable, as well as thousands of

windows, many of which reveal glimpses of life inside. In short, it is a portrait of London, the likes of which

has never been made before.


Previous attempts at world record gigapixels include a 26-gigapixel image of Paris, a 70-gigapixel image of

Budapest, a 26-gigapixel image of Dresden, and Martin’s previous record holder from 2009, an 18-gigapixel

spherical image of Prague. This new London gigapixel image, if printed at normal photographic resolution,

would be 35 meters long and 17 meters tall (115 feet x 56 feet).

Martin, a panoramic photographer and the Founder of 360Cities.net, created the London gigapixel image

from 7886 high-resolution individual photos taken from the Centre Point building. These thousands of photos

were then stitched together as one single image on a powerful Fujitsu CELSIUS workstation, provided for the

project by Fujitsu Technology Solutions. The computer comprises dual 6-core CPUs, 192GB of RAM, and a

4GB graphics card.

To encourage people to explore the 80-gigapixel image of London in its finest detail, 360 Cities will launch

three separate contests to find and describe items or places in the photo. In the first contest the winner will

receive a Fujitsu 27″ LCD monitor provided by Fujitsu Technology Solutions, computer and camera bags

provided by Crumpler.com will be awarded in the second, and in the third contest, over $3000 worth of

holidays will be awarded, courtesy of Intrepid Travel (intrepidtravel.com) and their subsidiary, Urban

Adventures (urbanadventures.com).

Further information about the making of the image can be found at http://blog.360cities.net/london-gigapixel.

About 360 Cities

360 Cities is dedicated to promoting geo-located, high-resolution spherical imagery by providing the bestanywhere

platform for publishing panoramic photography on the web. 360Cities.net is the web’s largest

collection of spherical, map-based panoramas, and through its partnership with Google Earth, this content is

introduced to an even wider audience worldwide. 360 Cities is a Netherlands limited company with a

subsidiary in Prague, Czech Republic.

Contact

Jeffrey Martin

360 Cities

jeffrey@360cities.net

 

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