15,000 x 10,000 pixel for free
Yes, you read that right. I am giving away a 150 Megapixel image for free.
Durst Lambda laser printer = high end image quality
I am a big fan of XL Lambda-Prints (aka type C prints). The printer (Lambda) typically used for XL-prints is produced by Durst Phototechnik AG. The Durst Lambda laser printer is state-of-the-art as regards professional image printing. There is no better way to print your image like a pro.
Why 150 megapixel?
The Durst Lambda laser printer can handle media (paper, backlit, clear film, flex media) up to a width of 127 centimeters (50 inches). So this is the maximum width of an image you can print at once. The length is just limited by the length of the media (for example a 20 meter roll of high gloss paper).
I optimized my USB plug picture for exactly a width of 127 cm and got a length of 190.5 cm (75 inches). This is the maximum size an image with an aspect ratio of 3:2 can be printed on a Durst Lambda at 200 ppi (2,000 dpi). Finally this resulted in a 150 megapixel image (15,000 x 10,000).
If you would like to print the image at 400 ppi (4,000 dpi) – which is the maximum of the Durst Lambda – you would get 600 megapixel (30,000 x 20,000). But to do that you would need a really great image quality and in most “normal” cases it’s absolutely unnecessary to print at such a high resolution.
What can we do with an image of this size? A lot of course. Billboards, posters, or big covers are just a few of the possibilities that come to my mind. Do you have other ideas?
Cold hard cash
Images of this size are normally sold for several hundred Euro, if not for thousands (depends on the motif, the quality and the intended use of course). But after finishing the image, I decided to give it away for free to my readers and publish it under a Creative Commons license. Feel free to use the image for whatever you want but make sure that you follow the Creative Commons 3.0 license I selected for it. Check out the full license for further details.
Please let me know what you think about the image and if you use(d) it. Post your comments below or contact me directly. Interested in more free megapixel images? Or are you interested in buying some (exclusively)? Any questions? Whatever it is I am looking forward to your comment.