Last year I blogged about a 13 gigapixel image of Harlem done by NYC based artist Gerard Maynard. The image was pretty well referenced on the web, lots of diggs, well watched on youtube, and over a million views on break.com. This past spring I was fortunate to meet Gerard as part of the Yosemite Extreme Pano project. While I was only spending a few short days in Yosemite for the project, I remember being jealous that Gerard had given himself a whole week to shoot the valley. He put that time to good use. Today Gerard unveiled his latest project called yosemite-17-gigapixels. The name probably gave it away – yep this image is even more detailed than the Harlem picture. Gerard says it is the largest known stitched panorama. Below is a screen shot of the site. The Glacier Point image shown here is the 17 gigapixel monster. But, be sure to also click on the other names along the bottom, these links lead to other Yosemite views that are all pretty impressive.
The HD View team helped in a small way with the production of this. Gerard used our Photoshop plugin to generate both the Silverlight and HD View options on the site. The "View in HD View SL" link on the site is a Silverlight viewer that uses Deep Zoom technology. I encourage you to compare the SL experience with the site’s "View in Zoomify" option. I think most will agree that SL with Deep Zoom is a much more immersive and fluid experience than Zoomify.