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Top 10 most photographed sights in Europe in 2017 according to Instagram

2017-05-16

Europe is the number one travel destination in the world. Especially, the historical cities of the continent attract tourists (at least, before they find the beaches and mountains). The most photographed sights of Europe are familiar for most travelers even they haven’t visited the sites themselves yet.

Here is ranking for the top 10 most photographed sights in Europe according to the social media photo service Instagram (via DW).

Paris, France, Europe, Eiffel tower

Paris, France. Eiffel tower in morning mist.


1. Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world that charges a fee from visitors. About 7 million tickets are sold annually, and who knows how many million tourists don’t want to queue up to the lifts but settle for taking selfies on the ground. Don’t start bargaining over the price if someone offers to sell you the Eiffel. It has been sold already – many times.

2. Tower Bridge in London, England.

It is the towers standing in the Thames River that make the Tower Bridge stand out from the other splendid sights of London. One might think that Big Ben would be the iconic place to take a photo in London, but the bridge is more popular.

Barcelona, Spain, Sacrada da Familia, design by Gaudi

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.


3. Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.

Two things, at least, will surprise you if you visit the Gaudi designed church in Barcelona: it is much bigger and impressive than any photo can ever tell, and it is still a construction site. The church is so big and complicated to build that the work started in 1882, and is planned to finish in 2026. In reality, it will never finish because older parts of the building already need renovation work. Nonetheless, it is one of the most remarkable man-made sights in the whole world.

4. Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

Tourists may queue up to the churches of the Vatican for hours, but the Colosseum is the most photographed sight in Rome. There was space for about 50 000 spectators in Colosseum in the glory days of Rome (who weren’t there for Russell Crowe).

5. Red Square in Moscow, Russia.

The Red Square has been a backdrop in so many movies (especially action films where a hot car chase crosses the square) that it may appear familiar even though you haven’t visited it. Other sights on the sides of the square include St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, and Lenin’s Mausoleum.

6. Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

The remnants of a fortress have been guarding the city of Athens for over 3000 years. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for 30 years.

berlin, branderburger gate

Berlin, Germany: Brandenburger Gate.


7. Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

If the Berlin Wall still existed, it could be one of the most photographed sights in Europe, but it disappeared in 1989. The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin’s center is a majestic sight with beautiful old administrative buildings around it. (Pieces of the Berlin Wall have been retained here and there if you want to have a look how it used to be).

8. Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Charles Bridge is located in a central place in the old town of Prague. Probably every visitor will walk across it. The castle on the other side of the river and the center of the old town on the other side should be on every tourist’s itinerary.

9. Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, UK.

Edinburgh is such a lovely city to explore and to photograph that it is surprising that one subject is in everyone’s frame. The Castle on the Castle Hill is difficult to photograph because of its size and location. Tip: in August, the Tattoo event in Edinburgh is remarkable.

10. Atomium statue in Brussels, Belgium.

Usually, it is true that if millions of people think a place or a monument is worth visiting, there is something truly remarkable in there. Well, maybe this is an exception. The Atomium statue in Brussels was constructed for the 1958 World Fair. What’s wrong with taking a selfie in front of Manneken Pis in the city center?

View travel photograph galleries by travel writers here.

A small, easy-to-use drone for serious selfie-photographers

2016-10-15

Selfie-sticks are surprisingly popular, even though they let you take photos from a very limited angle, and that’s why selfie-stick photos tend to look the same. We don’t expect to see as many selfie sticks at tourist destinations next peak season anymore as we have seen this year. Ambitious selfie photographers may move on to selfie drones because now, it looks like there is a drone product that everyone can use without having to spend days in learning how to fly one.
yuneec breeze selfie drone
Yuneec Breeze is roughly the size of a thick book, but it is much lighter than a book (the heaviest component is the battery). It is meant to be small and light so that it is easy to take along in a bag or packbag. A smartphone or tablet (Android and Apple) is required in order to tell the drone what it has to do.

Before the drone takes off, you have to choose the flying mode:

Pilot: This gives the most control over the drone. You can fly the drone manually by controlling it in the Breeze Cam app.
Selfie: Distance, altitude, and position sliders let you adjust the position of the drone in relation to yourself.
Orbit: The Orbit mode lets you instruct the Breeze to circle around you or another object.
Journey: The camera pitch determines the angle the drone will fly at, and you can adjust how far it goes.
Follow Me: First, you have to manually fly the drone to a position where you want it. Activate Follow Me, and the drone will keep its distance and position and follow you.

If the drone detects any problems with communication between itself and the device that is controlling it, it will return home (the place where it took off). And it is always possible to push return home button in the app.

The list price for the Yuneec Breeze is USD 499. The company lists retailers for the product on the web page here.

Le Monde tested the Breeze, and they were happy about:
– the image quality
– ease of use
– flight stability
– compact size.
Le Monde didn’t like:
– weak light indicators.
– image quality in some video modes.
– short flight time (battery lasts 12 minutes).

Here you can view sample video clips captured by Terry Dunn:

Yuneec Breeze key features and specifications

Flying modes: selfie, pilot, follow-me, journey, orbit.
Dimensions: 196 x 196 x 65 mm
Weight: 385 g.
Battery: 1150 mAh LiPo.
Flight time: up to 12 minutes.
Max flying height: 80 meters.
Max horizontal speed: 5 m/s (restricted by software)
Max climbing speed: 1 m/s
Wifi.
Android and Apple iOS apps for controlling the drone.
Camera:
– 0°C – 40°C working temperature.
– 13 Megapixel CMOS sensor.
– 4K and 1080p video capture.
– 4160 x 3120 pixels (13 MP) still images.
– FOV 117°
– 1/30 – 1/8000s shutter speed
– White balance: auto, sunny, sunrise, sunset, cloudy, tungsten light, glowing, disabled

On this video Bo Lorentzen shows you the features of the Yuneec Breeze and how to fly it:

Why take a selfie in front of Eiffel Tower? Here are top 10 selfie locations in Europe

2016-06-06

Which travel destination in Europe is the most popular for taking selfies? No, it is not Heathrow or Barcelona airport, nor Big Ben, but Eiffel Tower in Paris. That’s what British tourists ranked the highest when they were asked about their favorite selfie shooting locations in Europe.
Paris, France, Europe, Eiffel tower
Even though France managed to take the top position in the ranking for the most popular selfie location, the most popular countries in top ten are Spain and Italy. Here is the top 10 list for the most popular selfie locations in Europe as voted by British tourists.

Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
Colosseum – Rome, Italy
Tower of Pisa – Italy
Stonehenge – Wiltshire, England
Piazza San Marco – Venice, Italy
Ibiza Old town – Balearic Islands, Spain
Sagrada de Familia – Barcelona, Spain
Las Ramblas – Barcelona, Spain
Brandenburger Gate – Berlin, Germany
Palacio Real – Madrid, Spain

berlin, branderburger gateBrandenburger Gate, Berlin.
The survey was conducted by Vueling Airlines.

Other bits and pieces of information from the survey:

– 46% of tourists say they have taken a selfie at a landmark, and left after that without really exploring the sight.
– 25% travelled to a site just to take a picture they could then post on social media.
– The average British tourist takes 88 photos on a holiday trip.

If the same survey was conducted to an Europe-wide audience, London’s landmarks like the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Piccadilly Circus would probably rank high on the selfie list.

What does a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower prove? I was here, or I remember you my friend even when I am traveling far from home? It is actually an old custom to prove that a traveler has visited a specific place.

Selfies may not be as new and hot thing as many believe. Yes, taking a selfie in front of a mirror or in front of a landmark is extremely popular, but even before cameraphones existed, people used to take selfies. Before digital cameras, selfies were taken with film cameras, but because the development of every photo in the film roll has to paid for, every photo was carefully considered.

Another way to prove to friends and relatives that you had visited a famous landmark was to send a postcard. What a mess it used to be! First, you had to buy postcards, then find a shop that sold stamps, find street addresses of all the people you intended to write to, and finally, find a mailbox where to drop the cards. Today, Instagram, Flickr, Twitter and many other social media services make it so easy to send digital postcards for the whole world to admire.

Selfie survey news discovered via Mirror.

A camera that can film your movement on a surf board, horseback or ski slope like a cameraman

2015-12-01

Travelers, selfie-photographers and hobbyist photographers have situations when they would like to be in the frame themselves, but there is no one around who could take the photo. Of course, camera’s self timer can be activated, but how about video recording? If the person who is being filmed moves around, and the camera should follow him or her? Soloshot has designed a new generation camera that can automatically follow the object that is being filmed.

soloshot tag

Soloshot Tag


The Soloshot 3 is a stationary camera attached to a tripod, but the camera lens can follow every move the designated person makes. The person being filmed carries a tag that identifies the target for the camera. The distance between the camera and person can be up to 600 meters / 2000 feet. Constant line of sight is not required, because the tag and the camera communicate via radio waves. The camera can film for three hours.
soloshot 3 base unit

Soloshot3 base unit


The Soloshot 3 camera system consists of three pieces of hardware:
1. Tag. It is a Zippo-lighter size electronic device that a person (or pet, or any moving thing) clips on her or his clothes. The tag transmits a radio signal that the camera follows.
2. Base. This is the intelligent unit that makes the Soloshot unique. The base is attached on a tripod, and a camera is attached to the base. The base follows the tag it has been told to follow.
3. Camera. The camera is attached to the base unit.


Soloshot 3 camera

Soloshot 3 camera


In addition to the hardware, the Soloshot includes a number of applications.
– Live streaming app can transmit live video from a Soloshot camera to the internet.
– Edit application for desktop and mobile devices is for video editing. The app has features that can identify highlights from long recorded sequences, making video editing a bit easier.
– Multimode control lets you monitor and manage multiple tags and base units in one app.

Demos of time lapse videos captured in Soloshot:

The night sky scenes on the demo video indicate that the camera should be able to film Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) as well. If it works, a time lapse of the Northern Lights can be a spectacular sight.

The Soloshot 3 is scheduled to become available in 2Q/2016. The product can be ordered from the manufacturer. The price depends on the ordering date: early orders start from $419.

Drop your selfie stick, Giga Selfie frames both you and the landscape around you

2015-09-02

Many travelers don’t leave their vacation destination without lots of photos and – above all – without a number of selfies. Selfie sticks have become so popular that they have been banned in many places in Paris, whereas selfie drones (a small quadcopter that can snap photos above you) may be a hit product by next year’s vacation season. But no worries, mate: Australia’s tourism promotion organization has developed Giga Selfies – pictures that capture both you and the landscape around you.
giga selfie, gold coast Australia
Giga Selfies are available now, but only in Australia and only in select locations. For now, Australia is marketing Giga Selfies to Japanese tourists alone, as you can see from the Giga Selfies web page.
Giga Selfies, Australia tourism
It is not a product you can buy, but a free service to travelers provided by the tourism organization. Here is how Giga Selfies work:
– Download the Giga Selfie app to your smartphone.
– When you are visiting one of the predefined locations (current samples are from Gold Coast, South Coast and Sydney), find a marked spot on the ground. You have to stand on that spot.
– Using the app on your phone, let the high-definition camera – that has been set up about 100 yards away – know that you are ready for the photo shoot.
– The camera will take your picture and email it to you.

Based on samples that Tourism Australia has published, Giga Selfies are beautiful, high-resolution images that tourists will appreciate. In September 2015, the first Giga Selfie event is organized on the Gold Coast. It will be interesting to view more images in order to find out if the service works as planned. If it does, it would be easy to expand the service to tourists arriving in Australia from other countries than Japan.

View video:

Via Skift.

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