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The Trekker
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Copyright: David Boswell (jamfest) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 576 W: 23 N: 529] (4243)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-02
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, Canon 18-55 EFS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Peru and the Inca Trail [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-10 15:27
Viewed: 2024
Points: 23
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a shot from just below Runkuracay Pass, at 13,000 ft., on the Inca Trail. The Trekker is Sheryl, who taught the wilderness medicine course we were there taking.

Across the valley is Dead Woman Pass, at 14,000 ft and the trail that comes down from the pass. My post from yesterday shows the view from Dead Woman Pass looking this direction.

The name Dead Woman pass comes from the profile. Imagine that the left side of the pass is her head, with a crown, that is shaded by the cloud, then dropping down to a breast, then her belly as it curves up the right side of the pass. Personally I don't know why it is Dead Woman instead of Sleeping Woman. Probably more dramatic that way.

Several commented on the crop. Unfortunately, when I shot the photo I missed the lower portion of her legs. Since I had already missed that, I chose to crop it a little tighter the get more of Sheryl's determined expression in the photo.

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  • Good 
  • Noslo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 70 N: 117] (920)
  • [2007-03-10 15:31]

You had the makings of a great photograph here. To bad you cropped off the hikers legs. If you had included the legs, the composition would have been stronger. Now it looks somewhat disjointed, like something is missing.

  • Great 
  • woody Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 61 N: 140] (712)
  • [2007-03-10 16:09]

Hi David,
Quite an Irony to a determined and alive kicking woman climbing up at the Dead Woman pass :D :P ok on a serious note, great landscape. I like the completeness of the shot. Maybe you should have kept the womans legs but there must have been a reason that I am willing to buy :-)

Hi David,
What an amazing capture.Great view.Good colours and compoTFS.


Hi Davit,
Great view,nice capture,colours and DOF.Well done
Best Wishes,

Hi David. Wonderful pic. This reminds me of the juju woman or shaman in a story I just read by James Rollins called AMAZONIA. It explored scenes from the whole area and this reminded me of it. I, too, think that the compo would have been stronger with the complete person in it.

I love this shot and your previous shot of both views of this pass. Very intriguing place
although, I can't see the woman despite the description. I must have stared at it for 10 minutes! Oh well. In any case, great shot, hope there's more coming!

  • Great 
  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2007-03-11 4:30]

Hi David ,
Excellent timing and composition. great shot with atmosphere, but I would like it even more if the legs wasn´t cut off.
This is an excellent photo.

David, Classic Inca Trail. Lovely photo, and those mysterious clouds on mountain looks great. TFS :-) Vandana


Impresionantes fotografías!, tanto la de arriba comno la de abajo del "paso de la mujer muerta".
Increible caminata! y bellísima fotografía!.


Hello David

The colours are very good,that purple is outstanding.The composition is very nice.I like the clouds in the BG.Great DOF and POV.TFS


Excellent compo, POV and colors--the impressive foggy mountains and the lady with her violet coat on the FG. She seems very determined...



Great landscape shot with good colours and sharp details. No more to be said about the crop, but still a good picture.
Thanks for sharing

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