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Sugar Loaf - 0.15 Terapix by The Rio de Janeiro - Hong Kong Connection

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The Rio de Janeiro - Hong Kong Connection The Rio de Janeiro - Hong Kong Connection
Explore score
152.41 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 13, 2010
Date taken
Jul 20, 2010

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see also Corcovado 67 processed

Gigapan Comments (152)

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  1. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (January 03, 2011, 02:23AM )

    It's not the biggest any more - www.gigapan.org/gigapans/66626/ is. Much bigger. There is also an interesting debate about how a gigapan "really is". It turns out that this is not an easy question to answer because, in essence, quality is subjective: one person's "crap" is another person's "wow - I'm amazed you even got that to stitch"

  2. MOorthuis

    MOorthuis (January 03, 2011, 02:08AM )

    Well it's the biggest panorama, but it's quality is totally crap. For me the 111 gigapixel of Sevilla is much sharper and nicer because of the nice colours etc. This image is only made to be the biggest but not the most nice one.

  3. Paige Carter

    Paige Carter (December 24, 2010, 01:06AM )

    Beautiful photos. You can use services editing.

  4. Alfred  Zhao

    Alfred Zhao (December 20, 2010, 01:46PM )

    I finally was able to stitch and upload my panorama as mentioned in the early post on this image, you may check it out at www.gigapan.org/gigapans/66626/

  5. David Engle

    David Engle (December 12, 2010, 02:50PM )

    As I had mentioned in an earlier GigaPan of yours, www.gigapan.org/gigapans/54825/ I hope to see such phenomenal work done on two GigaPans of Hong Kong, which both would be *awesome* Congrats on this current milestone.

  6. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (December 12, 2010, 01:44PM )

    This image is an amazing achievement - congratulations! I am also amazed that it is not No. 1 at gigapan.org. As to the comments about bigness, my own opinion is that gigapanography is *not* photography. The whole point of gigapans is to engage people in the world of others. Artistic merit is not necessary for this although it helps. What is more important (imo) is the amount of detail in the image - the more detail the more the "Wow" factor and hence the more peple that get involved in learning about other people's worlds. So provided the image is sharp then bigness is everything because that implies more detail.

  7. Vittorio Ghelfi

    Vittorio Ghelfi (December 05, 2010, 08:26PM )

    I would like to compliment the spectacular shooting, intended to make school for all photographers who come to this magnificent photographic technique that allows us to Gigapan do. Congratulations again! Bravissimo! Ghelfi Vittorio (Italy) Desidero complimentarmi per la spettacolare ripresa fotografica, destinata a fare scuola per tutti i fotografi che si avvicinano a questa magnifica tecnica fotografica che GIGAPAN ci permette di fare. Complimenti ancora! Bravissimo! Vittorio Ghelfi (Italia)

  8. mtoledo

    mtoledo (November 01, 2010, 05:26PM )


  9. Lucas M. Garcia Lukierou

    Lucas M. Garcia Lukierou (November 01, 2010, 03:48PM )

    Fantástico, simplesmente, fantástico, sou um amante da fotografia, adorei esta, meus Parabéns a quem tanto trabalho levou a este final feliz. OBRIGADO por este presente.


    SAMUEL DAVID SINCLAIR (November 01, 2010, 10:51AM )

    Hallo Good Photo, but size is not everything. I think you can make this picture 16 times smaller, without loosing something. I do it also with my Panoramas. I make the new ones 4 or 16 times smaller. You can save time in postprocessing and the upload time is match faster. Also the gigapan server will like you, for this. But sometimes I think, maybe some people don't look at my pictures because the are only 0.5 Gigapixel big. But acutely the were 8 Gigapixel big. I think it would be good when gigapan would measure the information (Contrast between pixels) in the picture and not only the pixels-count. And display the Information-count. If the transition Quality is good or bad, can everybody see, most of the time, easily. But how much Information the Photo really has, is very difficult to see, because the Photos are so big. Also Gigapan could save disk-space and energy. Because people would downsize the Panoramas by them self. What are you thinking, or do they work on this anyway.

  11. PU1JFC

    PU1JFC (October 27, 2010, 12:36PM )

    THIS IS THE WORD'S LARGEST PHOTO. Esta é a maior fotografia do mundo. Made in Brazil. À paz... saudações (Greetings...!) Parabéns" (Congratulations!) A maior foto do mundo tem 152 gigapixels. Mede a altura de um prédio e a largura de dois quarteirões. Feita no Brasil, por um grupo de pesquisadores do Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (Impa), no Rio de Janeiro. O grupo liderado pelo fotógrafo e matemático Luiz Velho quebrou duas vezes a barreira da maior foto do mundo. A primeira foi uma foto do Corcovado com 67 gigapixels. E a segunda, uma imagem do Pão de Açúcar que tem mais do que o dobro disso. "Nós pensamos 'vamos ver onde podemos chegar, qual é o limite da resolução na fotografia, o quanto de detalhes é possível capturar com um equipamento digital'", explica Velho, que já foi fotógrafo profissional e câmera de cinema antes de se dedicar à matemática. Para gerar a maior foto do mundo, foram necessárias seis mil imagens de 18 megapixels cada, em um processo de captura que levou mais de quatro horas. A equipe usou uma Canon T2i, um robô Epic Pro que facilita a captura das imagens e um software de sincronização para juntar as milhares de imagens em um mesmo panorama. Todos os envolvidos no instituto são pesquisadores renomados em matemática e computação, e se reuniram em 20 de julho sob "condições perfeitas" para aquela foto. Tatiana Mello Dias. Elevando o nome do Brazil bem alto . . . (Elevating the name of Brazil loudly . . .). PU1JFC ™ © cruzradio.blogspot.com Will open in
a new tab or window pu1jfc@yahoo.com.br

  12. jeffrey martin

    jeffrey martin (October 25, 2010, 11:39AM )

    I'll agree with Xrez - This image is not an accomplishment, at least, not in the way it has been intended to be. Jeffrey Martin

  13. xRez Studio

    xRez Studio (October 25, 2010, 10:58AM )

    Just as a point of reference we shot from this exact same spot a couple of years ago with a 300mm lens and a 21 Megapixel 1Ds Mark III. goo.gl/rwx0 Will open in
a new tab or window. Our viewer will only zoom into a 1:1 pixel ratio and the gigapan viewer zooms to 2:1 or 3:1 feel free to take a snap shot of ours scale it and compare it to this image. My eyes judge it as being very close to the same amount of detail. Although this image has a bit more depending on where you look. I'll dig around and see if I can find my original stitch file but I think we were at around 5 gigapixels. (our sky doesn't count for res since it was 35mm images scaled to match the res of the ground)

  14. Brad Templeton

    Brad Templeton (October 06, 2010, 04:26PM )

    The Questar was a pretty good scope but most Mak's don't have a very flat field. In general I think somebody will make a 1TP using a telescope but they will want to use a field flattener or expensive telescope that actually produces a sharp field over a good range on their camera. I just ordered an R-C telescope and I am curious as to how it will be for photography. Many telescopes of course come with fancy motorized mounts and there is even software to control some of them for panos. Obviously the gigapan epic won't hold the big ones though it might hold a Questar.

  15. Dave Belcher

    Dave Belcher (October 06, 2010, 04:07PM )

    I have a Questar Seven with a prime focal length of 2540 mm. If I can connect a digital camera to it I may be able to exceed the 1 Terapixel threshold. Mind you, I'll need to add a bigger memory card and a couple of big hard drives :-)) The optics of the Questar are diffraction limited to ~.65 arc-seconds. It has a Cervit mirror. Focal ratio f/13.6

  16. Gerald Donovan

    Gerald Donovan (October 06, 2010, 07:18AM )

    @nodalninja 1TP is a long way off. Rio-HK are shooting at 800mm on what I believe is the highest pixel density sensor currently on the market. Shoot a 360*60 and you're looking at around 0.3TP. You realistically can't increase the focal length - some would argue 800mm on a crop sensor is too long already, so to hit 1TP this way, you'll have to wait for the crop sensors to hit around 50GP, or FF sensors to hit 100GP. Some way off I reckon. Unless of course there's another way... ;)

  17. Dave Belcher

    Dave Belcher (October 05, 2010, 05:44AM )

    Quite the accomplishment! I'd like to try stitching this on my Mac laptop :-)) Although the image is great in terms of quantity, it certainly lacks overall quality. Try re-shooting it at a smaller scale and see if you can assemble a higher quality image...one worthy of printing.

  18. The Rio de Janeiro - Hong Kong Connection

    The Rio de Janeiro - Hong Kong Connection (October 03, 2010, 05:21AM )

    I agree! Perhaps we should measure the number of wavelet coefficients with high energy (disregarding noise).

  19. Brad Templeton

    Brad Templeton (October 02, 2010, 03:08PM )

    Actually, I don't think "original pixels" is all that relevant to these panos, all that matters is the stitched result, and not including any missing sections. But my view again is that total gigapixels is not the measurement. To do the proper measurement I think you would need to reduce any image until it qualifies as "sharp." That could be subjective but there are objective mans to do this, such as reaching a point where there is high contrast between adjacent or nearby pixels at many places in the image. Not that anybody here is doing this (except those who want to get past the 50mpix minimum) but clearly somebody trying to get maximum gigapix could just expand a picture as large as they like and declare it the largest. You really want to count the number of high-contrast gigapixels.

  20. The Rio de Janeiro - Hong Kong Connection

    The Rio de Janeiro - Hong Kong Connection (October 02, 2010, 02:48PM )

    Alfred, I am looking forward to test your application.

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Panorama size: 152407 megapixels (871708 x 174838 pixels)
Input images: 0 (0 columns by 0 rows)
Field of view: 221.5 degrees wide by 44.4 degrees high (top=12.5, bottom=-32.0)

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