Gigapixel time-lapse panorama, London, United Kingdom

Friday 28 Sep 2018
Credit: Lenstore, Nikon, Canary Wharf Group

Architects: Lenstore, Nikon, Canary Wharf Group

London’s Skyline as you have never seen it...

There has never been a panorama of London taken with such incredible detail

24 Hour London is the world's first Gigapixel time-lapse panorama, capturing the biggest ever time-lapse of London's skyline, taken from the roof of Canary Wharf's One Canada Square.

Check it out here: https://www.lenstore.co.uk/vc/24-hour-london/

In total over 6,240 photos were taken across a 155 degree view over 24 hours, and subsequently stitched together to provide the seamless view of London. 

Crucially there has never been a panorama taken with such incredible detail, as the project used pre-programmed robotic motion-control technology to repeat the same pattern of photos 260 times an hour for 24 hours, without a single pixel of discrepancy. 

The finished product allows you to see London change colours across the hours, from sunrise to sunset, with all the shades the capital has to offer in between. It allows those who have never travelled to England's capital to experience it in the highest quality ever seen.

 

 

What makes 24 Hour London unique:

This has been dubbed a 'Gigalapse' due to the first instance of combining time-lapse and Gigapixel technology.

The project is a collaboration between Lenstore, Nikon and Visualise.

The image is 7.3 Gigapixels (7,300 Megapixels or 7bn pixels), which is over 1000x more powerful than the camera on an iPhone X.

Camera was a Nikon D850, which was chosen due to its 45 megapixel sensor, its dynamic range, and its unique ability to capture the range of different shades that the capital experiences over the course of the day.

Lens used was a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8, which was able to shoot in such detail that you can easily read signs up to 5 miles away in the photo.

The robotic motion control technology is more often used for Hollywood films such as Gravity, to allow accurate fast-sweeping shots. This was the first time it has been used to take a time-lapse photo. This was necessary to create the pinpoint accuracy of images, leading to every single pixel of every point in the panorama being the exact same position as the photos 24 hours earlier.

Nick Myall

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Lenstore, Nikon, Canary Wharf Group