Daniel Boschung's "Face Cartography" Shows the Insane Detail of 900-Megapixel Portriats

An automated process produces massive reproductions of faces

gigapixel portrait

gigapixel portrait

Swiss photographer Daniel Boschung has taken a very different approach to his photography than most. His incredibly detailed gigapixel images are shot not with him behind the camera, but rather using an industrial robot arm, controlled by custom designed software. Boschung has turned this technique towards portrait photography with his Face Cartography series, combining 600 photos into a 900-megapixel image.

As you might imagine from a portrait writ so large, you can zoom in incredible detail, with each pore, hair, and wrinkle exploded to immense size. You can get a feel for how involved the actual photography is in the video below, and Boschung explains some of how what he uses to shoot on his website:

Boschung uses a Canon EOS Mark ll camera with a 180mm macro lens, which he transformed into a telecentrical lens. For his flash installation his uses the Scoro S 32000 RFS 2 from broncolor, one of only a few flash generators able to cope with these extraordinary demands. Boschung’s requirements were short flash frequencies, constant light temperatures and short loading cycles. Other flash lights tend to overheat, have to be cooled with ice packs and exhibit variable colour spectrum.

Boschung's other work is primarily around photographing paintings, which can then be zoomed in with great detail to see the very texture of the paint itself—but it's even more impressive when it comes to portrait photography. There's something astonishing (and more than a little unnerving) about seeing someone's face in such ludicrous detail.

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