We interrupt our live coverage of breaking news about Internet companies from around the world to point you to this phenomenal 360-degrees photo (okay, actually it’s 2,947 pictures stitched together). It is, to our and the photographer’s knowledge, the largest photo ever taken indoors with 280,000 x 140,000 pixels of awesomesauce.
In the screenshot above, in the painting on the ceiling, do you see that angel holding a book, right below the cross? No worries if you can’t, because I zoomed in to give you a close-up:
That’s how freaking amazing this picture is.
The photo was taken by photographer and 360cities founder Jeffrey Martin, and shows the interior of the magnificent, 18th-century baroque library you can find inside the Strahov Monastery in Prague, Czech Republic. For more background, head on over to Wired.
The details, for the fans, courtesy of Martin:
The photo is 40 gigapixels (40,000 megapixels); 280,000 x 140,000 pixels; made of 2947 images joined together; used a Canon 550D and 200mm lens; print size 23m x 11m; stitched file size 280GB; cut into 85,000 tiles for web delivery.
Okay, okay – one more:
Oh, so you thought that was it? Nuh uh! Here’s a video for good measure:
360 Cities collects, commissions, hosts, and organizes the world’s best immersive panoramic photography on the web. Our goal is to bring 360 VR photography to the mainstream, and create new applications from this geographic data. We aim to cover hundreds of cities with tens of thousands of artistic, high-resolution, spherical panoramas. As a community, we allow any skilled VR photographer to upload and publish their panoramic photography to our site. While everyone is invited to join us, we want to...