World’s largest photograph as big as a soccer field

By Lindsay de Freitas
03 June 2015

A photograph of the world’s 11th tallest mountain, Europe’s Mont Blanc, is the world’s largest photograph at an enormous 365 gigapixels.

A photograph of the world’s 11th tallest mountain, Europe’s Mont Blanc, is the world’s largest photograph at an enormous 365 gigapixels.

To put the picture’s size in perspective, the image's resolution is about 45 000 times greater than a photograph snapped with an 8-megapixel iPhone 6. In fact; if the entire image were printed out at 300dpi it would be as large as a soccer field.

The photograph beats the record held by a 2013 bird’s-eye-view of the city of London which was 320 gigapixels in size.

An international team which was led by Italian photographer Filippo Blengini took 35 hours of continuous shooting to capture the peak in all its glory. The five-member team spent two weeks in late 2014 in the French Alps at an altitude of 3500 metres enduring below-freezing temperatures to create the panoramic image which is comprised of 70 000 individual photos.

"We just wished to represent it as it shows to our eyes: major beauty, astonishing magnitude, pure elation," photographer Filippo Blengini said.

"We were brave, crazy and ambitious enough to think about a gigapanoramic picture, to seize every single detail of the mountain."

Post production took an entire two months of stitching together the 46 terabytes of imagery. The panoramic snap features plenty of hidden detail such as two mountain climbers scaling the rock-face and a cable car travelling across the mountain.

See the full, interactive photograph on the website: www.in2white.com

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