After getting multiple shots of the beautiful ruins of Macchu Picchu (Peru) and the nature/landscape surrounding it, I decided to add some life to the beauty before my eyes. The Llama is the national animal of Peru, and what better subject than this animal to play the foreground to the picture.
I can still remember how long it took me to take this picture. I stood there and waited for her to turn her head towards the camera, but she just continued looking in the opposite direction -- maybe she was camera shy... or maybe she was admiring the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu...
But alas she did turn, and I thank her for it. Not only was I able to capture her, I also got a good view of the ruins themselves.
The mountain in the backdrop is Huyana Picchu, and is about an hour's climb.
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gsimon (387) 2006-07-10 11:15
I love the compostion
kensimage (8565) 2006-07-10 11:32
Great composition, worth the wait, Nivas! It's tough to find a new way to photograph something like Machu Picchu, so you need a twist, like the llama. I guess the clear sky is not so common there either. Anyway, well done. Regards, Ken.
Mikos (4326) 2006-07-10 12:34
This image is very beautiful, well created, composed, great light, but the element that steal almost the whole preminence, is the animal, which, in my opinion, completes a lot, the perfection of this image.If it took a long to take this picture, I think it was completely worthy :-)
Congratulations, Hugs ;-)
Flavia (10352) 2006-07-10 12:57
Worth a wait. Nice compo.
MIG13 (0) 2006-07-11 22:53
Hi, Nivas! Original, pretty and colourful pic! Thanks for sharing! Greetings from Rio! Miguel.
chaity (1539) 2006-07-13 6:14
Hi Nivas, good capture of the close up shot of the llama with a great background.
Jribeirosantos (1916) 2006-07-13 6:57
Magnificent work Nivas!
Your gallery is fantastic! Wornderful work!
mus (167) 2006-07-20 16:18
fijiphil (1355) 2006-07-31 9:23
Wow! This is what I want to see on my forthcoming trip to SA. Well done. COuld be a bit sharper to be honest, but wonderful composition.
PS Came across your website on LP Thorntree, which led me here. Am going off now to read about your adventures in Peru...
nika (0) 2006-08-12 10:48
The view of Machu Pichu is amazingly beautiful! I Think it was worth waiting for the right moment to take this wonderful photo.
Thank you and i wish you a nice weeekend!
albertopiubello (2623) 2006-08-14 9:30
perfect light, perfect POV.
It worthed while to wait the time of llama!
Thanks for sharing Nivas
pboehringer (770) 2006-08-18 10:12
Your patience paid out. The composition is masterful and you got it free, because if that would have been a colorful peruvian human it would have cost you some Solis.
Unfortunately I didn't have the same luck, or maybe patience and the lhama did not turn around.
Did you actually climb to the top of Huyana Picchu? Do you have pictures?
Angshu (56750) 2006-09-13 3:56
Attempting a shot of one of the oft photographed sites is a daunting task, as one wishes that he/she can do it differently..and that's exactly what you've done here, with beautiful effect. Your patience paid off…good positioning of the llama to make this an original shot. I’m sorry I lost track of the thread we had in your critique to one of my earlier photos, wherein you mentioned about this photo. Thankfully I have been able to track it down now.
calimex (151) 2007-01-18 3:00
Great shot, but I really liked all your pictures of your Peru trip on your Web site, especially the Inca Trail. Fabulous trip!
magiqa (1292) 2007-11-26 8:51
How did you succeed making the llama pose for you, without getting spit in the face (like me....)? Congratulations for a PERFECT photo of this cute animal and this amazing background!
- Copyright: Nivas Ramanathan (nivas37) (662)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-06-20
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D/Rebel XT, Canon 18-55mm F3.3-5.6 EF-S, Compact Flash 1GB
- Exposure: f/8.5
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-10 11:05
- Favorites: 1 [view]