Travel and photography go hand in hand, and some people feel that documenting the trip and preserving its memories is almost as important as taking the trip itself. Travel plans that involve photography tours are becoming more and more popular, and the trend is the same in South America. Not everyone is comfortable with their photography skills, it can be time consuming and frustrating to know which is the best camera to buy, and then once you get it you need to learn how to use it.Fortunately there are tours operators in South America that can help take the guessing work out of both.
Rainforest Expeditions recently announced that its tour photo director, Jeff Cremer, went on his own holidays and came away with some impressive results. The company has announced he may have taken the highest resolution (15.9 gigapixels) photo of Machu Picchu ever taken.
The photo has been released to the public at http://www.gigapixelperu.com. For those who have not yet been to Machu Picchu it provides an incredible amount of detail with the possibility to zoom in and out of the photo. For those travelers who have been lucky enough to see this great Inca ruin, the individual snapshots within the image will bring back great memories.
Considered one of the top ten destinations in South America, Machu Picchu is often listed at the top of traveler's lists when heading to South America. It is recommended that people who fly into Lima spend a few days in Cusco to acclimate to the altitude before attempting to hike the region or do anything strenuous. Often a few days resting, drinking plenty of water or coca tea works for most tourists.
"Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of the World and the most familiar icon of the ancient Inca," explains Cremer when asked about his destination choice for the photo. "In 2008, the World Monuments Fund placed it on its Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the world due to environmental degradation mostly from tourism. Beautiful, historical and threatened, I believed that this extraordinary site deserved a remarkable photo to hopefully raise awareness and help in its preservation."
For this shoot Cremer used some of the professional photography equipment he uses in the Rainforest Expeditions' tours including a Canon 7D with a 100-400mm f/5.6 lens. The photo consists of 1920 separate images recorded by a photo-robot in 1 hour and 42 minutes and then stitched together.The final resolution of the image is 297,500 x 87,500 pixels or 15.9 gigapixels.
Photography buffs can take a peek of the making of the photo with Destin Sandlin's behind the scenes Youtube video found here.
Rainforest Expedition Nature Photograph Tours provides all the equipment needed for tours and Cremer both coordinates and leads week long photography tours along the wild Tambopata River in the Peruvian Amazon. For travelers with less holiday time, there are programs available for five days. Regardless of the tour the aim is to give participants a taste of what it would be like to be a National Geographic wildlife photographer. Some of this includes using professional camera equipment including Canon 600mm f/4 lenses, specialized macro lenses to shoot things as small as an an and a number of other equipment. The tour goes one step farther to teach participants how to use photo editing software and the principle of good photography.
The per person double occupancy rate for a seven day photo tour is $2,521; a single supplement is $330. Photography equipment, lodging, meals, activities, jungle guides, photography instructor and transportation while on tour are included in the package.