So, how did I make the London Gigapixel? Here are some answers. I will update this post from time to time, because I want this to be a “real” FAQ. Of course I can think of a few questions that people will ask, so I’ll start with those. If your question isn’t answered here, leave a comment, and I will add more questions/answers to this post on a regular basis.
How big is this image, really?
It is 400,000 x 200,000 pixels. If you printed it at 300dpi (that’s how you’d print your photos at the photo lab) it would be about 35 x 17 meters, or 100 x 50 feet.
Why did we make it?
Because it was nearly impossible!
How did we make it?
I used a digital SLR camera and a 400mm lens. I also used a special custom-built robotic camera mount, which moved the camera for me. This made shooting more bearable (but still really difficult).
I can read license plates and see faces! Isn’t that illegal?
The last time we checked, it is perfectly legal to practice the art of photography in most places on planet Earth. We have blurred out the faces of identifiable children, because as we understand it, it is a tremendous crime in the UK to photograph and publish images of children without the consent of their parents (unless you are a CCTV operator, then it’s perfectly alright ;-). We also blurred out one “naughty bit”.
Will you print this image? Can I see that?
We are currently looking for a client who would like to display a print of the London Gigapixel.
If you have any interest in this, please contact us.
Do you have more questions? Leave a comment!