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    Posted: 20 October 2021 at 12:50
As those who are following the Photo Challenge 150 threads may know, I have been spending much of the year working through photos I took on two trips to Peru in 2012 and 2013. I edited very few of the photos at the time so what I have been working on is like a found film, perhaps, and are mostly new to the world.

Machu Picchu was the chief destination and as I have reached that part of the journey, one a week won't cut it, I'm afraid.

So here are some highlights from Day 12 of the second trip, 22 May 2013:

1

For the railway buffs, one serious locomotive operating on the mountain railroad

2

First view of the site

3

Remains of housing

4


5

This tree is perfectly placed


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2/2

6

Portals to another world

7

On the edge of a ridge, 21:9

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9


10

That feeling on top of the world

All shot on a NEX-7 with the kit zoom lens, most of the time.

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Lovely photos Howard, the lighting in 3,4 and 5 is really nice.
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Wonderful to see.
Although images from this extraordinary place have been captured so very often to a point of almost over familiarity, it never ceases to amaze.
That iconic view in #2 is simply breathtaking. In #4 that theatrical spot lighting heightens the drama.
The monochromes really highlight the precision dry wall masonry of the architectural forms.
Love the sheer joy in #10.
Trust you were able to enjoy it all without any high altitude oxygen deprivation side effects that can be very unpleasant...
Looking forward to more.

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Great set, Howard. #s 2, 3, and 8 are my favorite. Thanks for sharing!
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A magical place, a great over view Howard.
My favourites are 4 and 5.
Is that the famous frightning stairs in nr 7? Did you go there?
 



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What a beautiful place! #3 to 5 and #8 are the standouts for me
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Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

As those who are following the Photo Challenge 150 threads may know, I have been spending much of the year working through photos I took on two trips to Peru in 2012 and 2013. I edited very few of the photos at the time so what I have been working on is like a found film, perhaps, and are mostly new to the world.

Machu Picchu was the chief destination and as I have reached that part of the journey, one a week won't cut it, I'm afraid.

So here are some highlights from Day 12 of the second trip, 22 May 2013:
1
For the railway buffs, one serious locomotive operating on the mountain railroad

2
First view of the site

3
Remains of housing

4

5
This tree is perfectly placed


Firstly, I'm very jealous. We've never been to Sth America. Anthropology is one of my interests along with the development of society. Machu Picchu is on our bucket list.
Looking at the images, it's clear that some of the views are the same as the classic imagery of this place and could have been copied from postcards. That's not a criticism; it's a reality in places that are so inaccessible and iconic that there are a limited number of overviews available to shoot. Kinda like all those 'Big Bend' shots or classic images of the Matterhorn.

For me then, it's the details that matter. You are there for such a short time and, as you've noted, can't easily get back. So you use what lighting you have and shoot from where you're allowed to go.
The shots I like most are the ones that I don't already see in my mind as representations of this place: the train station, the tree and tourists among the houses proving a scale, #6 in B&W looking through the stone portal and #10; the sheer joy of the place portrayed through the gals dancing on the edge of a cliff.
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Impressive series, Howard - thank you for breaking the one photo-rule!

#2, #3, #4, #6 and #8 stand out for me photographically - but the set has much more to convey than you photographic skillfulness: #10 is gorgeous!

Hope you let us participate more fully in your Peru experience!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 October 2021 at 11:33
Thank you all for your comments - much appreciated. I've been away so unable to respond until now.

Originally posted by KoBra64 KoBra64 wrote:

Is that the famous frightning stairs in nr 7? Did you go there?

Yes, I think so and, no, alas we did not climb them!

@Idleidolidyll - I understand where you're coming from and really all we can do is try to record for ourselves what we saw on the day and perhaps convey some of the personal impact.

I am honoured that #2 was chosen as a POTW last week. I don't know how these things are done, but uncovering that eight-year old photo for the wider world certainly paid off - my thanks to the judges!

You can see more of Peru in my thread in the Photo 150 challenge at https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/photo-150-howard-s_topic139076.html, which starts with a trip in 2012 (JPGs from a NEX-3!) and continues with 2013 after that. I'm about to add day 2 at Machu Picchu, but for now here is one from Day 1, similar in outlook to #2 but shot using the Rich Tone Mono picture effect ...


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