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I can see why someone would want to do this. After all, people compete to see how many cockroaches can be eaten in a sitting (36 by Ken Edwards, Great Britain), books can be typed backward (67 by Michele Santelia, Italy), and the shortest time to pluck a turkey (90 seconds by Vincent Pilkington, Ireland). What I don’t understand is why Dresden? There’s probably a less interesting place on the planet, but I’m hard pressed at the moment to imagine where it might be. Still, there’s now a 26 gigapixel image of Dresden in all its glory, and it now stands as the world’s largest.
The picture was manufactured by A.F.B. media GmbH. It was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II camera with a 400mm lens. It is comprised of 1,665 full format, 21.4 megapixel images. Using a robot atop the Haus der Presse building, all the snapshots that make up the final image were captured in 3 hours, 52 minutes. Another 94 hours were needed to stitch together the 102 GB of raw data, using a computer with 48 GB of memory and 16 CPUs.
The completed image is 297,500 pixels by 97,500 pixels. To view the complete image would take the equivalent of 13,558 1600x1200 monitors. And at 26 gigapixels, this image of Dresden is 1.5 times larger than the previous record holder, a 17.2 gigapixel image of Yosemite National Park.
Still, for all the niftiness in this technological feat, couldn’t it have been someplace other than Dresden?
Image Credit: A.F.B. media GmbH