For the first time ever, a Gigapixel time-lapse panorama (‘Gigalapse’ for short) has captured stunning footage of London’s skyline.
From the roof of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, over 6,240 photos were taken across a 155° view, all within a 24 hour period. It is the first panorama with this amount of detail – which is down to robotic motion-control technology that was pre-programmed to repeat the exact same pattern of photos 260 times an hour for 24 hours. This meant that every single pixel at every point in the panorama is in the exact same position in every photo taken throughout the day. Incredibly, the image is 7.3 Gigapixels (7,300 Megapixels), which, for example, is over a thousand times clearer than a photo taken on an iPhone X. This is the first time this kind of technology has been used to take a time-lapse photo – it is more commonly used in Hollywood films, such as Gravity, to create beautiful and accurate sweeping shots.
The final result – which you can view here – is a beautiful interactive shot of London that allows us to see London as it changes throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset.