Imagine the biggest photo you have ever taken. Now multiply that size by 1000. Now square that. You still won't come close to the the world's largest photograph, clocking in at 70 gigapixels (70 billion pixels). That is more zeros than on the scoreboard of a Pirates game (sorry Pittsburgh fans, I'll stop now). This photo is truly a masterful work of art, ingenuity, and savvy engineering.
The record breaking panorama was taken by 360world, a group of brilliant designers, engineers, photographers, film editors, and camera men located in Hungary. These guys specialize in various photographic efforts and put forth some very progressive work. In order to take their 70 gigapixel shot, the team set up shop on an observation tower named Janos-hegyi, the tallest point in Budapest. Two Sony A900 cameras with 400mm lenses were mounted on robotic arms stationed on the top of the tower. These arms rotated for days while simultaneously hitting the shutter buttons. The Budapest panorama nearly doubles the size of the previous world record picture which was taken in Dubai and contained 45 gigapixels.
The exquisite detail of the photograph is incredible. At certain angles you can actually zoom far enough in to see people inside the windows of buildings. You can view the photo on the 70 gigapixel website. I would load it on here, but with a whopping 200 GB file made up of 20,000 compressed pics, I would probably then get fired after crashing the entire office server (it wasn't me BFG, I swear). On the site you can also view a video of the making of the photograph, as well as learn about the post-processing operation. I wouldn't recommend printing the shot though. Stretching 45 feet in length, it could take a good while to print and consume a barrel full of toner.
360world takes gigapixel photography to another level and continues to cross over the lines of what is possible within photography. Follow the group as I am sure they will have more works of art to share with the world soon.