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Monday, 21 April 2014

Sightsmap - World Most Photographed Locations

Dear friends,

A week or two ago I accidentally bumped into this very interesting article about World Most Photographed Locations. It presented this lovely application named Sightsmap that can be accessed online via any browser. As you can see below the map shows us in a colorful way - using purple, red and yellow - which are the locations that attract the people holding the camera more. Dark purple is for the locations that are less photographed and the bright yellow is for the ones that are the most accessed - the ones where people cannot seem to let their camera down and constantly press the button to take pictures until the battery runs dry. Here is actually what they say:
"The heatmap shows the places people like, based on the number of panoramio photos at each place in the world. The dark areas have few photos, the red areas have more and the yellow areas have a large number of photos geotagged.
The hottest places have markers linking photos, streetview, wikipedia, wikivoyage, foursquare and google plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by the wikipedia readership numbers and foursquare checkins. Area populations are based on the geonames database.
Street level heatmaps are available for top 15000 places in the world, sorted by the number of photos in an area of a size of a few square kilometers around the place center. The popularity ranking of places in high-res area maps is computed by combining place hotness with popularity rankings from wikipedia, foursquare and real-time google places selection.
It is possible to use a link ending with any place name, like this: http://www.sightsmap.com/New_York"
Predictably, the sights happen to be some of the world's most recognizable landmarks. New York City claimed the world's most photographed location, with Frank Lloyd Wright's spiraling Guggenheim Museum beating out the city's other famed structures like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Rome's Colosseum and the Renaissance church Trinità dei Monti helped push the Italian city into the second spot, while Barcelona came in third place with Antoni Gaudi's surreal Park Güell.
I was really happy to see that Poland and Romania are quite well represented and that there are a couple of bright yellow spots - especially in Krakow and Warsaw for Poland and Iasi, Cluj Napoca and Bucharest for Romania. I knew that Europe will appear bright in contrast with Africa or Australia but I really loved to zoom in and check the yellow locations. It gives you a nice picture of where you should travel next and what sights you should see.

** Hope you lads/lasses will enjoy it as much as I did :) And nope, I was not payed to write this article, it was all made out of love 'couse I though you might like this as well ;) **

Yours truly,
A LadyBug Who Loves To Take Pictures