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Photographer captures 16-gigapixel panorama image of Machu Picchu

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Photographer captures 16-gigapixel panorama image of Machu Picchu

Photographer Jeff Cremer has captured the highest-resolution photo of the Machu Picchu site ever, measuring about 16-gigapixels.

Machu Picchu is one of the most popular Inca sites throughout the world. The structures have been built sometime in the 14th century for emperor Pachachuti and they are attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Unfortunately, not everybody has the chance to check the area, which is a joy to behold. However, with all these advancements in the internet and digital imaging fields, it would have been a pity not to create a gigantic panoramic image of Machu Picchu.

16-gigapixel panorama image of Machu Picchu revealed
The 16-gigapixel panorama image of Machu Picchu captured by Jeff Cremer with a Canon 7D DSLR camera.

Machu Picchu immortalized in a 16-gigapixel panorama image

We don’t know whether photographer Jeff Cremer was the first to think about this, but he’s surely the first one to make it happen! Cremer has decided to capture the biggest image of the Inca site ever, with the help of a few friends and not-so-expensive gear.

The image of almost 16 gigapixels allows other people to feel like they are right there, somewhere in the mountains surrounding that amazing place. According to Cremer, the Machu Picchu panorama measures 15.9 gigapixels or 297,500 x 87,500 pixels.

Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm lens combination used for taking the photo

The 16-gigapixel panorama image has been captured with the help of a Canon 7D camera, which has been set at f/10 aperture and 1/640 shutter speed. Its creators used the infamous EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, which provided a 35mm focal length equivalent of 645mm.

Jeff Cremer set the Canon 7D DSLR camera on a Gitzo Basalt Explorer tripod and used a Gigapan Epic Pro mount, in order to shoot 1,920 photos of the site.

The team needed one hour and 44 minutes to take the photos and more than 10 hours to copy the images on a computer. The final size of the panorama stands at 6.9 gigabytes.

An amazing panorama which might have not become possible

Cremer was very happy to reveal this panorama, especially after the challenges he had to cope with during the process. It appears that his laptop froze during the photo shoot and he had to retake some of the images.

Additionally, the guards kept asking to check his permits, while some tourists blocked the view for a while.

The 16-gigapixel Machu Picchu panorama image also features an official web page, where curious eyes can see the marvels of the Inca site.

All of this has become possible with the help of the Gigapan wesite, a platform which can be used by photographers to upload their panoramic photos.

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