Sacsayhuaman, a name which means "satisfied falcon," is at the head of what the Incas thought of as the puma-shaped city of Cuzco. This mountaintop site overlooking Cuzco was once a fortress and was hosted one of the fiercest battles between the Incas and their Spanish Conquistadors. The fortresses' zigzag ramparts form the teeth of the "puma" and contain rocks weighing as much as 300 tons. -- quoted from www.shsd.org
This image was cropped slightly, and color rebalanced, and slightly level adjusted. This is the result.
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partha (14020) 2006-04-18 0:03
Wonderful composition and nice colour tone.
I like the atmosphere here greatly.
mfonda (891) 2006-04-18 0:42
This is perhaps one of my favorite types of shots. I love the difference between storm in the sky and brightness. There is so much sun shining through, even though there is a storm. Nice composition and colors, thanks for sharing.
Runs (1072) 2006-04-18 0:53
Excellent composition woth this line of old stone. Pleasant foreground, I like the texture in the foreground and wonderfull sky. Great Job.
rezanik (135) 2006-04-18 1:06
very nice composition.
i like the rough stone against the softness of the clouds and such amazing looking clouds you have captured.
celinaconroy (717) 2006-04-18 1:11
The zig-zag is barely discernible, but it's the sky overlooking the fortress that adds so much to the atmosphere of the place at the 'head of the puma'. I can even make out the 8-angled stone massive in the right hand corner. You've done well with the colour rebalance and the image is perfect.
abadlovesong (274) 2006-04-18 1:21
excellent photo. you really captured the ingenuity of the incas, providing a closeup of the stones interlocking together without mortar to make these walls. combine that with the rest of the landscape and the dramatic sky, makes for a perfect composition.
Tracker (1942) 2006-04-18 3:34
Nice picture of Sacsayhuaman. Great sky conditions, excellent sharpness. Thanks.
sayat (2949) 2006-04-18 5:46
Excellent shot Dear Hubert, the colors, sharpness and the DOF are amazing. I like the Inca stones, big and strong and they are very well reflected in your shot.
dcawker (5717) 2006-05-27 17:46
Beautiful shot.. nice exposure and well balanced too! Regards, Doug
nex (2738) 2006-06-05 8:59
Incas walls, so exact builded that you couldn´t stick a knife beside the stone blocks..and very well captured
Signal-Womb (13048) 2006-06-09 5:25
Magnificent masonry work set off with a fantastic sky. The light has given great relief on the stones. Excellent work Hubert, well done.
dougie (2966) 2006-07-25 18:17
What a good sky and texture on the walls too. The interlocking of the blocks is very interesting - must have taken a great deal of time to build. Thanks.
cobraphil8 (82) 2006-07-26 10:18
I discover your gallery via your photographs of Peru, it is this one which held more my attention even if the arcs in sky on Machu Picchu also very are successful.
Here, one would believe oneself returned in
the time of Incas, these ruins are always also firmly attached to their hill and are not close leaving...
The sky is fantastic here and gives a relief impressing to the image.
A very beautiful composition.
tabora (0) 2006-07-29 2:31
Splendide composition,merveilleuses couleurs et un ciel oufff....
capthaddock (28790) 2006-07-30 8:11
Hi Hubert - the weather conditions were just right, those clouds balance the patterns of the stone walls, it's difficult to present an original photo of this very touristy place but you did it here, I especially like the upper right quadrant, which if cropped, would make a great photo by itself.
lucski (3691) 2006-08-10 17:25
next GREAT shot and... this uncommom atmosphete well done Hubert
anducina (8407) 2006-08-29 13:35
I like the blocks of stone from the foreground, with their grey and reddish shades, the dramatical sky with its clouds of different colours, the trees and the bushes and that monument in the background--what is it, in fact ?
Very interesting photo--it gives me a special feeling.
Albrecht (11281) 2006-09-20 6:06
Beautiful place; I love the texture of the stones.Sharp and good compo.
excited (143) 2007-02-06 15:26
nice comp, good colors, like the clouds, thanks
danyy (0) 2007-08-02 12:18
un ciel vraiment impressionnant, ma dernière photo te montre à quel point ils me fascinent.
Les lumières et les couleurs au sol sant fantastiques.
Je pense qu'il était difficile de mieux cadrer.
biancamaria (97) 2007-10-29 9:39
Very nice composition,wonderful photo.
giorgimer (34941) 2007-11-06 15:13
I like a lot this shot, first of all for its sharpness and colors, and then for the very beautiful sky
batalay (37855) 2008-07-22 19:30
This is a first rate shot from Inca ruin, with a simple but elegant composition, superb light management and obsidian-sharp definition. Initially, I thought it might be from Machu Picchu, but the site does not appear to be on an obscure mountain top. The sky is magnificent in conveying the mystique of the location. That number, 300 tons, however, are you sure about such large stones. (That would make them about 273,000 kg each. Since density of granite is approximately 2720 kg/meter cube, the largest of the rocks would be of the order of 100 meters cube, or 5x5x4 meters in volume. They could not possibly be transported, although I imagine they could be permanent fixtures)
Great shot, in any event,
cak (4923) 2009-07-18 16:25
big stones of history lie down to haughty clouds .TFS
- Copyright: Hubert Weldon (gravatar) (1586)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-03-18
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 17-40mm f4 L, Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: 1/1000 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Grav's Peruvian Adventure [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-04-17 23:55
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