Photos Of Famous Landmarks Tell A Different Story When Zoomed Out

Have you ever noticed that famous landmarks always seem to look good in photographs?

You’d think the Taj Mahal was in the middle of a fantasy kingdom when you see it in photos, but zoom out a bit and show the surrounding area and you’ll discover that the Taj Mahal is sitting right next to a barren landscape littered with trash.

Zoom out on the pyramids at Giza and you’ve got a bustling metropolis all around, zoom out on Niagara Falls and it looks like part of a Las Vegas water park, but crop out the parts you don't want to see and those famous landmark photos will always look good! See more at PolicyMic.

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A bit amazed at how many of the sites at the link I've actually seen (a nice number from Europe and the US included- that's why!). The first 2 are still the most surprising to me.
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Here's the Potala Palace in Tibet. Tourist brochures make it look like it's on some secluded mountaintop, but you can just walk up the sidewalk out front (that's me). If you zoom out even further, you see a lot of tour buses parked in the front.
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