Case Study

For the official Diamond Jubilee Portrait of the Queen, the British based Australian artist Ralph Heimans created a large scale and life-sized painting. MAX was commissioned to create a Gigapixel image of the painting at a resolution that would reveal every intricate brushstroke.

To create a digital copy of the painting we used a Hasselblad camera fitted with a Phase One camera back. However, even the most sophisticated medium format digital cameras are not capable of revealing all of the detail of such a large-scale work. We therefore shot twenty-eight individual pictures of sections of the painting, which we merged into one seamless image of over 1.5 GB in file size using the latest imaging technologies. To generate a perfect image we had to ensure that the lighting was consistent and that there was no glare from the highly glossy surface of the delicate oil painting.

Images courtesy of Ralph Heimann