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Beautiful panoramic landscapes of GigaPan.com > Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas- featured in the Guinness World Record Book, Earth Platinum by Kyle Porter

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Taken by
Kyle Porter Kyle Porter
Explore score
4.01 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 22, 2010
Date taken
Apr 18, 2010

Canon Powershot SX110 IS

architectural, cityscapes, environmental, fine art, geology, landscape, photojournalism, travel

Update (5-15-12): This shot is now featured in the worlds largest atlas, Earth Platinum. The book is 6 feet tall and 9 feet wide when open and my Machu Picchu shot was selected to represent South America.

Here is a recent news quote.

"We at Guinness World Records are thrilled and honored to be witnessing the production of what we're sure will be the world's largest atlas," says Chris Sheedy from Guinness World Records Australia/NZ. "It will represent the breaking of a record that has stood since circa 1660 and, in this era of digital content, will provide a unique, valuable, enduring and unforgettable perspective on the world we live in."

This trip was an amazing adventure and we did it in just over 3 days, traveling by planes, trains and two hour long death defying cab rides. One day there, on day to shoot and explore and one day to come home.

Macchu Picchu is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.
The Incas started building the estate around AD 1400 but it was abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction.
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Since it was not plundered by the Spanish when they conquered the Incas, it is especially important as a cultural site and is considered a sacred place. Machu Picchu was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World through an online and telephone poll conducted by the New7Wonders foundation.
Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its primary buildings are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. These are located in what is known by archaeologists as the Sacred District of Machu Picchu. In September 2007, Peru and Yale University reached an agreement regarding the return of artifacts which Hiram Bingham had removed from Machu Picchu in the early twentieth century.

Gigapan Comments (4)

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  1. Kyle Porter

    Kyle Porter (May 15, 2012, 10:37AM )

    Thank you Bonnie, The discoloration in the right of the gigapan is caused by shadows of clouds moving over the area the camera was shooting. Gigapan are ideally taken on cloudless days to correct this problem but as I only had a few hours on top of the mountain waiting was not an option. check out my Machu Picchu in the worlds largest atlas here. www.millenniumhouse.com.au/title-e arth-plat.html Will open in
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  2. Bonnie Conner

    Bonnie Conner (May 03, 2012, 08:19AM )

    I had a question about the color change in the lower right corner of the gigapan. I had the same thing happen with one of mine and since I am new to the whole process, I was wondering if you knew what causes it. Great picture by the way!

  3. Kyle Porter

    Kyle Porter (April 28, 2010, 01:18PM )

    Thanks, it was a great trip.

  4. Dan Klimek

    Dan Klimek (April 25, 2010, 11:01AM )

    Very nice. Thank you.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 4011 megapixels (120904 x 33180 pixels)
Input images: 799 (47 columns by 17 rows)
Field of view: 219.8 degrees wide by 60.3 degrees high (top=21.7, bottom=-38.6)
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Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-04-18 12:28:37 - 2010-04-18 13:23:42
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.005
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 357.6 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 24.8 to 44.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 22.6 to 30.4 percent
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