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Friday, 26 September 2014

Canon at the 2014 Ryder Cup

Canon is involved in an interesting project with Getty Images. Photographer Henry Stuart will work with his team at Visualise, the world’s leading provider of high-quality virtual and 360 degree content, to create a high-resolution Gigapixel format photograph of fans at The Ryder Cup 2014 at Gleneagles.

Throughout the competition Henry will be positioned down the fairway from the first tee, capturing a letterbox-shaped panoramic photograph of the crowd at the tee and down the fairway towards the green. The image will be made up of around one billion pixels (Gigapixel), meaning that even when the image is fully zoomed to 100 percent, there is still incredible picture quality and sharp focus, enabling spectators to spot themselves in the crowd.

Fans attending The Ryder Cup will be able to view the image online at www.canon-europe.com/golf and can tag themselves in the Gigapixel image so that they can share with friends on social media. When spectators tag their photograph, they’ll also have the ability to choose whether they’re supporting the US or Europe. Alongside the photograph there will be a counter measuring which team is winning in terms of the fans’ levels of interaction with the image.

Henry will be using two Canon EOS 5D Mark III cameras with EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM and EF 8-15mm f4L fisheye USM lenses.  In order to adjust the angle between each shot taken to make up the panorama photograph, Visualise uses a specialist tripod head which enables Henry to choose the best set-up possible so that all of the photographs stitched together to make the panorama appear as one Gigapixel image. Typically, around 80 photographs will be stitched together to create the Canon panorama photograph.

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