What do you get when you combine Canon EOS-5D Mk II
, 400mm lens and top of "Haus der Presse" building? A.F.B. media GmbH
teamed up with Sachische Zeitug
, and created world's largest picture.
On a roof of the "Haus der Presse" http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Haus_der_Presse,_Dresden
[House of Journalism] building in Dresden, Germany, representatives of A.F.B. media placed a Canon EOS-5D Mk II digital camera equipped with a 400mm lens on a robotic arm. That Robot took pictures of a Dresden panorama for 172 minutes straight, resulting in 1,665 photos. Each photo contained 21.4 Megapixels of data [by default, EOS-5D gives out 21Mpixel image i.e. 5616 x 3744 pixels - but A.F.B. media GmbH used almost all of 22Mpixels thanks to Full-Frame sensor
, Ed.].The end result was 102 GB of images, stitched together on a heavy-duty quad-socket workstation packing 16 processing cores and 48 GB of memory. For this daunting task, it took 92 hours of full 100% CPU load across all cores but the result of this is a staggering image in a majestic 297,500 x 87,500 pixel resolution - 26 Gigapixels.
According to claims by both A.F.B. media GmbH and Sachische Zeitung, this image is the biggest picture ever. You can see this photo on the project's web page
. We must say that this is one VERY IMPRESSIVE image.
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