Did you ever have that dream, the one where you were flying above everyone else? Maybe you were swooping over buildings and rooftops, checking out all those things you couldn’t see from the ground. Well, with Paris 26 Gigapixels, that dream becomes a virtual reality–no arm flapping required.
The website – the result of a bet between a company in the French Alps and two photographers – stitches together 2,346 photographs taken of the city of Paris, giving site visitors an up-close view of the city unlike any other. Start from on high, looking down on the rooftops of Paris, and with just a few clicks, you can zoom in and practically peep into the windows of landmarks and private homes. Want to check out the rooftops of Montmartre, or see the faces of the masses standing on the Eiffel Tower? Just pan and zoom.
Kolor is the innovative company that used its Autopano software to create the website, stitching together the photographs of Arnaud Frich, France’s most renowned panoramic photographer, and Martin Loyer, who’s known for his extraordinary cityscapes. Together, the two pros snapped their images in one day (that day being September 8th, 2009) using some pretty impressive zoom lenses. The result is staggering, and one can easily spend hours exploring the city from the comfort of home.
So if you can’t get to Paris anytime soon, don’t worry. Grab a glass of wine (French, of course), pull some Carla Bruni (or perhaps some Edith Piaf) up on iTunes, and settle down in front of your computer. It may not be Paris, but it’s pretty darned close, especially in full screen mode.
Visit the City of Lights at Paris 26 Gigapixels (www.paris-26-gigapixels.com).