Another key highlight on our recent trip was Machu Picchu.
We decided way in advance that we'd hike to the site instead of taking the bus. Our hike was the 5 day Salkantay through the mountains - I'll post photos of that as the days go by.
I don't want to sound negative, but I was a little disappointed with Machu Picchu - not the ruins themselves, but at how touristy it has become. Its a money pit, with literally hundreds of buses arriving every minute, and the entrance to the ruins are like a long line-up for a Disney Theme Park ride. Kinda spoils the mood a bit.
Once you get past that though, its a beauty. On our day when we arrived we had rain, and more rain :(
On the plus side, the rain brought in clouds, which gave it a nice atmosphere I suppose. I took this wide angle shot in the hope that it would cover a large portion of the ruins, I hope you like it this HDR version.
Have a great day everyone
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yquem46 (38752) 2013-06-03 9:06
Hi Craig my right neighbor
Son of a gun ! as I said previously, you're running the planet in no time
never been there but undoubtedly I should
hard to see with a blue sky apparently, but it works quite well for me with all these clouds in the sky and even covering part of the site
Quite moody result
have a nice day, best regards
baclama (18834) 2013-06-03 9:55
voila une photo originale de ce celebre lieu...
j'aime ce vert perdu dans la brume!
Nicou (144228) 2013-06-03 10:06
quelle vue et image sueprbe compo et vue avec ce rond et tout ce fond dans les nuage quelle compo et vue splendide.
Bravo et amitié
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2013-06-03 10:13
All your photos in FB leave me jealous! Now I'm itching to get to this place!! Is this 8mm? Did you correct the distortion in here? If not, then this 8mm sigma lens really kicks-*ss!! Great shot! The wide angle really works well in this scenery. Love the cloudy effect and everything else. Thanks for sharing!
P.S. How long did you stay up there?
cornejo (43519) 2013-06-03 10:19
Hi Craig, great view of this special and unique place alongside the clouds, very well captured with a great pov, in this great and beautiful photography. A unique image of an interesting place, very good sharpness, depth and quality. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good morning and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
pajaran (61834) 2013-06-03 10:33
Dobar tekst o starom gradu ...
Lep pogled na planinu sa oblacima i stari grad ...
Dobra композиција и perspektiva, lepo pokazano.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Good article on the old town ...
Nice view of the mountains with clouds and the old town ...
Good composition and perspective, nicely shown.
A beautiful moment.
Have a great day, all the best in the new week that started.
flatwin (2181) 2013-06-03 11:20
belle brume sur cette prise de vue lui donnant un coté mystique
PaulVDV (29531) 2013-06-03 11:23
Indeed very thick clouds are hanging above the famous archaeological site. I was there once in July and we had lots of sunshine.
The curves of the terraces on the FG and the white clouds in the gap on the other side of Machu Picchu result in an attractive composition.
The whole looks quite spectacular.
It also seems to me that it was pretty cold then (maybe the picture was taken very early in the morning).
Best regards, Paul
dta (79070) 2013-06-03 12:06
Hello Craig ,
i agree with you : even the most fantastic places on earth , with too much toursists , lost a partv of their charm .
Anyway , this is a fabulous capture of Machu Pichu in the clouds . A vision with a strong atmosphere .
Silvio1953 (145579) 2013-06-03 12:31
Ciao Craig, fasshinating view of fantastic place, beautiful atmosphere, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
chrisvek (7001) 2013-06-03 14:14
That's a very wonderful picture with awesome colors,details and awesome atmosphere.Splendid lightning usage and POV.Well done!
All the best
jcpix (13930) 2013-06-03 16:21
Such a shame that places/attractions like this are overrun with tourists, and locals trying to cash in on the visitors...but then again, we're all adding to it by being there ourselves!? "Half a dozen of one, six of the other." Anyway, another amazing shot! So many times we see this as a "perfect" sun filled setting, so it's actually refreshing to see it in a different light, literally. The clouds give this a mystical atmosphere, and the wide angle has created a more dramatic effect in their formations. What an incredible sight this must be to experience in person! Speaking of which, I love that you've included a few people in this shot, it's a great sense of scale. Very well done. Have a great evening.
CLODO (34720) 2013-06-03 22:02
You were rewarded by the clouds: they give a magic effect to the site and prevent the many tourists to be present on your picture of this often photographied ruins.
Of course, your sigma lens did a very good work!
jjcordier (79297) 2013-06-03 22:37
Je trouve que ce ciel très chargé convient très bien à l'atmosphère particulière du site. Excellente photo très bien composée et bravo pour avoir su éviter tous les nombreux touristes! Très bon POV.
emka (99931) 2013-06-03 23:25
This 5 days Inca Trail must have been fantastic. I didn't decide to do it, my friends were not so fit and I was afraid of vertigo. It could be that small passage would be impossible for me to do. But all the effort is worth seeing this view at the end - the town in clouds. It is one of few the best views I have ever seen. Less shown view here but atmospheric, mysterious.
I am Looking forward to see some shots from Cuzco.
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-06-03 23:59
Excellent shot from the peruvian hills.Nice pov and exposure.TFS.
Royaldevon (39702) 2013-06-04 0:19
Your notes remind me of impressions I have had from famous places, where tourists have seriously impacted on the atmosphere of the place. It is sad but, we all want to see wonderful places!!
I think you are right about the clouds. Their swirling presence creates a very mystical mood. Only the two figures tell us that you are not in a complete isolation. (Still, they are useful for scale.)
It doesn't surprise me that ancient peoples built up here. What a spectacular place and ... I believe, they worshipped mountains. This site would have extreme power and your shot conveys that message.
Have a lovely day and thanks for this,
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-06-04 2:09
too much tourists or not,but I bet such a view makes up for everything(and as we see you were able to find a "quiet" place to take picture without crowd of tourists)
Amazing shot my friend! and largerly because of the weather(no matter how weird it may sound:).It looks not like another postcard view(although these are also good,at least from time to time),but it has its own charm and unique,kind of mysterious mood.
ChrisJ (115497) 2013-06-04 3:27
The weather was not the best but the diffused light has given soft shadows and at least you weren't unlucky enough to have mist and fog, which is common at these high altitudes. I like the sweeping horse shoe shaped semi circle that adds superb lead in lines. The people add scale. Tfs!
lousat (92848) 2013-06-04 3:56
Hi Craig,not lucky whit the weather during your visit to one of the most famousplace in the world,obviuosly there are a lot of toursit,i don't know why you were surprised..ehehe...the pic is really beautiful,a pearl surrounded by these soft clouds,very original and really perfect,you works in HDR are always an example to follow.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2013-06-04 4:29
very nice catch..
very misty & beautiful scene...
lovely green colour.. good POV..
great view of the mountains with clouds & town..
Noel_Byrne (31654) 2013-06-04 5:27
Once again you present a view of one of these so well known places but its not the view that most people go for, and creates another idea in my mind as to its appearance. I would agree that the clouds are a great addition, they create such a mysterious mood and give a sense for the height.
Thanks for the interesting note, I have to say the last thing I would expect to find here would be lines of people queuing to get in. A strange thought.
All the best
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-06-04 7:01
It is very surprising when you think that Machu Pichu ruins were discovered recently in Peruvian jungle
I like the mist here showing it is in Andean range
Interesting note sharing your experience in that area
Have a good afternoon
Graal (103028) 2013-06-04 8:55
amazing mountain landscape. Good presentation this famous place in Peru. Unusual clods in BG. Good POV and composition. Photo I like.
have a nice evening.
dkmurphys (59951) 2013-06-04 10:20
Amazing place, it' on my travel list. The clouds are increasing the mysterious mood. Well taken, enjoy a fine day.
PS you have an answer to your comment
robmal (2239) 2013-06-04 12:43
your picture is perfect as usual, fantastic HDR version, super clouds (create a fantastic atmosphere) and amazing place, cngratulations.
m00n (2259) 2013-06-04 14:05
It's an interesting photo. Well done technically, though not quite convince me the composition. I have the impression that the sky although interesting, dynamic, it takes too much of the frame. Anyway picture has something ...
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-06-04 18:17
aaah.... all i wanna say is...WOW!
Sonata11 (33871) 2013-06-04 20:52
this pic is amazingly beautiful even you didn't have good weather. This is the place which we are dreaming about that. You never know what kind of weather you will have, but even though it is worth to see it for any money. I like it, it is beautiful.
All the best,
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-06-05 4:52
Hi Craig - This is really atmospheric and your view point gives a fantastic feel for the location of the famous site. I think you've done really well here as I don't get the idea of hordes of visitors at all and the few included in the shot add scale and a relevant detail. An impressive place and a very impressive shot. Warm regards Rosemary
mjw364 (1316) 2013-06-05 13:06
Loving the clouds in this one. The HDR adds more depth.
Cricri (120491) 2013-06-06 0:03
Tout ces nuages donne une atmosphère des plus particulier a cet endroit qui mérite d'être vu même quand il pleut :-) tout bon POV, très belle présentation et réalisation
rogerl (1616) 2013-06-06 10:27
Craig, you've captured the rainy mood beautifully. Plus, you can't really tell in this shot that it's touristy :) The clouds and fog are really lovely, with great texture, and the wide angle gives us a great feel for the topography of this place. Thanks.
tyro (25710) 2013-06-06 11:47
WOW! We have all seen hundreds and hundreds of pictures of Machu Picchu, but this one is very, very special and quite different to any others I have seen.
Of course, it is the mist, curling around the mountains, filling the valleys and swirling around this iconic settlement, which makes this picture so special. But from this elevated viewpoint we also see clearly the various levels of terracing as well as lots of lovely detail of the settlement itself.
Excellent composition, gorgeous soft light, perfect colours and exquisite details and sharpness.
dale54 (8112) 2013-06-07 11:19
craig hello..this is a wow shot,perfect take..love it all..mainly these low moody clouds,nice lite light too. dale
Periko (5524) 2013-06-12 21:46
Great landscape, Craig. Clouds gives us an idea of the height of the place.
I hope you drank a tea of coca leaves.
ikeharel (72867) 2013-06-14 8:35
The legend about Machu-Picchu is enhanced by the fog-clouds covered the mountains-tops, gave the extra mystique texture that the history enfolded over this place.
Marvelous taken from the high POV, fantastic view over the terasses in green. Unique and famous, no wonder tourists are drawn to this monumental location.
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-06-14 12:37
Wow! Fantastic capture of the beautiful scene. Looks like you were on top of the world! Love the effect of the clouds on the mood. Nice to have the people for scale. Very well done, tfs.
westcoastgirl1 (666) 2014-06-12 5:18
Just bored on my nightshift and thought I would look at your photos tonight. Wow I really love this one. Why isn't it framed somewhere in our house....really cool. Makes me forget the pain of that hike and all the negative points. Great photo!