Prague from Old Town Square - the Largest Photo of Prague Ever Taken.
Prague, Czech Republic

Copyright: Jeffrey Martin

Type: Spherical

Resolution: 405 Gigapixels

Uploaded: November 2018

Updated: November 2018

About this Gigapixel

This panorama was shot using a special process using a high-resolution camera and a 600mm lens. The location is very unique - while the clock tower at Prague's Old Town Square is accessible on a daily basis to the general public, this vantage point is only available approximately once every thirty years! This was shot from the very top of the scaffolding which was installed on the tower in 2017. This is about 5 stories above the normal observation level on the tower. It was possible to access this place for a period of only three days, so time was very limited, and the weather was not very cooperative, as this was late autumn. It was only on one day that the weather was really decent and reasonably clear, so most of the images used for the final image came from that day (although some images came from other days).

The process of shooting a 360º panorama with a wide angle lens is fairly simple and straightforward; the process of shooting a 360º panorama with a 600mm lens, where the angle of view of a single photo is around 2 degrees, is another matter entirely. The depth of field is one major issue. When focusing on something that is 500 meters away, everything from 400m to 654m away is "reasonably in focus"; closer and farther away than that, and things are not in focus! Making sure that all 8000 source photos are focused properly is a significant challenge with this type of photography. Additionally, there are a lot of issues with the exposure to worry about. All in all, shooting 8000 overlapping images, and combining them into a single, seamless, 900K resolution panoramic photo, is a really serious challenge. All told, this image took over 5 months of full time work to complete.

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