About The Image


The picture was made with the Canon 7D and a 400mm lens. It consists of 1920 pictures with 18 megapixel, which was recorded by a photo-robot in 1 hour and 44 minutes.

With a resolution of 297,500 x 87,500 pixel (15.9 gigapixels) the picture is the highest resolution photo of Machu Picchu ever taken.

Image stitching was done on a MacPro Hexacore 2.67Ghz, 32GB Ram and OCZ 960GB RevoDrive

Render time was 1.5hrs.

The image took 11.5 hours to upload to gigapan.com which is the largest upload of a .PSB file to date.  

The software required 10.5 hours and 120 gigabytes of free disk space to read and convert the PSB file, and 1 hour to do the upload of 6.9 gigabytes.


People who made this happen:

Jeff Cremer


Visit me in the Peruvian Amazon: Perunature.com

Eric Hanson


Susan Kunkle Thesing


Paul Heckbert

Carnegie Mellon University

Gigapan Technical Manual


Smarter Every Day

Gordon McGladdery

Sound Engineer - A Shell In The Pit

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Machu Picchu 16 Gigapixels

Images: 1920 .CR2 images

Capture Time: 1hr 44min

Size: 297,500 x 87,500 pixels

Camera: Canon 7D

Aperture: f/10

Shutter: 1/640

Focal Length: 645mm

Lens: 100-400mm f/5.6

Mount: Gigapan Epic Pro

Tripod: Gitzo Basalt Explorer

Interview with photographer Jeff Cremer:

Why do you use GigaPan?

I believe that a good photo is one that allows the viewer to see the world in a new way and gigapan does just that. I think that people get more out of the images by being able to explore them and discover things rather than just taking a quick look then moving on to something else.

I also like the way that gigapan combines science and technology to create art. I love computers, technology and technical things, and I also like being creative, when I use gigapan I get to use the creative and analytical sides of my brain at the same time so its really fun!

What inspired you to take this image?

As soon as I purchased my gigapan and brought it back to Peru I knew that Machu Picchu would be a perfect target. I didn't know that it would be such an adventure to take the picture!

What are your favorite parts about the image?

I think that my favorite part of the image is a person standing on top of one of the mountains in the background. Before I explored the image I never even knew that it was possible to climb up there.

Did you have any challenges while shooting?

I had a few challenge while shooting.  Some of the software that I connect the camera to my computer froze and I had to restart the camera and the software then I had to find exactly where in the image the software froze then back up and reshoot the missed images.  If I didn't capture all of the missing images the entire project would have failed.

I also had security guards constantly asking to see my photo permits and some of the tourists blocked my view so I had to pause shooting and wait for them to move.

Stitching such a big image was also a challenge because I only have a laptop.  My friend Eric Hanson from Xrez Studios did the stitching for me.  Paul Heckbert uploaded the picture for me and Susan Thesing was a great help by coordinating everything with gigapan. Without these people the image would not have been possible.

Any advice or tips you’d like to share with other gigapanners?

I think that gigapanners should go out there and shoot lots of images and upload them to gigapan.com.  Gigapan is an amazing source of high-resolution images.  I can’t wait to see what future programmers will be able to create using these images.

Are there other images you have taken with GigaPan outside of Peru that you enjoyed taking?

I haven’t really been outside of Peru with my gigapan although I would like to take a really high-resolution shot of the Miami skyline.  It has already been done but I think that it just be a fun thing to do.

Was there a specific timeframe (time and season) you chose to take this photo of Machu Picchu?

I took this at the end of the dry season so I wouldn't get rained on.  Just as the picture was finishing the clouds moved in.

What do you hope to achieve by taking a gigapixel image of Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is often referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.

In 2008, the World Monuments Fund placed Machu Picchu on its Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the world because of environmental degradation due to tourism.

Beautiful, historical and threatened, I believe that this remarkable site deserved a remarkable photo.  I think that this image can help preserve this amazing place and bring more awareness to the site, its history and its endangered state.

Have you had any interesting feedback about the image?

I haven’t shown many people the image but everyone that has seen it likes it. My parents especially like it.

Since many of your images are taken in Peru, what do you love about the country?

I moved to Peru about 6 years ago.  I was only going to stay for 2 months then move on but once I started exploring the country I just kept staying and never left. Peru has everything from some of the driest deserts on earth to huge mountains that are over 22,000 ft tall. They also have the amazon rainforest where I work giving photography tours.  They also have tons of culture from Quechua and Aymara “campesinos” in the highlands to indigenous tribes in the jungle.

Do you have plans to shoot more gigapixel images in the near future? Where? When?

I love hiking in the mountains so I would like to climb a mountain and take a huge panorama of the Andes.  I might do this next year.

About Jeff -

This is the part where I’m supposed to write about myself in the third person – as if someone hijacked my website and decided to say a bunch of great stuff about me.

Instead I’ll say this: I’m just a regular everyday normal guy who likes to take pictures.

I havent been to the moon or to the bottom of the sea. But I have travelled and lived in many far away places and had a lot of amazing adventures. I've taken a lot of neat photos along the way.

I’ve been published in books and magazines, but not nearly enough to be a super famous millionaire. My parents are proud of me and love my pictures and thats the better than any amount of money or fame I could ever get.

I'm a curious person by nature and I like to combine science, nature and technology to create art and explore the amazing universe that we live in, from photos of tiny ants drinking from a drop of water to giant galaxies colliding with each other in space.

I believe that if I can take a photo that enables a person to see something in a new way, pause for a moment and think or ask a question, I believe that I have done my job as a photographer.

I could list my publication credits and professional accomplishments, and tell you what other people have said about me but my mom and dad would be more than happy to do that job for me.

Lets be friends, better yet, lets take a trip to the moon. - Jeff