Breaker Bay by Night The weather has been amazing in these parts lately, and since Milky Way season is in full swing, I thought I head out to the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand to see what I could photograph. I had a French film crew in town who was shooting a doco with me, so I invited one of them out with me that night. We arrived at the location just above a place called Breaker Bay, and could see the Milky Way spanning right across the sky from the east to the west. I set up a 220 degree panorama which I shooting on a Gigapan Epic Pro. The whole pano took around 20 minutes to shoot, so we just stood back to the right of frame and enjoyed the night sky above.


Click through to view this 230 megapixel mosaic of a marine diatom under a scanning electron microscope.  To create this mosaic, I took more than 200 images at 10,000x magnification.  Images at different focal planes were merged to increase the depth of field, and the composites were manually  stitched together in Photoshop.  In total I spent more than 18 hours of imaging and processing to produce the final mosaic. 

“Note To Self”, by PaulWilsonImagesNZ

I was at this spot the previous night shooting, Lake Coleridge, NZ- a 2 hour drive from Christchurch. I had to go back the next night as it was so beautiful. This time I remembered my waders! No cold wet legs for me! I probably wouldn’t have taken this selfie without them on, I had to stand still in the water for 10 minutes while the gigapan and camera shot the frames. I have hundreds of images to process from 4 days and nights shooting, I got about 10 hours sleep total. Gear: Canon 6D, Gigapan Epic Pro, Samyang 24mm Settings: 20s, ISO10k, f3.5 Process: Developed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom​, stitched with Kolor Autopano Giga​, processed in Adobe Photoshop​. Warm Sundowner Jacket from Macpac​.


A high resolution view

Here you have the most detailed single images ever taken of Earth (as opposed to the blue marble type ones usually stitched together from several satellite passes), snapped by Russia’s Elektro-L weather satellite sitting 35,000 km above the Indian Ocean. Taking a 121 mpx picture every half an hour (for a resolution of 1km per pixel), the data from May 14th 2011 was stitched together by an educator into this brief film of a day on Earth. The data includes infrared as well as the normal 3 visible wavelength bands, making the vegetation appear red as it also does on certain Landsat images. A gigapan image taken by the same bird is linked below, and gives you the opportunity to see how detailed it gets for yourself.


Image credit: James Tyrwhitt-Drake

Gigapan photo from the Elektra satellite, zoomable:


After seeing links to it over and over on my dash, I had to see what the fuss was all about. And - WOW - what an incredible “gigapan” image of Mt. Everest. The image is 2 gigapixels, which is huge. I picked out a few interesting ones, including a cave, weird geology, a peak, and tents.

My colleague Prof. Brian Helmuth of USC and I tried out his gigapan equipment this past summer in the Netherlands, but alas, we kept running out of time. You can see some of his gigapans of ocean/shore ecosystems, here.

A Gigapan system is really a simple robot on a tripod that you mount your camera on to. It’s not difficult, but does take a lot of time to set up. The robot pivots up and down, taking several pictures in sequence. Once it’s finished, software stitches the photographs together. Anyone can do it. You can see bigger(!) gigapan pictures of Paris, Dubai, Machu Picchu, etc., here.

This picture of Mt. Everest is part of climate research project, documenting the effects of climate change on the mountain. From The Guardian:

Filmmaker and climate-change campaigner David Breashears spent this spring taking around 400 images of Everest and its near neighbours from a vantage point above base camp through a 300mm lens. Now he’s released them digitally stitched together to form one image – click here to see the full image.

The result is a stunning panoramic photograph of the Everest region – with a twist. You can zoom in on specific areas and see the roof of the world in extraordinary detail. From a distance small colourful dots mark the location of base camp. Zooming in, you can pick out each tent clearly – and a man bending down as he washes his face.

The high definition also allows viewers to examine the mountain’s icefall – and even pick out climbers descending between terrifying ice cliffs and crevasses. Think of it as an extreme, alpine version of Where’s Wally.

Breashears, who turns 57 tomorrow, set up GlacierWorks ( five years ago to produce imagery highlighting the impact of climate change in the Himalayas. He knows Everest well, having directed the hit IMAX film about the peak and reached the summit himself five times.

But even he finds himself poring over his creation with renewed interest. “I find things I’ve never noticed before, especially on how climate change is affecting the mountain.”

By comparing his panorama with photographs from the 1950s, Breashears has been able to pinpoint just how much ice is gone from the mountain: “There are 49,000 glaciers in the Himalayas and most are showing a dramatic and accelerated melt rate.”

Via The Guardian


The interior single cell in the brain, freeze fractured to reveal its organelles and imaged with a scanning electron microscope.  The nucleus is purple, DNA is pink, endoplasmic reticulum is green, ribosomes are blue, golgi apparatus is olive, vesicles are yellow, and mitochondria are red.  This image is part of a 600 megapixel mosaic, which can be seen in full resolution on gigapan.  The sample was prepared with the osmium maceration technique by Dr. Patrick Nahirney, and imaged, stitched and colorized by James Tyrwhitt Drake.

The Deep, by PaulWilsonImagesNZ

“I wonder, he said, if the stars are lit up so that, one day, we can all find our own” - Taken from - “Le Serpent (The Snake)” This is probably the most intense panorama I have put out. Shot at Castle Hill, NZ, right at the pond. I used LRGB processing to bring out details from the deep. 28 shot panorama 4x7 shots. It looks far better in the original resolution which is about 35,000 pixels wide. This is one I want to print BIG. Shot with the help of the Gigapan Epic Pro. Processed with the guidance of Ian Normans’ LonelySpeck tutorial. Please give this some love if you like it, feel free to share.

Photographer David Breashears of GlacierWorks was on All Things Considered Monday to talk about a new way of photographing the Himalayan region: By stitching together 400-plus images into one giant, zoomable, interactive image — or a “gigapan” containing more than a billion pixels.

He and his team just sent us something even cooler that they’re currently working on: a Mount Everest you can explore, containing an estimated 3.8 billion pixels!

Click through to explore Everest

Photo Credit: David Breashears of GlacierWorks 

Gigapan Part Deux

We may have come up short of a one gigapixel image in our last attempt, but we were not going to let that happen again.  This time, with 1232 pictures comprising the final product, our image not only reached a gigapixel, it nearly reached four.  At 3.74 gigapixels, we believe it is the largest composite image of the drillfield at Virginia Tech ever taken.  Taken from what was approximated to be the center of the drillfield, it took about an hour and a half to take all of the pictures necessary.

One issue that you will likely notice is issues with stithing people and moving vehicles together properly.  There are quite a few examples in the image where only half a truck or half a person shows up.  On a busy campus, it is very hard to avoid.  Otherwise, this 360 degree view of the drillfield is pretty well stitched together.  Let us know what you think!


And here is a link to see it bigger!

See these photos from yesterday’s Chicago Bears game? They are from the same image. One zoomed out, one zoomed in.


That’s the power of gigapan and that’s what we have here from Chicago Tribune photojournalist Chris Walker.

Click here to see it. Were you there? Can you spot yourself? Maybe there’s someone with nacho cheese on his or her face.

今週(6月19日)発売の週刊アスキー2012/7/3号、特集『ギガ写真を自作する』から。上の写真はみんなが撮影したギガピクセル写真が共有公開されているサイト『GigaPan』の紹介コラム。たしかにこのサイトは見ていて飽きません。時間のたつのを忘れていろんな写真を拡大しまくっちゃう。ぜひ見てみて! iPad用のアプリ『GigaPan for iPad』もあるよ。

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The Human Genome

click the play button to view the zoom-able image.

click or scroll to zoom in and see it in its entirety.


So InnovationSpace got a GigaPan and of course the first thing we had to do was play with it. For those of you who do not know what a GigaPan is, it is a mechanism that takes a bunch of pictures of an area and splices them together in one giant picture. When we took this picture, we were hoping to reach 1 gigapixel resolution. That’s 1000 megapixels. Unfortunately, we fell just short at 878 MP. Still turned out pretty cool though. The software is not perfect but I think it did a damn good job considering it spliced 288 pictures together to get the panarama you see below. So go ahead, zoom in. See what a (nearly) one gigapixel picture looks like. We’re going for the gigapixel again on Monday, when we’ll do a 360 degree shot from the center of the Drillfield.

Here’s the link to view it larger: