We are happy to welcome you on our Terapixel-page. The goal of the creation of this Terapixel-Image was to push current photographic technology to its limits and explore what is possible!
The outer limits of photography in respect to size are our home! Over the past years we have been continuously contributing to the development of Gigapixel-Photography with new innovations!
Only by keeping up to innovate Gigapixel-Photography time and again, are we able to offer our customer always the best, that Gigapixel-Photography has to offer!
So please enjoy the amazing detail of this Terapixel-Image of the locomotive and allow this witness of old times to take you onto a journey into the past!
The first version with 1 Terapixel is finished. The next version will contain 2 Terapixel and the last one 4 Terapixel.
Making of the video:
1. Version: 40 (180°)
2. Version: 80 (360°)
3. Version: 160 (360° with allowance for tilting)
The image itself without multiviewpoint has a size of 25 Gigapixel – print size at 100 dpi is 70m x 24m
1. Version: 40x25 Gigapixel = 1 Terapixel
2. Version: 80x25 Gigapixel = 2 Terapixel
3. Version: 160x25 Gigapixel = 4 Terapixel
The exact resolution for the nitpickers among us
Basic image without multiviewpoint: 272210 Pixel x 92970 Pixel
1. Version: 1012294548000 Pixel
2. Version: 2024589096000 Pixel
3. Version: 4049178192000 Pixel
1. Version is finished (19. october 2012)
2. Version shall be finished during spring 2013
3. Version is to be finished by the end of 2013
A somewhat different comparison: If one Gigapixel would stand for 1 Euro, it would be three times as much as the public debt of Greek in the year 2011. In the final version of the Terapixel project, it will even be 12 times as much. Another comparison: if every star in the Milky Way were 1 Pixel, then the Milky Way would have a resolution of merely 0.3 Terapixel.
The Terapixel project has not been finished yet?
No, this is only the first step. The second step will encompass 2 Terapixel and the full version in the third step will have 4 Terapixel.
Is there any other photo that overcomes the Terapixel limit?
Yes and no. There is no picture in the Terapixel range in the classical sense, one that was taken with a commercial camera – expect my Terapixel, of course. Yet there are other undertakings, which have passed the Terapixel limit as well, though not with "normal" photography. For one, Microsoft does have a Terapixel picture of the night sky. Further Google Earth will overcome the Terapixel limit, as it is pieced together from millions of satellite and aerial photographs from all over the globe. Certain military organizations should also pass the Terapixel limit. Further a medical equipment producer has developed as scanner, that can scan 5 Gigapixel. In this case 225 single scans were lined up to break the Terapixel limit.
Why then is your picture the first Terapixel photograph in the world?
This is the first photography, which was shot by one person and therefore can be attributed accordingly to him, who has used only commercially available photography equipment. It is possible for anyone to create such a Terapixel picture, without having to shot for example satellites into the orbit, or built large observatories…
This project has been realized utilizing the so called multiviewpoint-technology, which you have invented. What is that?
A multiviewpoint Gigapixel is a Gigapixel picture, which has either been taken from different positions or in which the motive itself was rotated. Important hereby is the illusion of frozen time. The viewer has in this case the possibility to rotate the motive and view it with extreme detail.
What exactly is a Gigapixel picture?
A Gigapixel picture is a unusually large, panorama picture containing several rows. In the classical case a zoom lense is used. With such a depth of field, that one approaches the limits of the physical possible.
Physical optical boundary?
This is so to speak the magnification, which still makes sense, at which one still can gain in quality. A too high a depth of field, one approaches a point from which one the quality is quickly reduced. It is not reasonable to work in this range; well, it would actually supply one with a greater number before the word Gigapixel, though what sense does it make to enlarge "greeze" as by doing so no additional value is gained.
What defines this boundary?
Mainly this is influenced by aerial layers between motive and camera lens. All other factors can be discounted upon, as they can improve quality only in a negligible way.
Is there any specific reason, why you set on this task, to create such a mind-boggling resolution?
Advertisement and attention in the media is of course a main factor. A good side effect is further the footnote in the history books, that I am the first person who has broken the Terapixel limit in photography.
Further I aimed to slow down the further record hunt for the largest for some time. More and continuously worse Gigapixel pictures were presented to the public, just because they featured a larger number in front of the word Gigapixel – mostly such was achieved by interpolating or by working far beyond the physical boundary. I want to make another statement with the Terapixel picture. It is possible to work on with the best quality and still break records.
Surely this picture will remain the largest photograph in the world for some time to come. Currently such a resolution is only possible with mutiviewpoint-technology and professional serial production. Both were developed by my companies.
You have always concentrated on the changes in the picture from a photographic point of view. Could critics not claim, that it is no true Terapixel photograph?
Lots of claims can be made all day long.
The biggest problem with this project is time and the changing lighting conditions. To produce alone the necessary amount of data it was the only way to continuously work 12 h without a break. By calculation I overcome the Terapixel limit easily with 36 000 high resolution photographs.
It mattered much to me that the feat in photography counts, that there are no visible e.g. shadow changes within the image. Otherwise on might break the Terapixel limit with a video or timelaps. But such would be no photograph in the classical sense anymore.
By now you have won countless national and international photography awards with Gigapixel images. Are those competition specifically for Gigapixel?
Competitions just for Gigapixel images are not existent to my knowledge. I take part in normal photography competitions, where I hand in the photograph in the DinA4 format. The quality of my images are high enough, that the composition alone in the small format convinces and wins awards in direct competition to single-shot photographs. So far the topic of Gigapixel was only considered by the Thüringer Kreativradar, and valued as the idea itself. They awarded me with the title of one of the most creative businesses in Thüringen.
We have not yet talked about your technical equipment. What do you use for the creation of the Terapixel photograph or the Gigapixel photographs?
I use a commercially available, professional camera with a zoom lens and very high resolution. The camera is installed on a tripod with a nodal point adapter. Of importance are also fast and high capacity flash cards. That is already all that is necessary to produce the raw data. In the specific case of the Terapixel picture I further used a computer terminal to transfer the data from the flash cards. This job was done by reliable assistants, as I myself was busy with taking pictures all the time. The computer had a 12 Terabyte memory, which was necessary, as simultaneously a backup of the raw data was created.
To piece the single shots together state of the art computing technology is required. Two servers were used during the creation of the Terapixel image. The main server has 192 GB Ram, a SSD Raid0 and two 12 core CPUs. It may be added that these are two standard Windows Computers, as Photoshop runs only on the normal Windows version. The server version of Windows which can support more than 192 GB Ram, is sadly not supported by Adobe. To anyone who thinks an Apple computer may be used for such work I say, that the most powerful Apple computer on the market right now can support only 64 GB Ram.
Is there any further important data with the Terapixel project?
The first step of 1 Terapixel requires in Photoshop files 5 Terabyte, with backup 10 Terabyte of disk space. For the last step I plan for this project including backup 40 Terabyte of disk space.
The first version requires 235 GB of web space and is saved in 21 million tiles, which can be viewed online. The last version will use up to 940 GB of web space, consisting of about 85 million tiles.
The whole cost for this Terapixel project adds up to 1.5 million Euros.
That is indeed very impressive. Are you already working on any further projects?
The latest project is a series of Gigapixel images from Ireland. For that I have created 700 GB of raw data in Ireland: You may look forward to wonderful images of breathtaking nature, landscapes and architecture.
Ireland Gigapixel Landscape
Ireland Gigapixel Architecture
still many more to come...
A further project in work is an aerial Gigapixel image. That can be taken without the help of a helicopter. Only a solution without a helicopter makes economic sense, as the hours in the air are very expensive. To realize this project we will soon collect founds on a Crowdfunding system.