Well, our dear friend Malgo has been on my case lately to post a photo or two from Cusco Peru :)
Malgo, the next few photo's are just for you! haha
Going through my gallery, I was surprised to see how little photos I have from Cusco. It must have been the altitude sickness that I experienced. Luckily for me I didn't experience it during the 5 day hike as my body adapted quickly, but i DID experience it when we arrived to Cusco 2 days before the hike.
Thats the plan....when you do this 5 day hike at high altitudes, you're suppose to arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before - that way you can give your body time to adjust.
Well, it was in those 2 days in Cusco where I got sick. Tosca got sick during the hike itself.
In Cusco I was extremely dizzy, nauseous, short of breath, my heart pounding and pounding with every step i took, especially when climbing stairs.
So I think thats why I have so few photos from Cusco, I wasn't feeling well at all. Sorry Malgo, but i'll post what i can find.
Looking back on our trip, its too bad we couldn't spend MORE time in Cusco because its such a photogenic city.
Here we have a basic street view. I waited and waited for a local to arrive into the scene but nobody came. Perhaps because it was early in the morning still.
Hope you like this HDR
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Wanda1 (15054) 2013-06-25 9:23
I hoped you tried some coca leaf tea, it is supposed to help with alleviating the symptoms of altitude sickness... Nice perspective you have going here, and I like the messy paint job and old door and bike as great details in the image to give it some character. I remember Cusco well and liked it as a photogenic place, although I also unfortunately did not spend too much time there as I would have liked to.
Royaldevon (33785) 2013-06-25 10:42
You are such an early bird, Craig! That is great for light, not so for seeing people! The altitude sickness sounds bad! It's a good job you knew what to expect and didn't imagine you were having a heart attack! Oh, I forgot, you are a nurse! Durr!!!
I like the naturalness of this with good lines and a fine sense of perspective. How good that someone could leave a bicycle out without having to chain it up!
My warm regards,
holmertz (45917) 2013-06-25 12:00
I hope you don't blame me for keeping you waiting in vane for a local to pass by :-). At least someone left his bike by the white wall, This building was remarkably well white-washed, including half of the street it seems. The doors are nice and only got a little bit stained. Cusco is one of those places I would like to see but probably never will. Did you fly in, reaching the high altitude just like that, or is it equally bad to go there by bus or train?
Noel_Byrne (27740) 2013-06-25 12:01
Lots of character in this city scene, especially the door and bike and the texture of the walls. It sounds like the altitutde sickness is really unpleasant! Not something I have ev experienced, but if I ever travel here, I will be glad to remember your good advice in your note.
dta (72025) 2013-06-25 12:04
Hello Craig ,
I like a lot this one , for many reasons . First , I'm fond of colonial architecture . I like also , the clear tonalities , the effect of the wide angle , the composition with the old door , the old motorcycle , and the palm tree in an effective diagonal . Textures of the wlas and wood add to the charm .
emka (87436) 2013-06-25 12:35
Hi Craig, Thanks a lot for this dedication!! What a pity that you couldn't enjoy Cusco. But when someone doesn't feel well it is impossible.
Didn't you try coca leaves or tea? it helps a bit.
For me it is one of most charming towns I have ever seen. And all the places around.
Where have you found this place? Interesting and picturesque. Funny how they whitewashed everything around. Pity that no Quechua passed by. Original take from Cusco.
fabbs99 (16819) 2013-06-25 12:42
A nice and interesting picture with good sharpness, depth of fields, beautiful light and color. Thanks for sharing this good work.
pajaran (55539) 2013-06-25 12:44
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst, nadam se da ste ozdravili ...
Dobar kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazana ulica i arhitektura.
Dobar snimka, lepe boje.
Dobar rad u HDR tehnici.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good text, I hope you get healthy ...
Good composition and perspective, nicely demonstrated streets and architecture.
Good shot, nice colors.
Good work in HDR technique.
Good evening and all the best.
papagolf21 (91370) 2013-06-25 14:16
Bonsoir, cher Craig,
Merci de nous faire voyager à travers le monde d'une aussi belle façon. Comme il est agréable de découvrir des lieux étonnants.
jjcordier (79275) 2013-06-25 23:04
Encore une jolie utilisation de ton grand angle. Visiblement, tu t'es levé trop tôt et les locaux n'ont pas encore émergé pour t'offrir une présence humaine qui aurait animé la scène.
Sergiom (68572) 2013-06-26 5:13
Une très belle utilisation de cette lentille. Le mur presque blanc offre une belle diagonale et pousse le regard au loin vers le palmier. La moto apporte un bel élément typique de la région.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-06-26 6:39
love this, it so full of character and superbly composed. A real sense of being an isolated place, atmospheric and simple elements that enhance that feeling so exquisitely. Shame you were unwell, I would have probably needed an oxygen cylinder ;-).
Nicou (131328) 2013-06-26 6:49
quelle perspective et image sur cette façade blanche avec la moto qui est protégée et la porte de bois sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37724) 2013-06-26 8:55
A very well captured perspective with the long diagonal line along the building leading up to the palm. An innovative painting method here; it looks like the white paint was hosed onto the building or did the painter also suffer from the altitude?. A very peaceful and pleasant atmosphere in this picture.
dkmurphys (53461) 2013-06-26 9:03
A very picturesque place and a perfect POV to catch a corner of that world. Good work!
rigoletto (34279) 2013-06-26 10:07
if mr mercury saw this scene, he would probably dedicate these lyrics to you: "empty spaces - what are we living for? abandoned places - i guess we know the score.. on and on! does anybody know what we are looking for?"
i can really understand your excuses, the sickness, the early bird issue etc, but you really had nothing to do. it also happens to me sometimes when i go to a place with (usually) gazillions of photographic opportunities but come back with empty hands. sometimes photographer's luck just doesn't work.
Waylim (25430) 2013-06-26 14:34
I went from the Galopagos, being sea sick stay on the small boat to Cusco surfering from high altitude sickness. After that trip I lost 15 pounds, no need to go on a diet :)
Great shot, I love the rustic and simplicity of the scene. One of my favorite city in South America.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-06-27 2:12
It´s so much different from your previous shot Craig!
But I think we all need sometimes changes.This one has really a lot of charm.The old motorbike adds also some retro feeling to the scene and it works so well with the white wall and the door on the right side.
Beautiful and very atmospheric shot!
Have a nice day
jemaflor (90005) 2013-06-27 12:39
Good depth effect with the diagonal, interesting presentation, good and original subject, tfs.
delpeoples (55238) 2013-06-27 21:09
I love this scene, especially the rusty old bike parked up against the whitewashed wall The wide angle lens has created a marvellous perspective with leading lines and diagonals. The OCD in me would have straightened the tree and house in the BG, but I understand the effect you were trying (and succeeding) to achieve in leaving it. Beautiful colours and another stunning sky.
Cheers, have a great Thursday (it's Friday here)
Urs (14082) 2013-06-29 3:50
It was the emptiness and door what attracted me to click this shot and after reading your note I understood the emptiness better. High altitude sickness, so far I have been lucky, I never had it, despite visiting places where I easily could had it like Tibet, Ladakh, Gangotri Sikkim etc. I know what it means waiting for an extra, I call locals walking by extra, which never comes despite setting up such a nice scene ...
Good photo job
Romano46 (18472) 2013-06-29 7:41
nonostante il tuo malessere dovuto all'alta quota, la bravura non è venuta meno in questa foto che appare piena di dinamismo per l'uso accorto del grandangolo e il punto di ripresa ravvicinato all'edificio che lo ha messo in particolare evidenza.
La bellezza e la semplicità del soggetto hanno arricchito di contenuti la foto alla quale ulteriore ricchezza è venuta dal cielo blu dell'alta quota.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
kato (11630) 2013-07-03 0:23
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the simple and tasteful buildings with white wall and big gate. It seems to show the original scenery in character with Peru. The whole is harmonized well by a good arrangement and beautiful color combination. And, a bicycle stopping in the wall case draws out an additional good impact in this image.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (62256)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-13
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-25 7:26