Wojczyński has shared the
“The entire project was a string of significant challenges,” Wojczyński shared with My Modern Met. “First, there was an issue of transporting a lot of heavy equipment to Namibia. Some parts of the setup were rented on-site, so there wasn’t even an opportunity to test everything before the trip. Lastly, I had technical problems processing the final picture as my standard workflow could not handle a photograph this large, so I had to split up the image into slices and process them one by one.”
The full-size, finished image comes in at 53,480×41,010 pixels and takes up 13 gigabytes of hard drive space. It’s composed of 110 mosaic panes, with each pane shot at 400 ISO with a four-minute exposure. The crisp clarity of the photo is owed to the pristine on-site conditions—no light pollution, no satellites in view, a high elevation, and dry air with good transparency. In this case, the stars really did all align.
Wojczyński’s achievement is all the more impressive when one considers that another high-resolution photo of the Milky Way took the photographer
Astrophotographer Bartosz Wojczyński traveled to Namibia to take a 2.2-gigapixel photo of the Milky Way.
Check out these incredible details of the Milky Way as photographed in Namibia.