Behind The Scenes: Creating The Highest Resolution Photo Ever Taken Of Machu Picchu

Jeff Cremer recently traveled to Machu Picchu with the goal of creating the highest resolution image ever taken of one of the most incredible places on Earth. Using a Gigapan robotic head, Jeff swept a Canon 100-400mm lens back and forth over the scene, taking hundreds of photos, which resulted in one incredible image. He even had a close call with the law, but thanks to his early planning and having all his ducks in a row, was able to continue unimpeded. To see the full size image, which is really quite remarkable, click here.

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Bart van Overbeeke's picture

Too bad they didn't edit the photo afterwards for moving people-errors.
See if you can also find the bodyless head!

me! there is also a man and woman without body..or only upper body :)

Shannon Wimberly's picture


Andrew Barros's picture

haha found them as well!

Brett Jackson's picture

FYI in general the smarter everyday series on youtube is good. not photography related, but still cool

I'm curious about the close call with the law comment.  Is that detailed anywhere?

John MacLean's picture

Ya, it's in the video!

In 2009 a police officer was called into the office of the head monkey who ran the place, after I asked if it was possible to pay for the required licenses there and then (rather than having to go back to Cusco with the train, get the professional permissions and pay for those, then go back to Machu Picchu, which would have costed an extra day (not possible since I was traveling with a tourist group), extra night in the hotel extra transport and food... which was out of the question due to time.  And asking for a solution that might be (should be) possible to provide by the authorities in Machu Picchu, just seemed like the correct thing to do.  But no, hell no!  The manager called in the uniformed policeman and asked him to bear witness to every word I said, because I had tried to BRIBE him.... which was totally and completely untrue.  I told the manager that he knew better than to claim such untruths... and that resulted in him to order the police officer to escort me out, and make sure I would not enter Machu Picchu with either tripod or a camera... ANY camera.  Not only my semi professional one, but also any point and shoot  camera was off limits for me personally.  The police officer escorted me out, and apologized for the behaviour of the manager, whom he said was a much hated individual, and at the time his term as the manager was expiring, and he was seemingly trying to cause as much damage as possible in public relations, as possible.  He told me to return the next morning, and I could bring my camera, but not the tripod.

For those of you reading these lines: BEFORE you go to Machu Picchu to make any commissioned photo work or paid photo work or if you just want good photos to document your being there: Arrange for the permissions while you are in Cusco.  Back in 2009 the permission to enter with tripod and professional camera was around 800 US Dollars (can't remember if the 800 dollar figure included the cost of going back to Cusco with the train, or if it was just the permission itself).  Once you get to Machu Picchu, you will not be able to get any permissions at all.  And don't even try to bribe any official workers there to get what you want... that can easily land you in jail and they may lose their work and also go to jail. 

John MacLean's picture

There's at least one area I saw that's OOF. I wonder if the focus ring got turned? If you zoom into this area you'll see the focus go out.

Abram Gotthardt's picture

Anyone else find the man ontop of the mountain?