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    Google Earth Publishes Stunning 14 GIGApixel Photos of El Prado Masterpieces

    Something everyone might be interested in, another reason to get Google earth.

    Taken from Gizmodo

    Although there's nothing comparable—in my case, to the point of getting goosebumps—to standing in front of Las Meninas (or any of the Velazquez masterpieces, for that matter), the dark Goyas, or the Fusilamientos del Tres de Mayo, this is the closest you can get to them from anywhere in the world. In fact, you can get closerer and closerer than in front of the real thing, unless you want some Prado staff goon to hit you on the legs with a taser.

    The amazing images are 14 gigapixels, 1,400 times the resolution of a 10 megapixel camera. As you can see in this video, Madpixel doesn't use any special camera, but a machine-controlled digital camera and algorithms to compensate for deformation and stitch the final result. Zooming in to see the masters' technique and the detail in the painting is just mindblowing.
    you just need Google Earth to get in on the fun

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    wow. uber-high resolution indeed

    Thanks for posting this!

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    woah. I loved Hieronymus before, but now I'm even more amazed at his work! I wish I could see them in person, but at least this comes pretty close.


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    14 gigapixels is a huge number and when i look at the images online there seems to be a lot of fuzzy/splotchyness when you try to get up real close. It doesn't look as detailed as I would have expected. maybe they meant 14 gigapixels for the entire collection, 1 gigpxl for each painting
    Last edited by steve kim; January 16th, 2009 at 09:58 PM.

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