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iLikeMyiMac
Nov 18, 2004, 07:09 PM
TNO has produced the largest digital panoramic photo in the world. So, what do we mean by large? After all, modern consumer cameras can easily take a picture with 5 million pixels. Well, we are talking about a photo of completely different dimensions. One with 2.5 billion pixels - that's 500 times more pixels. If this photo were printed, it would measure 6.67 m by 2.67 m (300 dpi). The photograph shows Delft and its surroundings in the autumn of 2004. It was taken the top of the Electrical Engineering faculty of Delft University, at a height of about 100 m, by TNO.
More Info (http://www.tpd.tno.nl/smartsite966.html)
Link to photo (http://www.tpd.tno.nl/Pics/DII/gigazoom/Delft2.htm)
Quite Possibly the coolest thing I've seen on the internet in a long time.

quackattack
Nov 18, 2004, 07:42 PM
that is really amazing. Really shows the potential of digital photography. Now I just need a new camera, 5 mp doesn't really cut it anymore. ;)

Dandaman
Nov 18, 2004, 07:43 PM
wow, that's amazing. i can see that guy walking on the sidewalk to the right is wearing a striped sweater.

Mantat
Nov 18, 2004, 07:54 PM
Wow! Feels like in the movies were the boss always ask the techno guy to 'zoom a bit more'...

Very impressive!

iLikeMyiMac
Nov 18, 2004, 08:12 PM
Ok I found some pretty neat things:
Van on Sidewalk (http://www.images.neilayton.com/Delft%20Pics/vanonsidewalk.jpg)
Big Propeller (http://www.images.neilayton.com/Delft%20Pics/prop.jpg)
Park Sculpture (http://www.images.neilayton.com/Delft%20Pics/parksculpture.jpg)
Ladies (http://www.images.neilayton.com/Delft%20Pics/ladies.jpg)

Post your favorite finds.

andiwm2003
Nov 18, 2004, 08:39 PM
Ok I found some pretty neat things:
Van on Sidewalk (http://www.images.neilayton.com/Delft%20Pics/vanonsidewalk.jpg)
Big Propeller (http://www.images.neilayton.com/Delft%20Pics/prop.jpg)
Park Sculpture (http://www.images.neilayton.com/Delft%20Pics/parksculpture.jpg)
Ladies (http://www.images.neilayton.com/Delft%20Pics/ladies.jpg)

Post your favorite finds.

if you zoom to the right of the two blue towers, there is a guy loading a forklifter. there you can see how the pic was sloppy pasted together!

still the coolest thing on the web. we could play i can see what you can't see duriong boring work hours. just paste a section in this thread and the others try to find it.........

andi

thecow
Nov 18, 2004, 08:47 PM
It's not actually one big photo. It's 600 pictures put together in photoshop or something like that.

Here's some interesting things:
Floating torso (http://www.tpd.tno.nl/smartsite1050.html)
the carbus (http://www.tpd.tno.nl/smartsite1051.html)

Mr. Anderson
Nov 18, 2004, 09:10 PM
It's not actually one big photo. It's 600 pictures put together in photoshop or something like that.

Here's some interesting things:
Floating torso (http://www.tpd.tno.nl/smartsite1050.html)
the carbus (http://www.tpd.tno.nl/smartsite1051.html)

Yeah, I noticed that - so one pic of a guy has his head cut off :D It might be one camera, and its automating the shot sequence...still pretty damn cool and the web interface is quite slick :D

D

iLikeMyiMac
Nov 18, 2004, 09:12 PM
The reason why the head is cut off and the car merges with the bus is because there is a 7 sec time span between each picture.

Mr_Ed
Nov 18, 2004, 09:15 PM
Whether it was really one photo, or a composition of many, I just want to know . . . . How long does it take to open the file on a Mac? Once you get it open, how long does it take to "scroll" left or right 1%? God forbid you should try to apply a filter to the whole thing . . . :D

2.5Gpixels is approx 7.5GB file size as straight RGB values. :eek:

Counterfit
Nov 18, 2004, 09:47 PM
I guess this guy (http://www.tawbaware.com/maxlyons/gigapixel.htm) finally got beat ;) But, he did a better job with the stitching, as there aren't as many exposure differences.

iLikeMyiMac
Nov 18, 2004, 10:13 PM
Whether it was really one photo, or a composition of many, I just want to know . . . . How long does it take to open the file on a Mac? Once you get it open, how long does it take to "scroll" left or right 1%? God forbid you should try to apply a filter to the whole thing . . . :D

2.5Gpixels is approx 7.5GB file size as straight RGB values. :eek:
It takes a second to open the file in your browser using macromedia flash player. Don't worry about it.

The only way to get rid of the exposure differences is if you got the world to stop for 1 hour and 12 minutes while you take 600 pictures.

iLikeMyiMac
Nov 18, 2004, 10:28 PM
I found a Windmill (http://www.images.neilayton.com/Delft%20Pics/windmill.jpg)
Also found a McDonalds (http://www.images.neilayton.com/Delft%20Pics/mcdonalds.jpg)

Peyote
Nov 18, 2004, 10:37 PM
OMG...the street just turned into quicksand! Where's a vine when you need one?


This is starting to remind me of the Philadelphia Experiment.

tech4all
Nov 18, 2004, 10:41 PM
Man this thing is addicting! :D If you look at some areas, you can see a difference in lighting where they spliced the many pics, but good job nonetheless.

[edit]

Is it me or is the very right edge of the photo(s) stay pixelated?

And some of those cars on the sides really look distored, shape-wise.

Mr_Ed
Nov 18, 2004, 10:55 PM
"I see dead people (http://homepage.mac.com/mr_ed_065/deadppl.jpg)."

etoiles
Nov 18, 2004, 10:58 PM
where is Waldo ?

Peyote
Nov 18, 2004, 11:05 PM
where is Waldo ?

He's right here, surgically spliced together with another guy on a bike.

Peyote
Nov 18, 2004, 11:08 PM
This automobile appears to be...

VANishing!

Peyote
Nov 18, 2004, 11:09 PM
The photo appears to have made a really ugly car...or maybe that's just the car...

Peyote
Nov 18, 2004, 11:11 PM
Here's the rest of the first guy's body...see! It wasn't missing...only misplaced!



OK I'm done.

tech4all
Nov 18, 2004, 11:17 PM
You know, I wonder if people didn't know that picture is actually a composite of 600 smaller photos, if they would get freaked out by all these people sinking in the road and having half bodies and such thinking that this was one large picture :rolleyes: :D

ocellnuri
Nov 18, 2004, 11:34 PM
I had a lot of fun at that site. The interface is very slick.

However, I find the technology here much more amazing. I just wish they let you zoom around the pictures...

http://www.gigapxl.com/gallery.htm

Counterfit
Nov 19, 2004, 12:12 AM
The photo appears to have made a really ugly car...or maybe that's just the car... Nah, that's a Renault. It's just ugly :D


Oh, and LOL@ Mr ed :D

edesignuk
Nov 19, 2004, 01:23 AM
That is incredible :eek: :cool:

edesignuk
Nov 19, 2004, 02:46 AM
Just shown up on the BBC Technology (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4022149.stm) site, quite a good little article.

WinterMute
Nov 19, 2004, 05:33 AM
Good job no-one was in the bath in some of those windows, the resolution in the foreground is amazing, I'm glad I wasn't out with my secret girlfriend... :eek:

Just another reason to be paranoid I guess.

Excellent stuff.

Windowlicker
Nov 19, 2004, 08:03 AM
This is crazy! how the hell can they have a camera like that?! also, how come the image is so sharp even kilometers away?

telecomm
Nov 19, 2004, 08:42 AM
Couldn't open some of the other links to floating torsos, but here's one I stumbled upon.

Mike Teezie
Nov 21, 2004, 05:38 PM
VERY, very, cool.

Sending this to all my friends.

:cool:

jared_kipe
Nov 21, 2004, 06:12 PM
Am I the only one to find this??

applekid
Nov 21, 2004, 06:14 PM
That was stunning. You can read the license plates of the cars!

Just something I thought of right now... You could make a fancy game of "I Spy" or "Where's Waldo" with this! :)

jared_kipe
Nov 21, 2004, 06:17 PM
Bravo to the most entertaining and interactive photo ever.

AppleMatt
Nov 21, 2004, 07:33 PM
If you look for the clock you can see that the top right area was taken around 3pm. 3.15 to be precise!

AppleMatt

iLikeMyiMac
Nov 21, 2004, 08:10 PM
Am I the only one to find this??
No. Look at post #13 ;)

pabloman
Nov 21, 2004, 08:46 PM
I found some IKEA flags at the top-right part of the image!!!
:p

tech4all
Nov 22, 2004, 12:21 AM
I found some IKEA flags at the top-right part of the image!!!
:p

I see them as well. Looks like a mirrored image of them or something :confused:

KC9AIC
Nov 22, 2004, 12:44 AM
I could sure go for a stretched limo like this.

MacBandit
Nov 22, 2004, 01:28 AM
This is crazy! how the hell can they have a camera like that?! also, how come the image is so sharp even kilometers away?

This could be done with a 1Megapixel camera you would just have to take a lot more photos. It's just hundreds of photos of the one area all stitched together on a computer. The resulting image is a combined 2.5 Gigapixel. The reason things are somewhat in focus even kilometers away is that they used a very tight aperture. This gives you a sharp focus at any range. If you have an automatic camera and it has the mountain setting it just reduces the aperture. The trade off to a smaller aperture is that it lets less light in so you need either a bright day or a longer exposure and also it causes the resulting photo to loose it's feeling of depth.

Mechcozmo
Nov 22, 2004, 01:30 AM
http://www.gigapxl.com/gallery.htm

Hehe... people watching... I know where that place is. Now I know where the best places are, too! ;)

Just kidding.

combatcolin
Nov 22, 2004, 07:07 AM
BladeRunner anyone??

jimsowden
Nov 22, 2004, 09:42 AM
Quickpavement!

markjones05
Nov 22, 2004, 09:56 AM
This kind of resolution is dangerous. Youd be taking pictures of things that you dont know your taking pictures of.

Lord Blackadder
Nov 22, 2004, 10:37 AM
Fantastic!

The future of digital photography looks bright.

bennetsaysargh
Nov 22, 2004, 07:54 PM
now i'm waiting for someone to find someone listening to an ipod! :p

great thing though. i love digital photography and where it's going.

markjones05
Nov 22, 2004, 08:02 PM
Can u imagine if someone took a close up of someones face with this camera...

MacBandit
Nov 22, 2004, 08:05 PM
Can u imagine if someone took a close up of someones face with this camera...

Please read the thread before posting. It's not a single photo. It's 600 photos stitched together from a 3.5 Megapixel camera. Yes that only adds up to 2.1 Gigapixels but that's what the article says the hardware was.

markjones05
Nov 22, 2004, 08:05 PM
now i'm waiting for someone to find someone listening to an ipod! :p

I think that monitor is hooked up to a G5
:p

Doctor Q
Nov 22, 2004, 10:32 PM
Is it just me, or is this building smiling at the camera?

I think I've been staring at this photo for too long! :p

MacBandit
Nov 23, 2004, 12:15 AM
Is it just me, or is this building smiling at the camera?

I think I've been staring at this photo for too long! :p

I agree with you.


That you've been staring at it too long. ;)

Mechcozmo
Nov 23, 2004, 07:20 PM
Is it just me, or is this building smiling at the camera?

I think I've been staring at this photo for too long! :p

Eh... I see what you mean, but...uhm...yeah. I suggest some sleep, or at least a break from your computer. Maybe both...

jared_kipe
Nov 23, 2004, 08:26 PM
Is it just me, or is this building smiling at the camera?

I think I've been staring at this photo for too long! :p

You're right, now quickly try to find all the smiles on the picture. GO!

jared_kipe
Nov 23, 2004, 08:28 PM
No. Look at post #13 ;)

I saw that after words, but at the time I was only looking at the pictures not reading the posts. My bad :'(

Doctor Q
Nov 24, 2004, 01:38 AM
Is this a ⌘ symbol I see on a sign?

tech4all
Nov 24, 2004, 01:49 AM
Is this a ? symbol I see on a sign?

Well it is close, but the top part of the clover (can't figure out the right key combo to make the command key symbol) is missing. Or maybe its been painted off to fool people?!!! :eek:

MacBandit
Nov 24, 2004, 08:59 AM
Is this a ? symbol I see on a sign?

http://www.bo-rent.com/


I think it's kind of like a recycling symbol except it's for their rental company.

5300cs
Nov 25, 2004, 04:12 AM
spooky..

Doctor Q
Nov 25, 2004, 11:31 AM
I found the city's Internet Service Provider!

Oh, wait. "ISP" is English. Hmmmm. Never mind.

savar
Nov 25, 2004, 01:33 PM
More Info (http://www.tpd.tno.nl/smartsite966.html)
Link to photo (http://www.tpd.tno.nl/Pics/DII/gigazoom/Delft2.htm)
Quite Possibly the coolest thing I've seen on the internet in a long time.

wow, if thats real, i can read the license plates off of the parked cars...geez a big step forward in amateur surveillance

edit: oops shouldve read the article first..now i see its the first 2 Gp photo and not camera ... fwiw i did find artifacts of stitching, and not just the car/bus or dismembered head....if you look at the right most parking lot, zoom in on the top half, then zoom in on the license plate of the red car parked on the near side...big seam in the photo right there. i'm sure there are others, i was just trying to see what kind of stuff i could peep

so when do we get full motion video at 2.5 Gp, huh?

-never satisfied

Merf
Nov 25, 2004, 01:59 PM
Yeah Digital photography is going to be crazy in the next 10 years. I took photo in high school last year and I remember going to a photo gallery with the rest of the class and afterwards we talked about it and there were a few digital pictures but they were slightly pixaliated. This one girl who hated digital cameras said that digital photography will never be as good as film. I was like what the hell are you saying? Digital photography has been around for what? 20 years maybe? And that we never know what the future is going to hold.

It was rather funny because she was so biased.

Merf

Doctor Q
Nov 25, 2004, 02:41 PM
I wish it showed you the X-Y coordinates of the center of the view you are looking at, so we could trade X-Y pairs to point out what we find. That would be a lot easier than saying "if you look at the right most parking lot, zoom in on the top half, ...".

Mechcozmo
Nov 25, 2004, 03:13 PM
Doctor Q, methinks you should find some way to forcefully restrain yourself from that picture. Yes, it was cool neat and interesting. But you seem to become addicted to it. Did you ever get addicted to a "Where is Waldo" book? Because you seem to have spent wayyy to much time on this picture.

Doctor Q
Nov 25, 2004, 05:35 PM
Because you seem to have spent wayyy to much time on this picture.OK, I'll go back to my previous hobby - looking at satellite images, one at a time, of each square meter of the Earth. I finished North America and was just starting on South America.

Yes, I have the Waldo books.

Daveway
Jan 9, 2005, 12:27 AM
This could become a revoltion in the way that we play "Where's Waldo?"
I looking at the people and license plates.

dejo
Jan 9, 2005, 12:49 AM
Damn, there's a lot of cranes in that picture!

dejo
Jan 9, 2005, 01:07 AM
I found a statue (http://homepage.mac.com/dejo/.Pictures/statue.jpg)!

dejo
Jan 9, 2005, 01:36 AM
Wow. This new technology is great! Look what else I found:

Balconies (http://homepage.mac.com/dejo/.Pictures/no_way.jpg)

Mechcozmo
Jan 9, 2005, 02:06 AM
Wow. This new technology is great! Look what else I found:

Balconies (http://homepage.mac.com/dejo/.Pictures/no_way.jpg)

Haha! Doctor Q is going to relapse if he finds this thread again... :eek:

Doctor Q
Jan 9, 2005, 02:58 AM
Haha! Doctor Q is going to relapse if he finds this thread again... :eek:(I won't tell him if you won't.)

maya
Jan 9, 2005, 03:37 AM
Yeah Digital photography is going to be crazy in the next 10 years. I took photo in high school last year and I remember going to a photo gallery with the rest of the class and afterwards we talked about it and there were a few digital pictures but they were slightly pixaliated. This one girl who hated digital cameras said that digital photography will never be as good as film. I was like what the hell are you saying? Digital photography has been around for what? 20 years maybe? And that we never know what the future is going to hold.

It was rather funny because she was so biased.

Merf

We do not know how far both technologies can go. :)

And that girl was Me. :) And yes I remember you too. :p

maya
Jan 9, 2005, 03:38 AM
(I won't tell him if you won't.)

How many multi-personality members do we have on MR, first fox20(05)(06) and now you Doctor Q. :)

Doctor Q
Jan 10, 2005, 07:21 PM
How many multi-personality members do we have on MR, first fox20(05)(06) and now you Doctor Q. :)Alas, I'm just me, and none of the fox family. But maybe YOU are the split personality... After all, your member name is M a y a but your sig says "It's maya no spaces." :)

Mechcozmo
Jan 10, 2005, 09:13 PM
(I won't tell him if you won't.)

:eek:

The first step to getting treatment is admitting you have a problem...

homerjward
Jan 10, 2005, 10:28 PM
Wow. This new technology is great! Look what else I found:

Balconies (http://homepage.mac.com/dejo/.Pictures/no_way.jpg)
lmao!

Doctor Q
Jan 10, 2005, 11:46 PM
The first step to getting treatment is admitting you have a problem...I will scan the photo carefully looking for treatment centers.

puckhead193
Jan 11, 2005, 12:22 AM
I spy a half of car/bus/ another car :rolleyes:

Sir_Giggles
Jan 12, 2005, 02:38 AM
I spotted a Macdonalds, and some windmills, and so headless people, but the one thing that wasnt mentioned was there is a shot of a middle-aged man suntanning on his back porch. I was trying to find it again to post here but decided to let you guys have the fun of looking for him. :)

maya
Jan 12, 2005, 02:43 AM
Alas, I'm just me, and none of the fox family. But maybe YOU are the split personality... After all, your member name is M a y a but your sig says "It's maya no spaces." :)

LOL, long story short I had opened an account awhile back, had a HDD crash took my cookies with it, could not remember my old password and so forth and thus I was reborn. :)

There previous account sits inactive unless you want to delete that account name and grant me my previous name. :)