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Shot on September 8th, 2009 (after 16 months of waiting for the right weather), Paris 26 Gigapixels is the name of the biggest assembled panoramic image of the world. A gigapixel is 1 billion pixels! The image is a stitching of more than 2000 individual photos.

On the Paris 26 Gigapixels website, everyone can visit Paris and see all of the famous monuments of the French capital: the Eiffel tower, the Louvre, Beaubourg, Notre Dame de Paris, and many more. And that's to the incredible high-resolution of the image, you can zoom in and marvel at the smallest details.

Step 1: Setting up the equipment

Making this incredible image possible were: Arnaud Frich, one of the most famous panoramic photographers in France; Martin Loyer who travelled throughout the city taking photos that the main camera could not see; and Kolor, a young innovative French company that has become the reference in the image-stitching solutions.

The video above shows what is possible on the Paris 26 Gigapixels website, but it's much more fun to try it our for yourself.


Click to learn: how he did it by photographer Arnaud Frich learn more about the project and/or visit the project's Blog

Hopefully other cities will follow.

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