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66 Megapixels Of New York City by ayembee 66 Megapixels Of New York City by ayembee
"When I look up at all these buildings and I think about the people who
live in them, I only have one question, 'where do they all barbeque?'"

~Overheard in New York [link]

from the same new york series as So Good They Named It Twice. this image was taken standing on the balcony of friends i stayed with on my final evening there, on the west side of manhatten, towards the the top of broadway. took the photo from their balcony early in the morning, around 30 stories up...
this shot is an experiment in high-resolution landscape/cityscape photography. the actual resolution of this piece is an enormous 11993x5523 pixels (66.24 megapixels), and 40 individual photographs were used to create it, each of which was 6.3 megapixels. when saved as an LZW-compressed TIFF the filesize is 100MB, and to view it on my computer takes around 750MB of memory. i shot each photo with a reasonable bit of overlap to help with the final stitching and exposure blending, and the interesting sweep of perspective, most visible on the right hand side, comes about because the angle of view is roughly 160 degrees.

very satisfied with the outcome; stitching together so many photos with no visible joins (and matching exposures) is not entirely trivial, and i'm pretty happy with the composition. to give you an idea, 66MP means that you could print this photo one metre wide at 300dpi with no enlarging. alternatively, you would need sixty 1280x1024 monitors to show the image at 1:1 resolution -- at which point you can count the individual bricks on the closest buildings! :faint:

as far as i can tell, this is the highest-resolution photo featured on DA so far. does anyone know of anything larger? highest resolution i've seen apart from this include an impressive 64.8MP image, a 45.5MP image, and a 32MP effort...

full resolution file now available! [link]

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DavisImages Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing...oh...and check out what I found when I was scanning through the photo.
vouloir Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007   General Artist
whoa. awesome piece.
ayembee Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
thx! certainly made my computer grind and whir stitching that bad boy together... :)
think it needed about 6GB of temporary space to marshall all the intermediate stages!
brendangillatt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007   Photographer
Ohhh nice! Another panoramist!
samukawalker Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
You dont mind if I use it for the wallpaper of my room, do you? *_*

ayembee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
go for it :)
paellamagi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Holy shit this looks FANTASTIC. =) Love it to bits.
sXady Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
this is really great! i like it a lot!
Pho-Par Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006   Photographer
Favourite just for the technicality of it let alone its visual splendour....
ayembee Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
cheers! digital magic... sort of thing that would be immeasurably harder to do with film cameras, heh :D
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