November 25, 2012

See Machu Picchu in 16 Gigapixels

How detailed is a photograph rendered in 16 gigapixels?

This image of a man taking a picture with a smart phone:

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is found to the left of the small red arrow in this image:

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Link to Machu Picchu in 16 Gigapixels is HERE

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 25, 2012 1:59 PM
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The photo is a composite of many very high definition shots, and consequently there's at least one set of boots and legs missing their owner on the long stairway. And yes, the detail is amazing. Off across the river is another mysterious linear ruin - wonder what that was!

Posted by: Hunt Johnsen at November 25, 2012 4:22 PM

Not enough pixels! No way can I read any of the logos on folks shirts or hats.

Posted by: Mike Anderson at November 25, 2012 8:49 PM

Hunt:
From the webpage:
Why are there floating heads in the image?
http://www.gigapixelperu.com/Floating_Heads.html

For some reason I couldn't easily copy and paste the text.

If you zoom out further on the picture by using the slider you can see there is space for more pictures.

Posted by: Potsie at November 26, 2012 7:03 AM

Hunt:
From the webpage:
Why are there floating heads in the image?
http://www.gigapixelperu.com/Floating_Heads.html

For some reason I couldn't easily copy and paste the text.

If you zoom out further on the picture by using the slider you can see there is space for more pictures.

Posted by: Potsie at November 26, 2012 7:05 AM

There's floating heads and other artifacts in the image because it was multiple images shot with a commercially available Canon 7d, 18mgp w/400mm lens on a robot motorized gimbal mount, and then stitched together on a Mac. I count 11 images across by 6 high. Read the 'About' at the full image. The whole exposure took 1h44m. People won't stand still that long.
There's also a couple of people half sunk into the rock ledge, at about 9 o'clock position, far tower, left stairs.

Posted by: ed in texas at November 27, 2012 6:49 AM

Follow the stairs down from the couple half sunk in the rock and you will see a guy doing his Where's Waldo impression.

Posted by: Ron in CO at November 28, 2012 5:53 PM