By Jennie WaltersPosted 04.21.2011 at 5:35 pm 7 Comments
In 2009, we marveled at GigaPan, technology that sews together hundreds of photos to make a ultra-high-res image that you can zoom in and out of. Now GigaPan has introduced Time Machine -- which adds the miracle of time-lapse photography to create gigapixel-scale videos that you can play forwards and backwards in a range of speeds.
Remember when 5 megapixels was hi-res? Today photographer Gerald Donovan takes resolution to astounding new heights, announcing the composition of a 45-gigapixel panoramic landscape of Dubai that, if printed, would be the size of nearly 1,200 billboards.
Try this: See that bright blue sign on the far wall? Can you read it? Double-click it. Can you read it now? Now move in again. And again.
This impressive panorama is actually a collection of 592 distinct photos, shot with a Canon Powershot with a 360mm zoom, and the help of a nifty gadget called the GigaPan Epic. Plop your camera into the device and it will automatically take between 20 and several hundred slightly overlapping pictures of a scene. The GigaPan software stitches them together for you into one massive, ultra-detailed, thousands-of-megapixels collage.