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Photographer reveals massive 360-degree Tokyo panorama

By dpreview staff on Aug 2, 2013 at 00:00 GMT

If you haven't seen the 600,000 pixel, 360 degree Tokyo panorama that's flying around the internet, clear your schedule for the next hour and take a look. It's another work from photographer Jeffrey Martin, who previously documented London in a similar fashion. With a lot of storage and processing power, Martin captured the photo with a Canon EOS 7D, 400mm F5.6L lens and a single robotic assistant.

Photo by Jeffrey Martin. A small slice of the massive 360-degree panorama at a wide view. 

How does a single camera capture such a large scene? Martin had help from a "gigapixel robot" dubbed Clauss Rodeon, moving and snapping images rapidly. According to Martin's website the scene was shot from four different positions at the top of Tokyo Tower, "each section was stitched together into a panorama, and then these panoramas were joined together to make a full 360° image."

For more on his process watch the video below.

You can view the interactive panorama below or visit 360 Cities to view it in full-screen glory as it was intended to be seen.

We spent a few minutes (okay, a lot of minutes) panning and zooming throughout the picture. Here are a couple of our favorite discoveries; share yours in the comments.

Tennis players out for an afternoon hit, as revealed by the clock at the top of the frame. Also, a line of colorful unicycles.
An inner-city cemetery. Japanese grave sites are situated close together as most remains are cremated. And now you know that.
Just a train ride on train tracks across a track...
Via: PetaPixel, Source: 360 Cities

Comments

Total comments: 48
acidic
By acidic (8 months ago)

"And now you know that."

I already knew that. Please don't talk down to your audience.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (8 months ago)

Like google earth city version.

quite impressive!

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Captain Picard
By Captain Picard (8 months ago)

Seeing the time of day from the reflection in the pool water of the clock that's on the 4-lamp light post....awesome!

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rocsen
By rocsen (8 months ago)

Best city 360 I've seen to date. Fantastic detail.

Would love to visit Tokyo one day.

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farrukh
By farrukh (8 months ago)

Great work!

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SAERIN
By SAERIN (8 months ago)

Sharp is sharp, no doubt.

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mick232
By mick232 (8 months ago)

Not "600.000 pixel" but "600.000 pixel WIDE"

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (8 months ago)

Good use of panoramas here, nice to see you continuing to show strong city photos - keep up the good work. http://www.lawsonphoto.us

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skysi
By skysi (8 months ago)

The amount of people who come here to bitch...?
Show us something you have done instead.

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xiod_crlx
By xiod_crlx (8 months ago)

It is not that simple =)

As indicated below in many messages - all you need to do to make such pictures - is to have a proper equipment. Only.

If you will give the robotic drive and a camera to a child - he would do the same without any knowledge of the subject and the automated stitching software will to the rest.

Personally I see this picture as good technical exercise only.

Is it an art? A thing to remember?

p.s. I would show my panoramas but ... I do not have such gear =)

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P.P.S. I love works of these guys: http://www.airpano.ru/ (use google translate if you need or switch languages @ right-top corner) - the difference is obvious - they DO care about locations, shooting conditions and ART LOOK of their works. Also they ARE making their OWN equipment. I can clearly see THE DIFFERENCE and it looks way more interesting...

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racenviper
By racenviper (8 months ago)

http://www.panoguide.com/gallery/218/view_pp/?w=1600&h=1200&fs=true

I post good postive work.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

Hotel IBIS
http://360gigapixels.com/tokyo-tower-panorama-photo/?v=344.9,2.4,7

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peevee1
By peevee1 (8 months ago)

:) Looking sharp.

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racenviper
By racenviper (8 months ago)

I guess it does not take much to impress those around here. Most, if not all the buildings in the near have really bad stich errors, start with the Prince Hotel, just look at the whole building. The photographer just took the photos and let the software do the work. It does not take much to do that.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (8 months ago)

Impressive - from afar. However, God forbid I ever had to live in such a nightmare hive.

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SAERIN
By SAERIN (8 months ago)

Don't knock if you if you never visited Tokyo.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (8 months ago)

Been to Tokyo several times. I really like that town.

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mrdancer
By mrdancer (8 months ago)

I have two photo apps in my BB Q10. One is called 360 Panorama - it lets you take 360-degree panos and geotags them with the built-in GPS/compass. The other app is TurnMe Panorama - it lets me open the panoramas and orient the panorama based on the geotag info, so if I hold my phone to the north, I see the north side of the 360 pano that was taken, and as I spin around (moving the phone to the east, for example), the panorama moves inside the phone to the east view, so it is essentially the next thing to being there.

The 360 pano app is a little buggy and sometimes the camera/compass/os can't keep up with the app, or vice versa. But it is a start. Once they get the bugs worked out, this would be an amazing set of apps for a good bridge camera with a good built-in compass/GPS/OS. Are you listening, Panasonic? Jelly Bean the FZ250/300 and give us the ability to use some really useful creative apps.

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Mike921
By Mike921 (8 months ago)

Heck of a project. Worst place I've ever lived though....

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SAERIN
By SAERIN (8 months ago)

Why was that.

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mrdancer
By mrdancer (8 months ago)

Check out the little silver car pulling out of the parking lot behind the Prince Hotel. It has EXTREMELY small rear doors! ;)

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Couscousdelight
By Couscousdelight (8 months ago)

The sky & horizon are pretty overexposed.
The price to pay when you use a Canon camera with poor dynamic ?
http://uppix.net/MJzhgy.jpg

BTW, someone else is using a Canon camera :)
http://uppix.net/4I5DMr.jpg

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skysi
By skysi (8 months ago)

Trolling much?

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Couscousdelight
By Couscousdelight (8 months ago)

Robotic assistant & auto-stitching software...
Who need talent when you have technology :)
(I don't mean than the photographer have no talent, but appart selecting the point of view for the camera, most of his work is to wait than the machines finish the work)

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skysi
By skysi (8 months ago)

So why use your car if you can get to work by foot?

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Paul_B Midlands UK
By Paul_B Midlands UK (8 months ago)

Tremendous and innovative piece of work, whichever way you look at it.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (8 months ago)

I could study this for hours because I recognize so many places and even so, it's surprising to see how close together they are. But unless this guy invented mega-megapixel images or 360 panoramas or stitching, I don't see any innovation.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (8 months ago)

The NSA must be doing star-jumps by now... ;)

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vferrandog
By vferrandog (8 months ago)

I 've found a funny one. Did you see the drunk guy on the floor of the park? They have censored his face :) The park is located below the Volkswagen logo.

http://360gigapixels.com/tokyo-tower-panorama-photo/?v=233.3,34.6,1

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Dave Ingraham
By Dave Ingraham (8 months ago)

How did you get the coordinates?

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vferrandog
By vferrandog (8 months ago)

Guessing them xd It was a process of trial and error. The first number is the horizontal angle, the second one the vertical angle.

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FgFoto
By FgFoto (8 months ago)

dude i found him too LOL

what about it? is he dead? :O or just sleeping?
but why on the floor if there is a bench behind him? and why with no shoes? it's a mistery XD

btw i've made a video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YSwTs9rxVs

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Press Correspondent
By Press Correspondent (8 months ago)

What a waste of time.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (8 months ago)

A lot of entertainment on the internet are a waste of time.

People love it. (waste time)

.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (8 months ago)

Thanks! I was waiting for a Canon DSLR forum member to enlighten me! Awesome!

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fotografer
By fotografer (8 months ago)

Too bad, you have wasted YOUR time, I think it's an amazing feat done beautifully by the photographer.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (8 months ago)

Perhaps in the future, detail sections can be zeroed in via data coordinate input, or is it in place already?

Like:

"Ha! I saw a truck van with the front half invisible! LOL! obviously, the image stitch person was sleeping... at (input coordinates here)..." kind of comments...

Entertaining.

.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (8 months ago)

The truck van with the invisible front end is real.

I have no way of pointing it out without coordinates.

It is near the center, with people crossing the pedestrian lane.

This can be quite a fun game... :)

Please post if you also located it!

.

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MisaelGmx
By MisaelGmx (8 months ago)

You can use the "share current view" on the 360gigapixels site, just go to http://360gigapixels.com/tokyo-tower-panorama-photo/ directly.

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PicOne
By PicOne (8 months ago)

DPR should clarify/correct the lead-in. It's not a 600,000 pixel image, it's a 600,000 pixel WIDE image. 600,000 pixels isn't even a megapixel.

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Hundminen
By Hundminen (8 months ago)

Another great city panorama Jeffery.
These gigapixel city panoramas are the extreme in street photography.
And 360cities is one of my favourite web sites, many hours can be wasted exploring distant places around the world over there.

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xlynx9
By xlynx9 (8 months ago)

The detail is astonishing. When I first zoomed it made me laugh like a crazy person.

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Lcky
By Lcky (8 months ago)

groups riding a pair of Thomas and friends trains across the runners track above the cemetery win cake :)

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xlynx9
By xlynx9 (8 months ago)

only in Japan

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leschnyhan
By leschnyhan (8 months ago)

These are great. I spent hours zooming and panning when the London one was published. Now I guess I'll get familiar with Tokyo.

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SAERIN
By SAERIN (8 months ago)

Do it. You will not regret it.

When I first visited Tokyo, Japan in the 1950's en route to Korea. I was overwhelmed by their culture.

On my return to the states I coined a phrase: " Tokyo is to men what Disneyland is to children."

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dtra
By dtra (8 months ago)

Great stuff, like the ultimate Where's Wally?

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shigzeo ?
By shigzeo ? (8 months ago)

Is it Wally or Waldo? I've seen both. Now I'm confused. By the way, neither one show up in this post.

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