SUPER HIGH RESOLUTION: From China, the 24.9 billion pixel photo that’s blown minds

Shanghai – VIJAY SHAH via sources

If you are an amateur photographer and your only method of capturing the world around you is with the potato camera lumped in with your smartphone, the subject of this article might make you feel even more ‘crappy’ than before, or it might just inspire you.

Bigpixel, a Chinese company specialising in in-depth photography, hooked up with a handful of tourism promotion agencies in the city of Shanghai to produce a 360-degree photograph with the mind-shattering and eye-burning resolution of 24.9 billion pixels, or 195 gigapixels (195,000 megapixels), the second highest resolution panorama ever produced in Asia to date. Bear in the mind the average smartphone takes pictures at maximum 12 megapixels. Shot from the top of the 468-metre Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower in the city’s Pudong New Area, the image of Shanghai’s skyline is breathtaking in itself, but the real fun part comes when you zoom in on different parts of the image, using your mouse.


The detail of this panorama is so intense that you can make out the clothing and hair of people walking near the roundabout below the tower. From the default view you see when you open the website, these same people look like mere flecks of dust, a pixel or two in size. You can also see the fine detail on vehicles on the streets below, or become a virtual voyeur of sorts and spy through the windows of the various skyscrapers on view.

The Bigpixel scenery picture has blown minds across the internet, with people comparing it to the world’s most extreme re-interpretation of the classic children’s puzzle book series ‘Where’s Wally?’. Dan Landek tweeted: “That has fried my brain! You can zoom in to the back of the photo and read the number plates on the cars! Unreal”. Meanwhile, on Facebook, Ellie Hodgson exclaimed: “it is nuts how good this image is, and how far you can zoom in and the clarity of the image!”

Sue Tucker, also on Facebook, commented: “Omg you can see things on desks in those offices when you zoom in !!!”. Some commentators however disputed that the image was taken from a single camera shot at all, claiming that the panorama was in fact several hundred images cleverly stitched together. This was the case according to Digital Trends, which said that the picture took two months to set up. Around eight million people have already explored the jumbo holiday pic, which is said to be 2,000 times more precise than that taken by an ordinary camera, according to Business Insider.

Bigpixel also trades under the name Jingkun Technology. The Shanghai image has become the company’s centrepiece, and has helped broaden its appeal among the many Chinese and international companies it has worked with.

You can see for yourself at this link:


The Poke, Facebook, Facebook Inc.

“You can zoom all the way in to this 24.9bn pixel camera pic and minds are being blown” – The Poke (21 December 2018)

“195 Gigapixel Shanghai” – Bigpixel Studio

“We could explore this astonishing 195-gigapixel panorama of Shanghai all day” – Trevor Mogg, Digital Trends/Designtechnica Corporation (25 December 2018)

“A Chinese company said it created a photo with such a high resolution that you can zoom from thousands of meters away to see people’s facial expressions” – Christian Edwards, Business Insider/Insider Inc. (21 December 2018)


“Free stock photo of air pollution, architecture, asia” – Pixabay, Pexels




PHOTO MOMENT: Together forever

(c) via ‏@April1_1989/@IQRTG


 “Forever is a long time. But, I wouldn’t mind spending it by your side ❤ “

The best kind of love is the one that lasts forever. The kind where there is kindness, compassion, devotion, faith, and mutual respect and care. Because these are the kind of cherished ingredients that make the perfect relationship.

Long live forever love…..

Today’s Photo Moment was brought to you by courtesy of Inspirational Quotes and Huma.

Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc.
Inspirational Quotes, Twitter, Twitter Inc.
huma, Twitter, Twitter Inc.

PHOTO MOMENT: Hold that pose!!


“Hold that pose!”

“That’s the trouble about being a squirrel photographer….all my subjects seem a bit nuts!”



Two red squirrels frolic about in the snow, while one realises her dream of being an ace photographer. The pages of Squirrel Vogue and National Geographic await.

This photo comes from the wildlife and travel collection of Zoraida Palacios, who describes herself as a defender and protector of animals. She is also an art lover with a degree in administration. The tweet was created by Britannia PR, known fully as Britannia Communications Partnership Digital Communications Agency. This public relations agency was ranked number one in a list of 500 agencies in March 2015 on Klout, Peer Index, Kred and Social Authority. Their Twitter account often shares amazing example of scenic and natural photography, as well as images from around the British Isles. They are based in London.

Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc.
Britannia PR, Twitter, Twitter Inc.
Zoraida Palacios, Twitter, Twitter Inc.

STREET-AND-SKY SCENERY: Photo ‘exhibition’ by Anjali – an HEM special

Vijay Shah (editor)

with Anjali Shah (photographer)

A few months ago, my youngest sister Anjali received an iPhone as a gift. One of the things iPhones are renowned for is their impressive photographic capabilities, considering the phone’s camera is far smaller and more pressed for space compared to the usage specificity and technological prowess of specially made cameras from the likes of Canon, Nikon, Minolta etc.

The iPhone, one of the most successful exports of the House of Apple, Inc. boasts a 8 megapixel camera and has become a weapon of choice for ‘pocket photographers’ who don’t want to be burdened by expensive and clunky camera equipment, and its numerous and easy settings have also made it hot property for the casual amateur or semi-professional shutterbug.

I’m not much of an iPhone fan myself. In fact I’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini which takes some pretty impressive snaps itself, but my sister is very much on the side of the techies in Cupertino. She was thrilled to bits to finally get her mobile after a lot of searching and loitering on online auctions. One of the most pleasing things I see as her older sibling about Anjali having this iPhone is that it has really opened up her passion and flair for photography. It is nice to see her asserting her talent and surprising me with her creativity. A chip off the old HEM block, no doubt.


Lately, Anjali has used her phone’s filter and effects settings to produce a handful of shots of scenery while out and about in Seven Kings, a suburban area to the east of London. Influenced by the natural play of light and colour, these shots are simple, but captivating homages to the beauty of the sky at its most vivid. Taken over a period of around two months at different times of the day, Anjali’s ‘street and sky’ pictures capture a series of atmospheric moods and environments. Anju has kindly allowed me to reproduce some finetuned versions of her outdoors imagery, which save for a bit of standard auto-fixing using the imaging website piZap, are exactly as she envisioned and created them.

The ‘Street and Sky Scenery’ gallery contains seven photos. The album can be seen in greater detail on the HEM Flickr page.

Anjali Shah via Vijay Shah, The Half-Eaten Mind, Flickr
“Blue camera girl nail polish nikon gif” – Somegif via Google Images.


PHOTO MOMENT: Stunning Hawai’i sunset

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.

– Rabindranath Tagore (Thakur), Stray Birds

(c) @EarthPix via @RTtheBEST
(c) @EarthPix via @RTtheBEST

The slipping grip of the setting sun transforms the sky and clouds into a gentle medley of dark purple and fiery shades of orange and red in this photo shared on Twitter. The exact location of the photograph is unknown, but is purported to have been taken on a beach somewhere in Hawai’i. There is a beautiful and appreciable contrast between the silhouettes of the palm trees as they are framed against the riot of colour above and beyond them.

The details of the original photographer are not known, but the image was originally tweeted by an account called “Earth Pics” – which offers ‘amazing pictures of places, people, animals, and nature’. They also showcase their photo collection on Instagram, as well as a Tumblr blog ( The Instragram link can be found on this blog.

The image above has been retweeted 1,300 times and favourited by 2,500 ‘tweeps’.

(c) Earth Pix
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter
RTtheBEST, Twitter
Earth Pix, Tumblr
“Quotes About Sunset” – goodreads, Goodreads Inc
Earth Pics, Twitter
Earth Pix, Tumblr


(c) @Ms0dn via @sari1415

The above picture depicts a baby deer or calf, along with a slogan in Arabic. I am not sure exactly what species this little baby belongs to, but assume it may be an Arabian oryx. It was originally created by an Arab Twitter user named @Ms0dn and was shared on the account of Sari (@sari1415) and retweeted by “Discussion”, a Kuwait-based individual who follows me on my personal account. The picture was accompanied with a sentence which roughly translated says “Look at those eyes, Awwwwwwww!

Deer and gazelle young are renowned for their soft doe-eyed expressions and for being a perfect example of the kinder and gentler side of nature. Their innocent expression and ungainly style of walking have endeared them to countless wildlife photographers and children. Most people are aware of the adventures of the little deer Bambi in the eponymous Disney cartoon. They often stay close to their mothers for many months after birth as their vulnerability makes them an easy target for opportunistic predators such as lionesses and cheetahs.





Vijay Shah { विजय } on Twitter LINK
الخواطر (Discussion) on Twitter LINK
“Sari” on Twitter LINK


PHOTO MOMENT: Cool photos of Rare and Amazing Things

Vijay Shah (editor)

Joy Barnes (contributor)

Today’s photo moment comes courtesy of an email forwarded on to me from an old friend and former housemate I lived with until two years ago. The Half-Eaten Mind offers you a selection of photos depicting amazing animals and places that will inspire an equal amount of awe and amazement, with a hefty dollop of cuteness thrown in for good measure.

The pictures you will see here are reproduced exactly as I received them, with original captions maintained. This Photo Moment reminds us of the cool and amazing things that exist in our world and that great photo opportunities are available to everyone. To make and to witness. There are many rare things and sights in this world that many of us will be lucky to see even once in this lifetime. This Photo Moment could be the closest to seeing these spectacular events outside of actually being there.

Zoe the White Zebra has blue eyes and golden stripes.
A small cheetah training to be the fastest in the universe.
‘The cat without fear’
Hotel Four Seasons Bora Bora
Conservatory of Music in China
So embrace the zebras
Kiss in Paris
Premature elephant born only one minute ago.
Each year in February, the sun’s angle is such that Horsetail Falls waterfall lights like fire. Yosemite, USA
Houseboat, Iceland.
Panda, scared after the earthquake in Japan, embraced the leg of a policeman.
Dubai dawn with fog
Kalapana, Hawaii where sea meets lava
”I think I’ll try to take a picture of myself.”
”The sand burn, burn, burn!”
Beijing Airport by night
Two-year-old chimpanzee feeding milk to “Aorn,” a small tiger 60 days old.
A duck tends to continue throughout his life to follow whoever he first sees at birth, whether or not it’s his mother.
”Otter by teaching your baby.”
Highway in Japan with snow around more than 10 meters high.
Puma cub
Spectacular rice fields in China
Austria’s Green Lake is a beautiful park in winter. The snow melts in summer and creates a very clear lake.
Undersea tunnel linking Sweden and Denmark
The world’s highest swimming pool is located in the skyscraper Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Views chilling.
Amazing lightning storm over the Grand Canyon.
The so-called ”Tunnel of Love” Ukraine
A rancher was not allowed to build shelter for his horses, so he built a table and a chair, without breaking the law.
Baby chameleons
Panda helping another
“The road to Heaven,” a place in Ireland where every two years the stars align with the road
World’s largest swimming pool in San Alfonso, Chile – more than 1,000 yards long
Crystal Palace, Madrid
”Heaven’s Gate,” Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain, China
True friendship is not being there when it’s convenient, it’s being there when it is not.
The Northern Lights, Alaska
Llamas after fleecing
White owl
The famous Rosa Moss Bridges, Ireland
Eiffel Tower, romantic and beautiful Paris, France
Road to Hana – Maui, Hawaii
Hanging restaurant, Belgium
Baby giraffe
Sea otters hold hands while they sleep to keep the current from separating them
There are animals with more sensitivity than many people.
Fireman giving drink to a baby koala in Australia fires
Amazing view of Manhattan, New York from above
Frozen bubbles in the Canadian Rockies, Canada
Spiral iridescent cloud in the sky in the Himalayas – phenomenon observed on October 18, 2009
View of the semi-submerged cataract, Hawaii
Northern lights over the Canadian Rockies
Winter in Paris
A pink lake due to a harmless bacteria – Retba Lake, north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal
This dog saved her puppies from a fire at home and put them safely in one of the fire trucks.
Infinite Cave, Vietnam


Original copyrights belong to the photographers who took the above creations. Images derived from email by Joy Barnes and forwarded by Suzanne Nungesser.