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Old Nov 18, 2004, 07:09 PM   #1
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The 2.5 gigapixel photo

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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.
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Quite Possibly the coolest thing I've seen on the internet in a long time.
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 07:42 PM   #2
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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.
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 07:43 PM   #3
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wow, that's amazing. i can see that guy walking on the sidewalk to the right is wearing a striped sweater.
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 07:54 PM   #4
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Wow! Feels like in the movies were the boss always ask the techno guy to 'zoom a bit more'...

Very impressive!
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 08:12 PM   #5
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Ok I found some pretty neat things:
Van on Sidewalk
Big Propeller
Park Sculpture
Ladies

Post your favorite finds.
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 08:39 PM   #6
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Ok I found some pretty neat things:
Van on Sidewalk
Big Propeller
Park Sculpture
Ladies

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.........

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Old Nov 18, 2004, 08:47 PM   #7
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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
the carbus
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 09:10 PM   #8
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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
the carbus
Yeah, I noticed that - so one pic of a guy has his head cut off It might be one camera, and its automating the shot sequence...still pretty damn cool and the web interface is quite slick

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Old Nov 18, 2004, 09:12 PM   #9
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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.
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 09:15 PM   #10
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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 . . .

2.5Gpixels is approx 7.5GB file size as straight RGB values.
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 09:47 PM   #11
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I guess this guy finally got beat But, he did a better job with the stitching, as there aren't as many exposure differences.
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 10:13 PM   #12
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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 . . .

2.5Gpixels is approx 7.5GB file size as straight RGB values.
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.
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 10:28 PM   #13
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I found a Windmill
Also found a McDonalds
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 10:37 PM   #14
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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.
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 10:41 PM   #15
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Man this thing is addicting! If you look at some areas, you can see a difference in lighting where they spliced the many pics, but good job nonetheless.

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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.
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 10:58 PM   #17
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where is Waldo ?
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 11:05 PM   #18
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where is Waldo ?
He's right here, surgically spliced together with another guy on a bike.
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 11:08 PM   #19
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This automobile appears to be...

VANishing!
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The photo appears to have made a really ugly car...or maybe that's just the car...
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Here's the rest of the first guy's body...see! It wasn't missing...only misplaced!



OK I'm done.
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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
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 11:34 PM   #23
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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
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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


Oh, and LOL@ Mr ed
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