After Paris 26 Gigapixels was created, it only made sense that someone would one-up the City of Love. Dubai can now be viewed in a whopping 45 gigapixels, thanks to photographer Gerald Donovan.
With the help of a Canon 7D, Donovan took 4,250 photos. He used a 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L zoom lens at 400mm. According to a blog he wrote last week describing his feat, it took Donovan about three-and-a-half hours to take a full panoramic view for Dubai 45 Gigapixels. Amazingly, he did the shots in 98-degree weather, which made "the camera and lens...almost too hot to touch at the end of" the shoot.
I had a chance to look around Dubai 45 Gigapixels. While it's certainly impressive and finding little details in the city is worthwhile, I still find Paris 26 Gigapixels a more rewarding experience. It has a better interface than the Dubai version and there is more to see.
But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't check out Dubai 45 Gigapixels. It's impressive in its own right, and moving around the panoramic view of the city is a fine experience.
Perhaps more than anything, these multi-gigapixel images excite me because of the opportunities they offer. What cities are next? What will they reveal? As more crop up, I think we'll find even more value in these projects.