Burj Dubai - 2.3 gigapixel photograph made up of 381 images.

Updated on Saturday, December 19 2009

Gerald Donovan who made the excellent Dubai Metro Timelapse video (that article can be found here) has been at it again; this time producing a 2.3 gigapixel image of the Burj Dubai.

First; go see it here. Then, come back and read how he did it:

The image was created by stitching together 381 hi-res 21megapixel images together to create the final image. If you zoom in, you can see  an incredible level of detail on the Burj Dubai tower. See picture below for an example

The images were made with a Canon 5D Mark II camera which produces 21 megapixel images and Gerald used the Canon 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at the 400mm focal length. He metered the exposure of the centre area of the buiding and used that reading for all images and also importantly set the white balance on manual otherwise he would have had different color temperature output across the images. He also used a tripod with a panorama head for all the images and the entire shooting process took just under an hour.

That was the easy part - stitching the images was next and Gerald used a fantastic software called PTgui Pro to stitch the images. The stitching together of the images took 7 days - yes, you read that right - 7 days to complete and finally, off to Photoshop to make slight final adjustments and that yielded a 2.3 gigapixel shot of the world's tallest tower.

Great job, Gerald and he's working on a few more interesting projects that we'll keep you posted on and in the meantime, if you would like to get in touch with him to buy the image or learn more, you can get his details here.

Link to the final shot here.

If you would like to get in touch with Gerald, you can email him here.


Additional Resources:

* The world's largest photograph here. Its 26 gigapixels and includes 1,655 images of the Dresden city skyline.

* panoguide: All you need to know about panorama photography