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Life of Pi: On location in Pondicherry, India – in pictures

Life of Pi is most famous for the CGI tiger of the second act, but the entire first act of Ang Lee’s film was shot on location in the coastal town of Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry), where the blend of French colonial and Indian cultures is unique in south India and a true one-off for travellers Continue reading…

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Zoom in on Mount Everest in a gigapixel photograph

An incredible new zoom photograph shows Everest in extreme detail, highlighting the effects of climate change and allowing viewers to navigate around base camp and the mountain

It’s a famous view, but few have ever seen Everest as up close and personal before. Filmmaker and climate-change campaigner David Breashears spent this spring taking around 400 images of Everest and its near neighbours from a vantage point above base camp through a 300mm lens. Now he’s released them digitally stitched together to form one image – click here to see the full image.

The result is a stunning panoramic photograph of the Everest region – with a twist. You can zoom in on specific areas and see the roof of the world in extraordinary detail. From a distance small colourful dots mark the location of base camp. Zooming in, you can pick out each tent clearly – and a man bending down as he washes his face.

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