During Christmas season, the homeowner associations set up trees in the courtyards. I had taken a 360 VR of the courtyard where I grew up, but the lights on the tree were all out then - so it was with some happiness that I re-did that panorama. (Thanks tipping me off to the lights being back on, mom!)
I shot the VR image in a new old way. Used to be that I shot panoramas in two focal lengths: 20 mm (or 18 mm way back) for the horizon, and then 10 mm for the up and down photos. Then I got lazy and started using 10 mm for everything. But this time I wanted maximum detail, so I did it the old skool way - 20 mm for the horizon and 10 mm for the rest. A total of 24 images (twelve around, six up and six down), so it was only marginally slower. But did it result in a big panorama or what? When I did this regularly, I had a Nikon D40 with 6 MP sensor. Now I have a D3200 with twice the linear resolution and a 24 MP sensor. What before resulted in a 100 MP image now results in something quite a lot bigger. While working on the VR image, I got a message from Hugin[a] that I've never seen before:
Yes, I was sure. The panorama is 31,676 by 15,838 pixels, or 502 megapixels - and it's still fairly editable in Photoshop. The biggest problem with it was that my version of Photoshop doesn't support saving JPEG:s larger than 30,000 pixels along any axis, so I had to save it as TIFF, fire up a VM with Ubuntu, and use ImageMagick[b] on the TIFF file to turn it into a JPEG.