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This is the World’s First Terapixel Macro Photo

Say hello to the world’s first terapixel macro photo. The photo is of a food mosaic, and it was made by stitching together 629,370 separate photos. The final image has dimensions of 6,571,152×160,256 pixels, weighing in at a staggering 1053.07 gigapixels (or 1.053 terapixels).

You can explore the photo for yourself through this interactive viewer:

This may give you a better idea of just how high-resolution this photo is: if it were to be printed at 300dpi, the print would be taller than the One World Trade Center in New York City.

The photo’s creation was led by photographer Gene Cooper of GIGAMacro at the SIGGraph conference in Vancouver. Over 100 attendees spent 5 days putting together the food mosaic using local foods (there are also over 60 non-food items tossed in as Easter Eggs for viewers to find).

“We […] wanted to use materials that everyone is familiar with in terms of scale and size,” Cooper writes. “Food, like many other objects, when viewed at high magnification takes on an abstract form and it’s often impossible to work out what it is you are seeing.”

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