The world's largest photograph

BoyBach

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Feb 24, 2006
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I know some people like to enlarge photos of themselves and their cherished offspring to fill a few feet on a wall but what if the photograph was bigger than your entire house, and maybe the ones on either side too?

This is the world’s largest photograph, measuring 28-ft tall and 108-ft wide. It’s of the 5,000-acre Marine Corps Station El Toro, a decommissioned military base that is being converted into hundreds of acres of parkland, museum district, sports complex and thousands of suburban homes in Orange County, California.

To take the world’s biggest photo required the world’s biggest camera – a disused airplane hangar. The team created a massive camera obscura by hanging the canvas - covered in 80-litres of silver halide solution - in the darkened hangar. They then exposed it through an aperture just 1in wide, 15-ft above the ground for 10-days. When done, they developed it in an Olympic sized swimming pool with 600 gallons of developer.

The result: an ancient-looking blurry shot of the airfield and control tower.
Gizmodo Link

The Legacy Photo Project


28-ft tall by 108-ft wide. :eek:
 

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combatcolin

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Oct 24, 2004
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Looks, well sort of crap eh?

When i read this on teletext i imagined a massive pristine colour image the size of New Zealand, not a blurry black and white fuzz-a-rama image.

Still, makes interesting reading.
 

robPOD

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Jun 19, 2006
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Looks, well sort of crap eh?

When i read this on teletext i imagined a massive pristine colour image the size of New Zealand, not a blurry black and white fuzz-a-rama image.

Still, makes interesting reading.
Hey I live in New Zealand:cool:
 

killerrobot

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Jun 7, 2007
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The biggest photo in the world, and it's not of boobies?

I call fake.*
(* the photo, not the boobies)
They couldn't get her to stand in the exact same position for ten days so it came out so blurry it just looked Dick Chaney with his shirt off.

So they went with Plan B, the above photo.
 

FoxyKaye

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El Toro... El Toro... Hmm. Ah, yes! I remember now. That "photo" is a fake because El Toro was destroyed back in 1996 during the alien invasion that Will Smith had to fight off. It's in that documentary film, Independence Day. This was a year before Will Smith started working for the government and erased all our memories of the event.

:p

Neat idea though - I found myself wondering similarly about the swimming pool filled with photo developing chemicals.
 

bocomo

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Jun 29, 2007
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they avoided talking about chemical disposal on the legacy proj website, go figure.

the exposure was "only" 35 minutes by the way (i know, still too long for boobies)

i think it needs more contrast