Amazing High Resolution Photography

Recent developments in digital photography, a field that develops at an amazing rate, have enabled photographers to create images of extraordinarily high resolutions.

Today, these resolutions are often measured in gigapixels for images composed of more than one billion pixels, greater than a thousand times more information than is captured by a 1-megapixel digital camera. Such images are usually created by taking many individual shots, and then stitching these together into a digital mosaic.

The results are technically innovative and often visually outstanding. This post showcases 20 of the best high-resolution photographs, amazing pictures to astound and inspire. Many of these photographs are of cities and landscapes, as these are amongst the best subject matter for this type of image making.

1. Burj Dubai, UAE

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This astonishing photograph captures the Burj Khalifa, better known as the Burj Dubai, at the centre of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The building, at 828 metres, is the tallest man-made structure in the world, and the image is equally massive at 2.3 gigapixels. A Canon 5D Mk II with a 400mm lens was used to take a total of 381 photographs, which were then stitched together to create a final image with a breathtaking level of detail.

2. Tolworth Tower, London, UK

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This panorama shows the view looking north from Tolworth Tower in southwest London, captured in a gloriously high resolution of 8 gigapixels. Composed of many photographs taken on a Canon EOS 500D camera, the image allows the viewer to zoom into the detail of sprawling suburban streets and the landmarks of central London on the distant skyline.

3. Chester Cathedral, UK

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This high-resolution image shows the exquisite medieval interior of Chester Cathedral in northern England. Photographer Sarah Cartwright used a Canon 20D camera to make this 517-megapixel image, revealing the detail in the cathedral’s sandstone walls and wooden stellar-vaulted ceiling.

4. View from St Peter’s, Rome, Italy

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This amazing 360-degree panorama was taken with a Kodak Easyshare Z8612IS digital camera mounted at the top of the dome of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. St Peter’s Square opens out at the centre of the image, with the other buildings of the Vatican in the foreground and the rest of Rome stretching away into the Italian sunlight.

5. Bryce Point in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

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Max Lyons’ magnificently detailed image of the view from Bryce Point in Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park was created by digitally stitching 196 individual photographs. Each picture was taken on a 6-megapixel digital camera, and then all 196 were composed into an image with resolution of just over one gigapixel.

6. National Building Museum, Washington DC, USA

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This is another image created by photographer Max Lyon, this time revealing the fine detail in the interior of the National Building Museum in Washington DC. Elements from 280 separate photographs were used to construct the final composite, which has a resolution of 1.07 gigapixels. Although the image gives the impression that the building is very quiet, it was actually taken on a busy Saturday afternoon; the photographer waited until there was nobody in the frame before taking each shot.

7. African Penguin

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An African Penguin prepares to plunge into the churning surf of the Atlantic Ocean in this beautiful high-resolution photograph.

8. Trump Tower, New York, USA

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This 1.4 gigapixel panorama shows the evening lights of Trump Tower and surrounding the apartment blocks in downtown New York. The fantastic level of detail allows the viewer to gaze into individual windows and across the water with its colourful reflections. Photographer Joergen Geerds specializes in hyper wide angles and high-resolution images of his beloved home city.

9. Cape Town, South Africa

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This amazing high-resolution panorama shows the view from Table Mountain looking out across Cape Town in South Africa. The photograph, taken on a Canon EOS 400D digital camera, shows the city’s landmarks including, from left to right: Signal Hill, Robben Island, Cape Town Stadium, Table Bay and the slopes of Devil’s Peak.

10, Crowley Point, Death Valley, USA

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This image shows the sublime view across the arid basin of Death Valley in the Mojave Desert, southwestern USA. The picture is captured in extremely high resolution, allowing the viewer to see the minute detail of the lowest, driest, and hottest location in North America.

11. President Obama’s Inaugural Speech

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Photographer David Bergman created this incredibly detailed image of President Obama’s inaugural address at the US Capitol in Washington DC using 246 individual shots taken from a press platform. The panorama takes in a view that is 194.2 degrees wide, 95.3 degrees high, and the image clocks in at a massive 1.57 gigapixels.

12. View from the Eiffel Tower’s Second Level, Paris, France

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This high-resolution panorama takes in the view from the second level of the Eiffel Tower, looking southeasterly across the Parc du Champ de Mars into central Paris. The 2.2-gigapixel image was stitched from many pictures taken on a Canon PowerShot A720 IS digital camera.

13. Vancouver, Canada

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This fascinating image shows the waterfront and towering architecture of Yaletown in Vancouver, as viewed from False Creek, and is composed of an awesome 1,000,000,000 pixels. The photograph allows the viewer to peer into individual apartments, sometimes catching sight of the occupants at home.

14. Prague, Czech Republic

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Many of Prague’s landmark sights are visible in the details of this image captured by photographer Jeffrey Martin from the city’s Petrin Tower. The composite is made from 600 individual shots taken on a 21-megapixel Canon 5D Mark II camera, resulting in image that is an eye-popping 18.4 billion pixels.

15. Boxhill, Surrey, UK

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The rolling English countryside of the South Downs is captured in this image, as seen from the summit of Boxhill in Surrey. The composite is constructed from many pictures taken on an 8-megapixel Canon A720 digital camera.

16. Finland, Sweden

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Allie Caulfield’s high-resolution shot captures an atmospheric sunset over the Baltic Sea, viewed from the Swedish island of Finland.

17. Pyramid of Khafre, Egypt

Image: Artist

The photographer composed this 56-megapixel image by stitching six separate shots together, revealing the detail on the ancient Pyramid of Khafre.

18. St Peter’s Church, Vienna

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For this image, the photographer pointed the camera heavenwards to take multiple shots, which were then stitched together to show the wonderful decoration on the ceiling of St Peter’s Church in Vienna.

19. Glacier Point, Yosemite Park, USA

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This beautiful image has a resolution of 17.27 gigapixels, revealing a bewildering amount of detail in the view of Glacier Point in Yosemite Park. The viewer can find people walking in the woods, a climber scrambling up the mountainside and a person perched on the peak. The composite was made from a total of 20,046 images captured on a Nikon D2x digital camera, stitched together with Autopane Pro. If printed at 300dpi, the photograph would measure a massive 59.5 x 22.4 feet.

20. Milky Way

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Finally, a truly awe-inspiring image of the Milky Way galaxy, a 340-million pixel star-scape taken by astrophotographer Stéphane Guisard, an engineer at the European Southern Observatory at Paranal. The dark streak of dust that bisects the image contains colourfully glowing nebulae, and the centre of our galaxy. The final image is composed of 52 different shots with a total exposure time of 200 hours, all captured on a SBIG large format camera attached to the observatory’s telescope. This type of image, as with all the pictures showcased in this post, display the amazing potential of high-resolution photography.