Only the very best: world records from the field of photography.
The picture “View from the window on Le Gras” was created by the Frenchman Nicéphore Niépce, who is considered one of the inventors of photography. This painting shows the view from the window of his estate in Saint-Loup-de-Varenne showing parts of the buildings and the surrounding countryside.
This is the world’s oldest surviving photograph, taken on January 1, 1827, 194 years ago, and is currently at the University of Texas.
longest photo session
Muneesh Bansal set the world record for “most consecutive days of photographing a single person”. He photographed his daughter every day from her birth in 1996 until her 16th birthday in 2012. This “photo session” lasted 5,845 days.
Munish then made a 12 minute video of these photos, which you can watch here. Now there are already more than 120 thousand views.
The world’s largest photograph of the Earth
The world’s largest image of the Earth was taken by the Russian satellite Elektro‑L No. 1.
This shot is the most detailed and has a resolution of 121 megapixels.
The color scheme is based on an image capture method that combines data from three visible and one infrared wavelengths of light when the satellite takes full size images of the Earth every 30 minutes.
Unlike NASA imagery, this satellite creates 121-megapixel images that capture the Earth in a single image, rather than creating an image from a set of images from multiple flybys stitched together.
The world’s largest collection of images
This title is awarded by Facebook. In 2019, the social network said in a white paper that its users have uploaded more than 250 billion photos and that 350 million new photos are uploaded every day.
By comparison, this means that each of the 1.15 billion Facebook users has uploaded an average of 217 photos. And those numbers don’t include photo uploads to Instagram, which is part of Facebook.
The smallest object ever photographed
This black dot turned out to be the shadow of an atom. Researchers at Griffith University in Australia wanted to know how many atoms it takes to capture the shadow of an atom, and they proved that it only takes one.
The scientists captured individual atomic ions of ytterbium, a chemical element, and exposed them to light at a specific frequency. Under this light, the shadow of the atom was cast onto the detector, and the digital camera was able to capture the image.
“If we change the frequency of the light we emit onto an atom by even one part in a billion, the image will no longer be visible,” said Professor Kilpinski, the project leader.
Also an important piece of equipment that made it possible to make the discovery was a super-resolution microscope.
Research team member Eric Strid believes that this work has given scientists new ways to study fragile materials:
“This is important if you want to look at very small and fragile biological samples, such as strands of DNA, where exposure to too much ultraviolet light or X‑rays can damage the material.
The most detailed photo of the universe
NASA astronomers have created the largest photo of the universe using the results of 16 years of observations from the Hubble Space Telescope.
The deep sky mosaic, created from nearly 7,500 individual images, provides a broad portrait of the distant universe. The photograph captures 265 thousand! galaxies.
There are two ways to “view” a space image: on a NASA video or upload a photo, the original size of which is almost one gigabyte.
The brightness of the dimmest and most distant galaxies is only one ten-billionth of the brightness of what the human eye can see.
Largest printed photograph
The Great Picture (34 m wide and 9.8 m high) holds the Guinness World Record for the largest printed photograph.
The photo was taken in 2006.
The project used an abandoned hangar at a closed fighter base in California, USA, as the world’s largest camera obscura.
The goal was to take a black-and-white negative of a Marine Corps airfield with its control tower and runways.
The photograph was first exhibited at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California on September 6, 2007.
The largest photograph in the world
At the end of 2014, an international team of professional photographers published a giant panoramic shot of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain. This circular panorama of the mountain range consists of 70 thousand photos!
Its creators claim that if printed on paper, it would be the size of a football field. To date, this is the largest gigapixel photograph taken on Earth.
You can view the full 365-gigapixel photo, move it around and see different points on the project website.
The world’s largest photo mosaic
Innovative glasses company Transitions Optical in Florida, USA created the largest photo mosaic on October 11, 2012 in honor of the World Day of Sight.
The mosaic consists of 176,750 unique photographs that created the image of an eye that sees the world. Its area is 2010.98 m².
People were asked to post images online of things they wouldn’t see if they lost their sight. The photographs ranged from children and families to rainbows, cars, animals and the ocean.
With this project, the company wanted to remind them of the importance of healthy eyes, good vision and the role it plays both when traveling and at home in the backyard.