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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...
:sun:
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]

=ayembee
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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.
[link]
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vouloir Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007   General Artist
whoa. awesome piece.
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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!
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brendangillatt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007   Photographer
Ohhh nice! Another panoramist!
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samukawalker Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
You dont mind if I use it for the wallpaper of my room, do you? *_*


Pleeeeeeeease...
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:iconayembee:
ayembee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
go for it :)
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paellamagi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Holy shit this looks FANTASTIC. =) Love it to bits.
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sXady Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
this is really great! i like it a lot!
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Pho-Par Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006   Photographer
Favourite just for the technicality of it let alone its visual splendour....
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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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xdesign Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
this something far beyond amazement.. this is something that my home town Dubai is gonna look like somehow in the near future :) ... really tint
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:iconayembee:
ayembee Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
yeah, i hear dubai is building like crazy... amazing looking buildings turning up all the time! (and what's with the indoor skiing center?!) :D
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xdesign Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
the indoor skiing .. is more like a slope for people to enjoy skiing in a very huge cold place .. It is located in 3 levels mall, which the indoor skiing is just taking 1/4 portion of this mall and it is 3 levels tall... I went there ones and it feels like you are in real skiing place… :)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Professional Photographer
Even at that size, it looks great. I really like this white glowing sky :nod:
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ayembee Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006
thank you! the full res version is available too if you want a look at what the full 66MP gets you. [link] :)

i was thinking that the tones might make it perfect for an aluminium print. ever seen those before? a friend let me know about this place. pretty reasonable prices and some interesting printing options!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006  Professional Photographer
I'm gonna try the full view ;)
I haven't heard of these prints I am not sure but I think you will maybe need to darken the image because I think there will not be enough ink to fix on the support otherwise. Well, ask you friend about it but I think that subtle bright tones might be lost.
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ayembee Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
true... i just love the idea of a metal print!
it would probably look best as an MDF-mounted canvas print i think :)

do you print many of your images by the way? i've printed such a small number... so easy for the images to stay locked up on the computer when shooting digital...
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006  Professional Photographer
I usually print all of my series on A4 paper... so it's a large amount of them :)
I'm doing this in a lab: it's expensive but I don't have to worry about printing 100 pictures and I receive the prints two days after :)
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am-y Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful, and it looks like a pencil sketch :wow:
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:iconayembee:
ayembee Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2006
thanks! kinda does doesn't it?! nice varied tones from light to dark... was thinking it might look good as a large canvas print :)
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am-y Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:

:w00t:
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rotane Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006   General Artist
I got one at 36MPixel (the dA version is slightly smaller thou ;)), I think it was 25 photos in a row, so I got 23.618x1.524..

You also used just Photoshop to get this? REALLY impressive! :wow:
*goes off to D/L the real thing*
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ayembee Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006
23,000 pixels wide?? not bad! i actually used all kinds of digital trickery here -- didn't use photoshop once; have you come across the following: PanoTools, Hugin, Autopano-SIFT, and enblend? mixture of those... PTGui looks very good too, though it's not free...

if you download the full-size image it's crazy just how much you can zoom in everywhere...

:salute:
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zimdollar Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
I use PTGui, it is AMAZING! Kicks PanoTools out of the water. The best thing is that it's fast, and it really works. You can try the trial out for free.
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rotane Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006   General Artist
Yeah, I noticed some stitches on the full-size. :P But yeah, it really is impressive! :nod:

I like to always use Photoshop, unless it's multi-row or indoor-shots (none of those have found their way on dA yet, however) then I take hugin, but wasn't always pleased with the results. But I'll check out the rest of those, cheers! :thumbsup:
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ayembee Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006
you use enblend though at the end? i find that's what really pulls it all together; it's the secret sauce so that it all looks coherently exposed :)

i may go in by hand and tweak the few small stitching giveaways, but fortunately they're pretty subtle. there's a wall with varying focus, and a few rows of bricks on a building blurred together at a weird angle, but i can live with it ;)
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rotane Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2006   General Artist
I think I used enblend, but I'm not sure. I always got some ugly overlappings, especially on indoor-panos, but that's mainly because of the parallax, so I sorta have to dig in with Photoshop anyway.

Yeah, I found the one blurry source photo, happened to me too. But it's subtle enough :)
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aphaits Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
*utterly amazed*

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*still amazed*

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friggin 66mbpx?!
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ayembee Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006
heh. if the scenery allows, it gives me the confidence to have a go at 100MP one of these days... was an interesting experiment! :mwahaha:
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aphaits Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
go for the whole GIG :D
360o madness!
in HDRI!!!

...

:P
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furryomnivore Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
can we see a .jpg full res in a .zip file for download?
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:iconayembee:
ayembee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
was thinking that might be a possibility, but i don't have hosting for such a ridiculously large file... (come to think of it, i don't actually have access to any hosting!) :|
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furryomnivore Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
a .jpg should only be like 20MB yea? That's fine for uploading to DA. Just put it in a .zip file and submit it as the file for this.
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ayembee Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2006
kinda like... this?! :D
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furryomnivore Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2006
woo!
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RedFlames Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've done a good job of stitching all those images together but to me it's a bit too bright. I agree though it would make nice (and :censored: huge) print.
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ayembee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
well, i guess brightness depends on the monitor, but even then it can just be toned down with curve/brightness filters to suit your taste ;)

but thanks! i was curious if it could be made to work on that sort of scale with a home pc and that many images... not something i've tried before. given the right circumstances i may well create even larger images in the future.
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pabh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
wow, that is a stunning piece of work. very visually arresting, and a technical tour de force as well. Congratulations. i think it would look awesome printed.
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ayembee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
cheers pabh; there is definitely a strong temptation to print it as large as possible, just to see it realising its full potential! not quite sure where i'd put it though, and framing would be expensive, heh ;P
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pabh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
I think you should advocate its use as wallpaper
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