MACHU PICCHU, PERU
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|After a day walking around taking pictures and wondering at how the Inca's were able to build such structures, a water supply system, a drainage system and a small city so well planned for their way of life, I come to realize the best way to appreciate Machu Picchu is like the Grand Canyon, in silence.|
Machu Picchu, or "Old mountain") is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,400 meters (7,875 ft) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Cusco. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire.
It was built around the year 1450, but abandoned a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Forgotten for centuries, the site was brought to worldwide attention in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American historian. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. It has recently come to light that the site may have been discovered and raided several years previously, in 1867 by a German businessman, Augusto Berns. It was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Information taken from Wikipedia.
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Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Center Weighted
1/160 sec - F/6.3
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Sensitivity: ISO 100
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Image Comment: Copyright (C) 2008 Andre' Salvador
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- [2008-08-14 8:13]
A very interesting and colourful photo from this "Old Mountain".And a good story too!
This is a well composed view of this amazing place!
The image has a great sense of depth, captured with fine details in the remaining structures...
A well balanced composition with a strong diagonal!
- [2008-08-25 7:11]
Stunning landscape. subtle use of natrual lgihting, and well composed to include the mountain range in the b/g too.