FA Cup Final will produce world's largest 360° photo at Wembley

Cameras, Sport, Technology Deathmatch

Manchester City Fans-1.jpgWhile there can be only one winner between Manchester City and Stoke during this weekend’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, at least even the losing fans can happily know that by the end of the match they’ll all be record breakers.

That’s because all in attendance will be part of a record-breaking attempt to create the world’s largest 360° photo.

Working with renowned photographer Jeffrey Martin from 360Cities.net, fans will be able to tag themselves the following day in a 10-gigapixel panoramic photo of the event.

It’s quite a feat, and one not very easy to achieve. The process, according to the press release, is as follows:

The shoot itself is done with a professional grade digital SLR camera and long lens, and the camera-lens assembly is itself mounted on a robotic tripod head.

The robot turns, focuses and snaps photos in a continuous motion around 360-degrees until the entire inside space of the stadium has been captured. Only many years of experience and 360Cities.net’ automated stitching technology can produce a high-quality image in such a short time.

Upwards of 1000 individual photographs are sorted, merged and enhanced to produce a finished image that would otherwise take days or weeks to create. That and a turbo-charged computer with more cores and gigabytes of RAM than you knew could be levered into a computer make it possible for The FA Cup Final gigapixel panorama to be online the next day, ready for people to view and tag via their Facebook accounts.

Roger Maslin, Wembley’s Managing Director said: “We are delighted to be able to offer fans a special memento of their day at this year’s FA Cup Final and hope the photo will be the first of many to capture the fantastic atmosphere fans bring to Wembley Stadium. We have some very special events at Wembley this summer with the Champions League Final and 8 nights of Take That’s sell out Progress Live tour.”

Head over to www.wembleystadium.com/wembley360 for more info.

Gerald Lynch
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