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- Taken by
- Kyle Porter
- Explore score
- 4.01 Gigapixels
- Date added
- April 22, 2010
- Date taken
- April 18, 2010
Canon Powershot SX110 IS
Update (5-15-12): This shot is now featured in the worlds largest atlas. The book is 6 feet tall and 9 feet wide when open and my Machu Picchu shot was selected to represent South America. 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. 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 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)
All default settings
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
Exposure time: 0.005
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
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 8:01:13 (36 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 6:06:22, Projection: 10:20, Blending: 1:44:31
(Preview finished in 6:32:37)