A few days ago, a new record in terms of picture magnitude was set once again. A huge 320-gigapixel panoramic picture of London was made up of 48.640 individual frames by a team of photographers. No expense was spared. Four Canon EOS 7D SLR with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses and Extender EF 2x III teleconverters handled the staggering amount of pictures. A Celsius R920 workstation with 256GB of RAM and 16 cores at 3.1GHz needed several weeks of numbercrunching to combine the images into the huge panorama. But is the image good or just large?
I find it a bit funny that they took a gigantic photograph of a city where bad weather is smalltalk topic number one. When you look at the panorama, you are faced with this gray, dreary side of London. Great lighting means great pictures. Otherwise it’s just a staggeringly large number of gray pixels. Which explains the title of my blog post today.