Massive Mont Blanc Gigapixel Image Is World's Biggest Photo
A stunning, zoomable 365 gigapixel image of Mont Blanc has become the world's largest photograph and even better for outdoor types, you can zoom right in to pick out tiny details including individual climbers and a construction site where a a new telepherique station is taking shape.
The image, taken by a team of five led by Italian photographer Filippo Blengini, consists of around 70,000 individual photos stitched together. The pictures took some 35 hours to take at an altitude of around 3,500 metres in late 2014. If you were to print the images - good luck with that one - at a resolution of 300dpi, it would be roughly the same size as a football field.
Zoom In - Hot Tip
All very impressive, but for most of us, the real interest is in being able to zoom in and out of the huge image and pick out individual details. To get you started though, heres a tip: in the bottom left corner of the image are four red dots, just click on them to show zoomable highlights including climbers crossing a glacier, that construction site, a mountain refuge perched above a glacier and even an eagle captured in flight. Stunning stuff.
Or click on the 'Tour' icon next to it and take in some more details.
The In2white team has more up its sleeve as well. If you spot yourself in the photo, you can let them know, but future developments also include a panorama from a different view, named peaks and climbing routes.
Making Of - Video
You can also find a whole bunch of background info on the site including a video showing how the images was produced and dozens of stills showing the photoshoot and equipment involved.
See The Image
You can see the Mont Blanc massif gigapixel image at www.in2white.com
Everest In Gigapixels
For more astonishing, zoomable mountain photography, check out the extraordinary multi-gigapixel image of Everest where you can take in the full, astonishing extent of base camp and spot individual climbers in the Khumbu Icefall and above on the slopes of the mountain.