This 3.1 billion pixel photo of the Olympics is the ultimate ‘Where’s Waldo’

3 1 billion pixel photo of the olympics volleyball gigapan

If Nokia can pack 41 megapixels into the camera of its latest smartphone, the 808 PureView, you can imagine the myriad of powerful cameras professional photographers use to capture the 2012 London Olympic games. The best illustration of this would be photographer David Bergman’s ‘Gigapan’ of the women’s volleyball match between the United States and Switzerland teams. To create this panorama, Bergman snapped and stitched 200 individual photos into one complete frame. The result is a 98,101 by 31,747 pixel resolution image, totaling to roughly 3.1 billion megapixels.

Hosted by Sports Illustrated, this behemoth of a photo might look like your average overview of the volleyball stadium. However, zooming in will reveal the sharpest details, down to the words on a player’s top to a guy standing in the buildings in the background — things that you otherwise wouldn’t have noticed or knew was even there.

What’s even more interesting is going around the audience seating and trying to see if you can spot anything funny. Since the 200 photos were taken within a 21-minute time span, it’s possible an audience member might be caught in the middle of a laugh, a sneeze, or maybe even some nose-picking. Man, you can’t go anywhere these days and live life without being photographed. The best thing I’ve found so far is this guy in the blue doing some horse riding imitation (click the main photo to zoom). Did anyone tell him equestrian is at a different stadium?

Take a look for yourself and see if you can spot anything interesting!

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