The Perfect Wall [Holga] Machu Picchu, Peru • July 12, 2005 (click in the image for a larger version)
This appearance of this image here is a result of poking through the archives and cleaning up some image folders. I was searching for another Holga image and found this one instead. The scan had been made over a year ago, but I had never done anything with it. Actually, I found quite a lot of Holga scans that I haven't ever worked with. Too many images, too little time...
If memory serves, this wall is from the same structure (the Temple of the Sun) that was featured in anight shot that I posted here quite some time ago. If you crept out to the edge just beyond the window, you would look down on my camera position for the night image. This wall is famous for having some of the most intricate and perfectly fitted stonework at Machu Picchu...all without any mortar.
If you like this type of Holga/toy camera photography, check out my new calendar for 2008, Scenes from a Plastic Lens.This photograph is included in the calendar.
The Guardhouse [Canon 10D] Machu Picchu, Peru July 12, 2005 (click in the image for a larger version)
I was rummaging around in the archive this past weekend and came across this shot from Peru taken a little over two years ago. The couple is consulting a map of the site before heading out to explore the ruins. The trippy lens flare and blur is from shooting into the rays of the early morning sun using a Lensbaby. This was my second visit to Peru and my second time at Machu Picchu. For more Peru images, see the "Peru" link in the Categories section in the right column.
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Taken in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru, on the day of a national
transit strike to protest high fuel and insurance costs. This woman, in
her teddy bear jacket, was watching the large crowd of protesters enter the plaza.
For a pinhole photo taken in the Plaza during the protests, see this link.
For a portrait of some riot police that day, go here.
Francisca in the Salt Mines [Holga] Maras, Peru / July 11, 2005 (click in the image for a larger version)
The salt mines near Maras, Peru were originally constructed by the Incas and are still being worked to this day. Each salt pool is worked by a family. There are over 5000 such pools on the terraced mountain side. The source of the salt is a small mineral spring that bubbles out of the mountain and is channeled into different levels so that it flows into the many terraces that hold the thousands of small salt pools.
The woman in this photo is named Francisca. She stands in the ankle-deep salty water, barefoot, and scrapes the salt into piles with a small hoe. She is lucky in that her pool is near the main path at the top of the terraces (pictured on the left side of the image). Those with plots lower down the mountain have to carry the heavy bags of salt all the way to the top.
If you live in the Monterey, California area, I will be teaching a
1-Day, hands-on computer lab class at the Monterey Adult School on Dec.
Approaching [Holga] July 11, 2005 / Peru (click in the image to see a larger version)
Taken on a desolate stretch of road high in the Andes near the Maras salt mines. I was intrigued by the mystery of the approaching vehicle appearing out of a cloud of backlit dust. A true "point-and-shoot" photo...I just held the camera out the window of the car. I also like the reflections of the mountains on the hood of the car.
My usual uneven toning treatment has been applied to this image.
If you live in the Monterey, California area, I will be teaching a 1-Day, hands-on computer lab class at the Monterey Adult School on Dec. 10, 2005
Chalk graffiti seen on an old gate in Ollantaytambo, Peru.
Attention Adobe Camera Raw users: Adobe has just updated Camera Raw from version 3.2 to 3.3. The latest version is classified as a public beta, but it does offer support for some new cameras, so if you have one of those cameras you might want to check it out. The update is free, and can be found at the Adobe site.