St Paul’s Cathedral 15.5 Giga Pixel Panorama (GigaPan)

One of the largest indoor photographs ever taken: 2,400 images stitched together to make a 15.5 Giga Pixel panorama. It took 3.5 hours to shoot – during which time the cathedral had completely filled up with tourists – hence the ‘half people’, floating heads etc!

Just click on the + button to zoom in to the photo, each part will load as you need it, just like Google maps.

Please be patient when you launch the image – it takes a few seconds to get started :-)

St Paul's Cathedral Giga Pixel Panorama

Click on this image to see the 15.5 Giga Pixel Panorama of St Pauls Cathedral

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  • ReinerNo Gravatar07 April 2011
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    Really well done!

    I want to write about in my blog. If you like it, please send me an equi – jpg 500×250, and i will link to your site for interactive View.

    Greetings from Bavaria, Reiner

  • Ron SchottNo Gravatar07 April 2011
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    It’s a bit of a semantic point, but my GigaPan of the Cathedral of the Plains in Victoria, KS is larger at 20.57 gigapixels: http://www.gigapan.org/gigapans/62504/

    That said, yours is a much higher quality image, and undoubtedly a more interesting subject. Keep up the good work – just five more gigapixels until you have the largest!

    • Henry StuartNo Gravatar08 April 2011
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      Not semantic at all! Well done on that shot, what a monster!

  • DavidNo Gravatar13 April 2011
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    Hi,
    I’m interested in how you got permission to take photographs within St pauls when vistors to the cathedral are not allowed to on the grounds that it is a religiuos building. So what convinced them to allow you to produce your (admitedly awesome) gigapan?

    • Henry StuartNo Gravatar13 April 2011
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      Hi David, I have done the Virtual Tour for St Paul’s in the past so they were open to my suggestions of a Giga Pixel Pano of the interior. Good publicity for them I suppose…

  • will hallNo Gravatar30 April 2011
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    did you use any focus stacking?

    • Henry StuartNo Gravatar01 May 2011
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      No, just dynamically focused for each shot.

  • MartinNo Gravatar01 May 2011
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    Very nice image, as you say pity about the half people/floating heads. Wonder if it would be possible to design the system so that it would either wait until there was no one in the shot (maybe a combination of movement/body heat/face detection) or “skip” a shot if there are people in it and retry later (which would help avoid delays waiting for people to move). That way the place could be swarming with people but you’d end up with a shot with no one in it. Also I guess it would help to start shooting the lower down shots earlier in the day when there’s no-one around and do the higher up ones when it gets busy. This is something I’d like to get more into, I like “unusual” photography and have done a bit of timelapse and cave stuff in the past.

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