In this short, two-part series, Microsoft flexes their imaging software muscles as they work on a multi-billion pixel panoramic image of Seattle. The gigapixel image was created using their freeware, Microsoft Image Composite Editor, better known as ICE. Watch the following videos to learn more:
As part of the Gigapixel Art Zoom project, a team of photographers set up camp on top of a condo complex in downtown Seattle while a wide variety of talent and actors scattered around the city streets to be captured doing random activities.
The images were captured using various camera models, including a Canon 7D with a 600mm lens. For the final product, 1400 images of 22MP each were composited together, using ICE to create a 24 gigapixel image. The final image is an interactive work that lets users zoom, pan, and search for each of the “hidden” actors.