PetaPixel

Big City Heat Maps of Local and Tourist Photo Spots

Two weeks ago we posted on the Geotaggers’ World Atlas, a project by Eric Fischer that shows heat maps of where photographs are taken in big cities, created using geolocation data from Flickr and Picasa photos.

Fischer now has a new set of maps called Locals and Tourists that distinguish between photos taken by inhabitants of the city and others who are simply passing through.

Some people interpreted the Geotaggers’ World Atlas maps to be maps of tourism. This set is an attempt to figure out if that is really true. Some cities (for example Las Vegas and Venice) do seem to be photographed almost entirely by tourists. Others seem to have many pictures taken in piaces that tourists don’t visit.

Blue points are locals (determined by whether the person has a history of photographing in that city), red points are tourists, and yellow points indicate photos for which it cannot be determined.

San Francisco


New York City

London

Paris

Berlin

To see more of these maps, you can head on over to the Locals and Tourists Flickr set.


 
  • http://twitter.com/byanoski Brett Yanoski

    That's really interesting. It's easy to see what the most popular tourist attraction is in San Francisco!

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  • Tanel Tammet

    Check out the fully zoomable sightseeing heatmaps site for the whole world http://www.sightsmap.com ! Contains detailed heatmaps for the world, based on Panoramio photo locations, plus top 1000 sites with local high-res heatmaps and top FourSquare places.