It took 172 minutes on a rooftop to shoot 1655 overlapping 21.6 megapixel images and 94 hours to stitch them together. The result is not only a mind blowing 26 gigapixel view of Dresden, Germany, but also the world’s biggest photo. You can click on the image here for a slightly bigger version or follow the link for the super-dee-duper huge original interactive view, which you can scroll and zoom through for the full effect.
You might want to argue that – “if you can’t take it all in at once, what’s the big deal? Wouldn’t Google earth have the largest ‘photo’ since it has an interactive view of the entire globe stitched together? This is not a gigapixel photo, this is a gigapixel collage.” Whatever it may be, I’m still enjoying the phrase “largest gigapixel photograph”. Detail was precisely the point of the image. Further, simply because you have no immediate use for this detail does not mean its pointless and certainly not a desert. Its all still there when you zoom back in. The detail on the facade of a building does not cease to exist just because you get in your car and drive a mile away. This is an attempt to record that. To have the naked eye view and the telescopic view in one set of images.
I’m not sure how it compares in size to all the regular gigapixel photographs. But no doubt it’s much bigger than the smallest gigapixel photograph. In other news, a ton of bricks actually does weigh more than a ton of feathers. 😉