About the project

Find out more about the creation of Paris 26 gigapixels:

Making of: step 3, the rendering
Making of step 2, the stitching of Paris
Making of: step 1, the shooting
Paris 26 Gigapixels as lived by its photographer Arnaud Frich

What is Paris 26 Gigapixels?

Paris 26 Gigapixels is the name of the biggest assembled panoramic image of the world. It shows Paris in a very high definition. A gigapixel is 1 billion pixels! The image is a stitching of more than 2000 individual photos. Paris 26 Gigapixels has been shot on September 8th, 2009 and is now available for eveyone at http://www.paris-26-gigapixels.com.

Why 26 Gigapixels?

Just imagine what can be done with 26 billion pixels… On the website http://www.paris-26-gigapixels.com, everyone can visit Paris and see on a single image all famous monuments of the French capital. The Eiffel tower, the Louvre, Beaubourg, Notre Dame de Paris, and many more. Thanks to very deep zooming capabilities, the smallest details of Paris monuments are at anyone’s reach. What’s more, Paris 26 Gigapixels can be printed on a 6500 sq.ft support whilst keeping an excellent quality!

Who is involved?

  • Kolor, a young innovative company based in the French Alps, is the world reference in the image-stitching solutions. Its software Kolor Autopano was used to automatically assemble the 2346 photos composing the Paris 26 Gigapixels image.
  • Arnaud Frich is the most famous panoramic photographer in France. He is also a trainer in panoramic photography and virtual tours. His website proposes a comprehensive guide about panoramic photography. He is the author of books and a training DVD on panoramic photography.
  • Martin Loyer is a photographer specialized in extraordinary cityscapes. Traveling into the various strata of the city, from above the roofs to the underground passages and tunnels, he gives value to unknown or hidden places.

Where can I find the image?

Paris 26 Gigapixels was shot on September 8th, 2009 and is now available on the website http://www.paris-26-gigapixels.com.

What about the technique?

Paris 26 Gigapixels was shot with very unique hardware: 2 Canon 5D Mark II (21.1 MP) each with a 300 mm f4.0 with a tele converter in order to get a  600mm /f8.0 needed to beat the record, mounted on a custom-made panoramic head.

The images were then stitched with the program Autopano Giga.

Custom-made motorized panoramic head

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