I thought I'd head South to Peru today :)
We spent 3 days in Lima, and to be honest we didn't get very many photographs - perhaps we were too tired from our 5 day hike in the mountains and jungle to Machu Picchu...who knows. We left the city of Lima without very many good photos, and for the first time in my life I actually didn't even care!
We wanted out of Lima and wanted to start in a new city with new scenery. Of course, Easter Island was the next destination, so perhaps thats why I wanted out of Lima so desperately! And the fact we had terrible weather didn't help either, no sun for 3 days, lots of white overcast dreary days - exactly what you see in this photo.
This San Francisco Church in Lima seemingly is impossible to photograph without the birds!!! No matter where I look online the birds are always there, i wonder why??
As for the title of the photo "No Groups Please"...well, there's an easy explanation for that. I very rarely if EVER, purchase a tourist group outing. But I did here, and i regret it. It brought back all the reasons why I decided NOT to do so on every other trip I go on - my TIME.
My time is priceless to me, and when you go on these tours they want to rush rush rush rush you through like herding Cattle until the next group comes through.
I wanted to take more photos, I was actually trying to compose the photo you see here and before I knew it the group leader was shouting at me to get back on the bus.
I felt like telling her to shut up and go on without me! lol
Oh well, live and learn right!
So this photo isn't my best, not even close, but i thought I'd post it anyways as I don't have many posted on TE from Lima or Peru. I'll try to find more.
Enjoy your day.
thanks for looking
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emka (99971) 2014-03-19 7:03
Hi Craig, I also do not like organizing groups and I like better to travel on my own when possible. I was not quite satisfied in Kappadokia although the group was small and very nice. But I am grateful to my friend that she convinced me to go with her and the group to Crimea and Syria. Probably it will be difficult to go to both countries in the near future and I am very happy I saw it. So, you never know... I remember well this church, indeed full of pigeons all the time. Interesting inside, with the cemetery and nice courtyards and library. Very strange geometry, probably again you wide angle.
Warm regards MAlgo
snunney (100740) 2014-03-19 8:17
Yes, group tours are not the ideal way of visiting a place but sometimes they are quite convenient. I usually ignore the history lecture by the guide and wander off on my own whilst keeping a discrete eye on him/her. The perspective distortion occasioned by the wide angle is quite evident here, but as I have said before each to his own and it does have the benefit of squeezing a large amount of real estate into the frame. I like the presence of the pigeons, who contribute much to the mood of the shot.
dkmurphys (59995) 2014-03-19 8:34
A very nice distort for your scene. It looks even more impressive. Great work!
baclama (18834) 2014-03-19 9:02
le grand angle fait son effet!!!
quelle superbe presentation de cette eglise!!
holmertz (54293) 2014-03-19 9:09
With a super fish-eye wide angle lens you're sure to get all the birds inside the frame. It seems a lot of birds are very homely, always staying at the same place (probably where they always get fed). I can tell you I just hate groups too and have cursed myself the few times I've joined any. Only a two day tour from Hanoi to Halong bay was okay because of a lot of nice company.
ourania (47120) 2014-03-19 9:39
I think that groups are restraining and stressful whether you belong to them or just share your time at a site with them. In the limited space of museums, sometimes we hang around during the guide's lecture and pick some interesting information but then we know that, when they leave, we'll have the place to ourselves and will be able to dwell on the things we learned from their guide:)
I like very much the distorted lines and the depth of this composition. The church and its surroundings are very interesting and the people give good sense of scale. I love the flying birds, the way they fill the frame and stretch the whole composition to a dynamic diagonal. The moody colours are fine and give a timeless feel. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-19 10:13
il tuo Sigma ti ha permesso di sviluppare al massimo la tua creatività approfittando sia del soggetto che del POV scelto rasente al selciato.
Complimenti perchè sei riuscito a disegnare molto bene uno scenario che appare drammatico anche per la presenza notevole degli uccelli in volo.
Una bella e suggestiva interpretazione di un angolo di questa città poco conosciuta.
Ciao e buona serata
PaulVDV (29531) 2014-03-19 11:06
An organized trip with a group can sometimes save time when places are visited that are far apart or are difficult to reach on your own. But I make these kinds of excursions as little as possible. Also it's nearly impossible to follow the guide's explanation and to take pictures without that the same people are always on the image.
I have to admit that I have some beautiful slides of Lima but on the other hand I loved all the other Peruvian cities I've visited more than the capital.
I find the flock of birds a beautiful element on this picture while the few people add more life.
Best regards, Paul
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-03-19 12:42
Surely this group of birds seems to be much more sensible (and attractive) than us humans. A very special view with the twin towers displayed beautifully. The distortion is (imo) quite enjoyable. Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
Sonata11 (33871) 2014-03-19 14:05
Hello Craig, interesting effect of this lens. I love this architecture and this place. Very beautiful work. Tfs. All the best,
jjcordier (79297) 2014-03-19 23:57
Comme toi, je n'aime pas non plus ces visites ultrarapides en groupe où l'on n'a pas le temps de prendre une photo originale et correcte. Les oiseaux (qui effrayaient peut-être ton guide -)) et ton grand angle font quand même leur effet malgré la pauvre lumière du moment.
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-03-20 3:57
Very interesting note! I also don't like those tourist groups and most of the times I do everything all by myself!
As for Lima, it's got its enchantments, downtown and in some neighborhoods by the coast, however weather is mostly cloudy and grey, all year round! Even being a brazilian, that means, used to poverty and the danger of urban violence, some parts of Lima frightened me and I was warned many times about certain areas of the city and times of the day!
Your picture of that church is interesting too and certainly attractive!
I really like it and it brought me some good memories from Peru!
TFS - congrats,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-20 5:47
Had a double-take on this one, thought it said "no gropes", hey! chance would be a fine thing eh? Superb w/a shot this with glorious leans and lines that make the church all the more imposing.
If you are like me, when I am on a "mission" I lose all track of time and can spend an age just deciding on which angle to take a shot. If on a tour I would become so frustrated and moody, especially if I was being herded around. When I went to the States in 2011, with 3 non-photography friends, I would insist on going off on my own and still got humpy when I had to find them again at the arranged meeting time, even if it was after a few hours.
Strangely you commented yesterday on being disappointed with your San Fran shots, I too felt like that. I had 2 days there and although foggy on day 1 - day 2 was sunny but I look at them now and think OK but could have been better.
Perhaps we are setting the bar too high eh?
mesutilgim (95520) 2014-03-20 16:10
Good use of the wideangle . The pigeons adds life to the scenery.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-21 0:28
only you and your wide-angle lens could give this scene so amazing,new look.I really love it!
And not only because of the perspective or beauty of the architecture,but also for other details like the birds,who create here so unique(maybe a little bit scary,like at Hitchcock:)atmosphere.
PS.I´m flying on next tuesday to Istanbul(spend there 16 hours and then I´m flying to Dubai)
Have a good day
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-03-23 12:29
Good luck trying to avoid the birds! Although sometimes they are very helpful with the composition. Nice capture of this beautiful church with good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
I went to an air show last Friday in California, I have a photo of an airplane that I know you will like watch for it next week.
Gigidusud (21151) 2014-03-23 16:58
Amazing POV on the place! Splendid architecture and great capture of the flight of birds. Well done!
Have a nice week my friend.
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-03-23 18:09
A nice contribution of this attractive Church. Although I am not so fond of the distortion to the right of the image, I imagine you did not have a lot of space to work with, so the extra wide angle choice was a good one to show us the full details of the square. Of course one can't help the bad lighting conditions either, but you have made up for it well here with the flock of birds falling squarely on the right half of the picture. It shows the timing was very deliberate (if one can ever be deliberate in guessing where the birds are going to fly).
omid266 (6746) 2014-03-24 20:52
Salam , Hi Craig,
What Peaceful place with this angle you captured and hunted this old and white castle ,
the birds flying in the clourful sky and peolple seem Happy and enjoying times ,
Very well done and Thank you friend for sharing this beautiful image ,
Good Luck , Best times and fotos wish for you ***
** Willst du gesund Sein ?!
Vergib den kochtopf !!
Book from (Helmut Wandmaker / 1916 - 2007 )
** Have a long and successful Life , **
claudeD (39623) 2014-03-26 6:34
very fine wide angle picture from Lima showing this interesting architecture. Very good sharpness and clarity. Very well done. TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
adores (45715) 2014-04-15 16:54
In spite of everything, you got a good shot! I like this wide angle, the light and all those pigeons flying around. Seems a really nice little square, I like the architecture and the presence of the people. A nice mood with the cloudy sky.
jmdias (65105) 2014-04-27 9:54
my hotel was located near this church and I think this is like my home in lima. haha.
very nice use of the doves and the shapes of this beautiful church. the worst thing about lima is the grey sky, it is ever there during all year round.
many people doesn't like lima but it was one the cities I loved more to know, maybe because it was surprising for me while images from a town like Buenos aires was so usual in my mind. this is a place I would like to visit again because museums and architecture.
yes, I understand what you say about tours.in some aspects you get something good and lost many other good things. nothing is perfect.. I prefer to travel alone, but in Africa and in my next trip I will obligated to take a tour because I want to visit many national parks and it is difficult without a car, but of course I will see many things without a chance to take a photo.
Miguel82 (27646) 2014-07-14 7:55
Fantastic shot Craig, many pigeons around that ancient church in Lima, have a good start of week
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (69143)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/158 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-19 6:42