The largest spherical panoramic photograph in the world is launched today, starring London as viewed from Centre Point.
Jeffrey Martin, a panoramic photographer and the Founder of 360Cities.net, took more than 10,000 photos over 3 days using a 400mm lens (ie. a really, really, super-long lens). Over the next six weeks he stitched 8000 of these photos together into one seamless 360 degree spherical panoramic photo using a special, ultra powerful 12 core, 192GB ram computer (that’s about 100X more RAM than you probably have in the computer you’re reading this on). The image of London, at 360cities.net/london has a total resolution of 80 gigapixels, or 80 billion pixels.
The screenshots give you some idea of the detail in what is the highest-resolution view of any city that has ever been captured. Not only is the sweep and scale of the panorama dizzying, you can zoom in and check out what tourists are wearing at the British Museum and peer into bedroom windows at Central St Giles (is that a Spongebob Squarepants pillow?).
Explore the panorama for yourself at 360cities.net/london.