After three days of shooting, ten thousand photos taken, and a huge amount of work, the London 80 Gigapixel Panorama is finished and online…
It is the largest 360° ever made to date… Be sure to zoom in all the way!
If you want to publish anything about this image in your blog, newspaper, or anywhere else, here is The Press Release. If you want some screenshots / images from this panorama, you can download the media package.
This image is, I would say, the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced as a photographer, and the finished product is certainly one of the highlights of my photographic career. That said, it’s far from perfect, and those of you who want to seek our imperfections in the image will have no problem doing so. (To save those folks the trouble, I have chronicled some of the problems and shortcomings of the image in another post.)
If you want, you can also read a general FAQ about the making of the London 80 Gigapixel image.
You can also read about how to make panoramas yourself. It’s easy
As we’ve mentioned on the Gigapixel Page, we will have three competitions in conjunction with the release of this image.
The first two competitions “treasure hunt” type games, and will require you to find stuff in the image, and be quick. If you are, you can win either some camera / computer bags from Crumpler, or a 27 inch LCD Monitor from Fujitsu! You can read about these treasure hunts over on the Gigapixel Page.
The third competition, launching in beginning of December, is something new, and I’m not sure it’s even been done before, which is really exciting! It is a storytelling competition. Using the London Gigapixel image, you’ll be able to write your own story, using parts of the London Gigapixel image itself – zoom in (or out) on any part of the image, put a sentence (or more) there, and repeat, until you have a story. Publish this story to the Web; you and your friends can vote on the best stories, and win more than $3000 in holiday-related prizes from Urban Adventures and Homeaway.
Last but not least, please read my Special Thanks – I was only able to make this image (and learn how I might do it) because lots of people have helped me!