This 365-Gigapixel image of Mont Blanc takes the crown as the world’s largest photograph

by Gannon Burgett

posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 12:25 PM EDT

When you photograph Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in the Alps, it only makes sense if you do so by capturing the largest photograph in the world in the process. Filippo Blengini and his team made sure to do just that when they captured a whopping 365-gigapixel panorama of the tallest mountain peak in Europe (with the exception of the Caucasus mountain range).

The record-breaking image weighs in at 45-gigapixels more than the previous record holder, a 320-gigapixel image of London captured back in 2013.

Photographing the monstrous image was no easy feat. Blengini and his 5-person team captured 70,000 photographs over the course of 35 hours. All of this was done at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,485ft).

Capturing the panorama was only half of the work, though. Post production for the image took 2 months, 46 Terabytes of storage and resulted in 14 final Photoshop files, which appeared to be processed with the help of Apple’s cylindrical Mac Pro.

The gear used for the shoot include a Canon 70D with a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8II IS and Canon Extender 2X III. These were set atop a Clauss Rodeon piXpert, which was mounted on a Redged Tripod. All of this was powered by a solar energy with the help of a Synergy PowerFilmSolar pad.

Just how large would a 365-gigapixel image would be if printed? According to an infographic provided by Blengini and his team, at 300DPI, the standard for most photographic prints, the image would be as large as a soccer field.

Imaging Resource's own Arthur Etchells discovered this selfie in the massive 365-Gigapixel image. What other climbers and objects can you find?

You can view the panorama in all its glory through the in2white site, designed specifically for the record-breaking feat. For more behind the scenes information and images, you can head on over to 500px ISO, where DL Cade shared a thorough rundown of Blengini’s images and thoughts on the journey.

(via 500px ISO)