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Behind the scenes of Drew Gardner's gigapixel shot of British royal family

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Drew's 2.3 gigapixel image is made up of more than 100 50MP files, shot with the Fujifilm GFX 50S. Click the thumbnail to launch the interactive image at www.telegraph.co.uk

Photographer Drew Gardner has been a photographer for more than 30 years, and since 1999 he's worked mostly in the commercial world. Following a recent move into 360-degree imaging, he accepted a commission from British newspaper The Telegraph to shoot a gigapixel image of the queen's birthday parade. Earlier this week we spoke to Drew to learn more about how the project came together.


Following a career working in local and national press, I decided to move away from newspapers and into commercial and advertising photography, in 1999. These days I shoot extensively for magazines around the world, so the commission has to be something really special to entice me to work with newspapers again.

When I was asked to shoot a gigapixel photo for the Daily Telegraph, it was a trip down memory lane for me in many ways, but with the latest technology so I leapt at the chance. I was approached about two weeks before the event, and I spent many hours working out the sequence of events and the best position to place the camera.

I work with a wide variety of gear but this occasion seemed a perfect opportunity for a medium format camera, where ultimate resolution would be very useful.

'The final image doesn't represent one moment, but rather many different moments'

I like shooting gigapixel photos to record events. The final image doesn't represent one moment, but rather many different moments. This provides a better overall feel of what it was like to be there. When I say many different moments, the final gigapixel image is made up of more than 110 50 megapixel images, shot on a Fujifilm GFX 50s with a 250mm F4 lens. The result is a 2.3 gigapixel file.

Drew Gardner has been a professional photographer since 1979. Based in the UK, Drew's work spans local and national press, and commercial photography for clients including Manfrotto and Suzuki Motor Corporation.

Check out more of Drew's work at his website, drewgardner.com

I love the Fujifilm GFX 50S. It really suits the way I shoot medium format camera, and it weighs less than most DSLRs. Image quality is stunning and it has proven very reliable.

What I really like about the GFX is its high ISO performance. Even though the light was excellent I shot at ISO 1600 to allow me to stop down to F11-16 for better depth-of-field. To move the camera I used a Seitz VR drive motorized head - the same head that I use for all my 360 degree still images, too.

I’m a huge fan of Brian Storm of Mediastorm who is a great advocate of the use of audio and this was the perfect occasion to record ambient audio of the event with a Zoom H2N audio recorder. Audio is all too often overlooked and yet it is a very easy way of adding another valuable dimension to a gigapixel or 360 panorama image.

View the final gigapixel image at www.telegraph.co.uk

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Also, for GDPR purposes, I live in France now.
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