Hidden in Plain Sight

This is the ultimate “Where’s Waldo” type picture (2.5 Gigapixel Image). You can zoom in and count the bricks on some streets. What is the license plate of that car? How many people can you find? Can you find the large McDonalds sign mounted high on a pole for the travelers on the highway to see? Can anyone tell me what time it is? I saw a clock on a tower in the distance with the time clearly visible.

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TNO has produced the largest digital panoramic photo in the world. So, what do we mean by large? After all, modern consumer cameras can easily take a picture with 5 million pixels. Well, we are talking about a photo of completely different dimensions. One with 2.5 billion pixels – that’s 500 times more pixels. If this photo were printed, it would measure 6.67 m by 2.67 m (300 dpi). The photograph shows Delft and its surroundings in the autumn of 2004. It was taken from the top of the Electrical Engineering faculty of Delft University, at a height of about 100 m, by TNO.

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