History of photography: Niepce shots
NIEPS (Niepce) Nicephore (full name Joseph Nicephorus) (March 7, 1765, Chalon-sur-Saone, France - July 5, 1833, ibid.), French inventor, one of the creators of photography. For the first time (1820s)…

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First photos
The first photo, which has survived to this day, belongs to the French inventor Joseph Niepce. The frame, which he called "View from the Window", he managed to get in…

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Tsarist Russia in colors: how Prokudin-Gorsky created color photographs more than 100 years ago
The Russian Empire was famous for talented people in various fields. There were outstanding photographers in Russia. The pioneer of world color photography, Prokudin-Gorsky, is known as the owner of…

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The absolute champion in the size of composite photos is NASA. In 2014, the agency published a 681-gigapixel panorama of the moon. On June 18, 2009, NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) orbital probe to map the surface of the moon and collect measurements of potential landing sites in the future, as well as for scientific purposes.

Photo panorama of Mont Blanc – 365 Gpk.
At the end of 2014, an international team of professional photographers headed by Filippo Blenigny created a circular panorama of the mountain range between France and Italy – Mont Blanc, the second highest mountain in Europe after Elbrus.

It consists of 70 thousand photos! The photos were taken with a Canon EOS 70D camera with a Canon EF 400mm f / 2.8 II IS telephoto lens and a Canon Extender 2X III extender. The creators of the giant panorama claim that if you print it on paper, it will be the size of a football field. Today it is the largest gigapixel photograph taken on the ground.

Photo panorama of London – 320 Gpk.
The panorama was assembled from 48,640 individual shots taken by four Canon 7D cameras and posted on the Web in February 2013. Preparation for the experiment took several months, and the shooting took place over four days. Pictures taken by British Telecom from the top of the BT Tower, located in central London on the north bank of the Thames. Photographed by 360cities.net panoramic photography experts Jeffrey Martin, Holger Schulze and Tom Mills.

Photo panorama of Rio de Janeiro – 152.4 Gpc.
The panorama was taken on July 20, 2010 and consists of 12,238 photographs. Uploading the final image to the gigapan.org website took almost three months from the author!

Tokyo Photo Panorama – 150GPK. For
The panorama author is Jeffrey Martin, founder of 360cities.net. Panorama was created from 10 thousand different pictures taken from the viewing platform of the Tokyo Tower television tower. When creating it, the photographer used the Canon EOS 7D DSLR and the robotic machine Clauss Rodeon. It took two days to get 10 thousand frames, and three months to bring them into one panorama.

Photo panorama of the Arches National Park – 77.9 Gpk.
Panorama author – Alfred Zhao. “Arches” – a national park that is located in the United States, Utah. There are more than two thousand arches formed by nature from sandstone. To create a panorama it took 10 days of processing, 6 TB of free space on the hard disk and two days of downloading the final image to the site. The photo was taken in September 2010.

Photo panorama of Budapest – 70 Gpk.
In 2010, a team of enthusiasts sponsored by Epson, Microsoft and Sony created the largest 360-degree panoramic photo in the world at that time. The project was named “70 billion pixels of Budapest.” A 70-gigapixel photograph was taken four days from the city’s 100-year observation tower. Panorama was more than 590 thousand pixels in width and 121 thousand pixels in height, and the total number of images – about 20 thousand. Unfortunately, now the link to it does not work.

Photo panorama on Mount Corcovado – 67 Gpk.
This photograph was taken on Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located. The photo panorama was made in July 2010 and was created from 6223 frames.

Vienna photo panorama – 50 Gpk.
The gigapixel photo panorama of the Austrian capital of Vienna was created in the summer of 2010. For its production took 3,600 shots, but the result was worth it.

Photo panorama of Marburg – 47 Gpk.
Marburg is a university town, with a population of about 78 thousand. It took 5,000 shots for the panorama, which were taken with a Nikon D300 camera with a Sigma 50–500 mm lens from a 36-meter high tower. Each of the photos has a size of 12.3 Mpc. It took the author 3 hours 27 minutes to shoot, and the total amount of information received by him took 53.8 GB on the hard disk.

Milky Way – 46 Gpk.
For five years, a group of astronomers from the Ruhr University, using an observatory located in the Chilean Atacama Desert, watched our galaxy and created a giant photo of 46 billion pixels from the images of the Milky Way. The image weighs 194 GB.

Photo panorama of Dubai – 44.8 Gpk.
Panorama author – Gerald Donovan. Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. To create a panorama, a Canon 7D camera with a 100-400 mm lens was used. The author worked more than three hours on the 37-degree heat and took 4250 photos.

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