Readers’ wildlife photos

May 13, 2021 • 8:00 am

Please send in your photos; I always have need of more!

Joe Routon sends some travel photos from Peru; his captions are indented, and you can click on his photos to enlarge them. I visited Machu Picchu once, and consider it one of the three or four most beautiful places I’ve visited.

Here are some photos that I made in Peru at Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. It was built around 1450 AD by the Incas.

We arrived early in the morning to watch the clouds lift.

Here’s one of Machu Picchu’s ubiquitous llamas.

Machu Picchu, 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains, is the most visited tourist attraction in Peru. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

The Urubamba River near Machu Picchu.

A Peruvian mother and child.

This is a Peruvian shaman. The shamans are healers who have passed along ancient knowledge dating back before the Incas.

20 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

    1. We were there in 2009. We rode a bus to Ollantaytambo, where we caught the train to Aquas Calientes, and then walked to Hanaqpacha Inn, where we stayed overnight. Early the next morning we rode the bus up to Machu Picchu, about a 20 minute ride.

  1. Thank you Joe, wonderful photos.

    I have always loved readers’ wildlife photos, but my internet data rate of 2.0 Mb/s (at best) made waiting for the photos ro load very frustrating. This morning (GMT) I was connected to fibre broadband. What a difference! I shall enjoy this feature even more in future.

  2. Thanks for those, we were booked to travel there last year, which got bounced to this year and now to next year. Hopefully we will get there eventually. In the meantime it’s nice to see the pictures.

    1. Paid for by the ancient shamanic ritual of fleecing the tourists. q.v. Sanctuary at Delphi ; Karnak ; Stonehenge.

      1. If I remember correctly, it was Bruce Chatwin who wrote this:

        It is the traveler’s duty to:
        1. Entertain the natives
        2. Enrich them by your spending

        The most inveterate touts I have encountered were, without doubt, those at Giza in Egypt. They’ve been at it for several millennia.

  3. Those are beautiful images. Can you share a bit about your camera and methods?
    My images taken at high altitude always seem washed out, unlike yours, which are quite vivid.
    I actually added a macro lens to my kit because I am somewhat jealous of the wonderful shots featured on this site, but have not even used it yet.

    1. Mind you exposures. Maybe set the exposure compensation down to -0.7 or something like that.
      A UV filter helps with this (scattered UV light at high altitude can cause a general fogging effect).

      Joe has edited these in software: Exposure, contrast, saturation. This is likely the biggest effect.

    2. Max, the camera I used for these photos was the Nikon D610 with the Nikon 24-300mm zoom, my travel lens. However, I now have the Nikon Z5 with the Z 24-200mm. As jblilie said, the main thing that improves my photos is Photoshop/Lightroom, where I add a little contrast and saturation. His suggestions about the exposure compensation and UV filter are good.

      1. Thank you for the detailed response. I figured that you upped the saturation a bit, but they look great.
        Also, that camera/lens combo seems like a pretty good compromise for traveling. I tend to enjoy activities that are really hard on cameras, which has resulted in my having a shelf of expensive but dead cameras.

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