Here's a photo you just have to see to believe. This absolutely stunning 360-degree photo of New York City is the future of photography - it's made up of 2,000 individual images, stitched together into one huge 20 gigapixel image.
Photographer Jeffrey Martin took the 2,000 photos over two days from the top of the Empire State Building using a Canon 5Dsr camera with a 135mm lens.
He then used software he developed years ago with his brother to stitch the photos together for a full immersive 360-degree view of the Big Apple.
See a screenshot of the photo below, but I recommend heading to Martin's profile on 360gigapixels to play around with the photo and see everything cool about it. Here, you'll also be able to see his other fun projects, and a very similar photo that he took in London back in 2012.
Could this be the future of photography? Martin seems to think so. That's why he created the 360 Cities site as a place for photographers to share their cool panoramic and immersive photos. He noted in his 360-degree profile:
While this medium of 360 photography has come a long way in the last decade, I think it is only now starting to be utilized in the ways it deserves - as a navigational tool, as a presentation tool, and as a documentary tool. But this is only the beginning! I hope you're enjoying the ride :-)