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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
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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: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-03
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, Canon 18-55 EFS
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My favorite Architecture and Construction photos, Ancient civilizations, Machu-Picchu, Peru and the Inca Trail, My Favorites, wonderful beautiful world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-09 3:28
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Machu Picchu (Quechua: Old Peak; sometimes called the "Lost City of the Incas") is a well-preserved pre-Columbian Inca ruin located at 2,430 m (7,970 ft) on a mountain ridge. Machu Picchu is located above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, about 70 km (44 mi) northwest of Cusco. Forgotten for centuries by the outside world, although not by locals, it was brought back to international attention by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham who rediscovered it in 1911, and wrote a best-selling work about it. Peru is pursuing legal efforts to retrieve thousands of artifacts that Bingham removed from the site.
Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. Since 1983 the site has been designated as a United Nations Educational World Heritage Site and has been the subject of concern about damage caused by tourism.

It is thought that the city was built by the Sapa Inca Pachacuti, starting in about 1440, and was inhabited until the Spanish conquest of Peru in 1532. Archaeological evidence (together with recent work on early colonial documents) shows that Machu Picchu was not a conventional city, but a country retreat town for Inca nobility (similar to the Roman villas). The site has a large palace and temples dedicated to Inca deities around a courtyard, with other buildings for support staff. It is estimated that a maximum of only about 750 people resided in Machu Picchu at any one time, and probably only a small fraction of that number lived in the town during the rainy season and when none of the nobility were visiting.

It is thought that the site was chosen for its unique location and geological features. It is said that the silhouette of the mountain range behind Machu Picchu represents the face of the Inca looking upward towards the sky, with the largest peak, Huayna Picchu (meaning Young Peak), representing his nose.

In 1913, the site received significant publicity after the National Geographic Society devoted their entire April 1913 issue to Machu Picchu.

In 2003, some 400,000 people visited Machu Picchu, and UNESCO has expressed concern about the damage this volume of tourism is causing to the site. Peruvian authorities insist that there is no problem, and that the remoteness of the site will impose natural limits on tourism. Periodically, proposals are made to install a cable car to the site, but such proposals have so far always been rejected.

One of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's best-known works is "The Heights of Machu Picchu", inspired by the city:

“ Machu Picchu is a trip to the serenity of the soul, to the eternal fusion with the cosmos, there we feel our own fragility. It is one of the greatest marvels of South America. A resting place of butterflies at the epicenter of the great circle of life. One more miracle."

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Hi David!

Amazing view of this amazing place. Nice postcard photo. The quality of this photo is unbelievable. TFS


Hi David,
Very beautiful presentation. What amazes me most is that it was all hand made, no machinery like today.
The colors are so smooth and such perfect detail. A wonderful view.

Helo David,

No Critique and no comment for this portrait.
Just Perfect !
Very well done.


splendide carte postale, belle présentation et bonne explication
détails parfaits
donne envie d'aller y faire un tour
merci et bravo


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-01-09 16:20]

David maravillosa foto y excelente vista, buen pov. y dof, genial amigo... saludos

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  • Aida Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 39 N: 200] (2292)
  • [2007-01-09 16:23]
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Hi David,
Wonderful photo. Machu Picchu is my magic place since I was 3 years old. I think I never saw another photo of this place so beautiful as yours. How does the Incas made such a great place? I hope it became one of the new 7 wonders of the world.

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-01-09 21:20]

Absolutely perfectly gorgeous picture!!! I am speechless this is breathtaking. TFS

Goodness, what a blight a cable car would be here! TFS. I would have thought it was for religious exercises, perhaps even sacrifices. It's certainly something people should have to put forth a lot of effort to get to to admire the beauty and remoteness. Nice pov and dof. TFS.

Excellent perspective, great light. Clear and sharp.

REgards Darko

An well-known view – not everybody reach there – with a very good contrast, sharpness and aperture choice only a bit underexposed.

A really great shot. Sharpness colors POF Dof are good but the comp is great with these stones in the foreground making you realise how big this is. Well done.


Grtz Pim

Really great image of Machu Picchu. Great lighting. Out of points.

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  • Mite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 63] (550)
  • [2007-01-11 12:40]
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Great wide angle view of this celebrated site (which I would love to visit one of thes days). Its nice to see the peak in the sunlight, maybe you had to wait a while for this. There is an amazing amount of detail that we can appreciate, even in the background, thanks to a very sharp picture.
Great work, TFS
Best regards

Beautiful place excellent picture.
I've seen many of it the last few month, but not from this point of view.
imo, just a bit too sharp.

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  • AB- Gold Star Critiquer [C: 90 W: 0 N: 6] (723)
  • [2007-01-16 11:33]

Wow, fantastic scenery, just wonderful!!!

Wow! great capture David, excellent composition,
TFS, Neil.

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  • Suerte Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 59 N: 227] (3032)
  • [2007-01-20 11:21]

wonderful perspective!i hope i`ll be there one day...

Hello David,

Beautiful visual, in fact not a lot to speak, therefore the picture already speaks by itself.

* There is a curiosity in this picture, I don't know if you know, but rotacionando her counterclockwise sense, you see a head, his nose and the very open mouth, as if she went a person.
I will post her for you to see, I don't know if you know this detail. It is not a workshop, just a curiosity of this picture, in another vision of her.


Hello David!

It is not an original POV certainly (^_^). But what a stunning photo! The light , the definition, the sharpeness are excellent!. Magic moment well captured by your camera.
Thanks for the useful note too. Well done !

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  • kapil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 45 N: 68] (502)
  • [2007-01-26 9:36]

An extremly beutiful photograph of Machu Pichu.. I will surely like to see that one day

Beautiful colors here David! excellent POV.
The fact that Machu Picchu is almost completely in the shade makes the colors come out so much better!


This is a so lovely place. It should be one of the 7 wonders! You've captured this moment like a pro.


Otima foto. Em que época do ano você esteve lá? É cansativa a subida?

Very nice. Makes me want to go visit. :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-04-25 1:34]

Hi David, one of my sons visted here 'last century' and he brought home many photo - but this one is the BEST I have seen, even in travel magazines! BRAVO!
Excellent sharpness and colours. Well done

hello david, what an amazing shot (and i have seen this mountain city image many times) you seem to be more to the left than the other usuall points of view i have see. the composition is perfect, the colors and clarity excellent,

cheers, scott

Wow! it's certainly worth a visit and a picture like this can't lose. You've done very well. Janos

What to say David? This is such a magnificent picture, really stunning. You are definitely the King of the Andes here on TL!
Byt there already is a Queen! *__* Vandana2923.. also with excellent photo's of Peru! (Did you see it already??) TFS and compliment!
John T
* pt

Excellent view on this stunning place. Fascinating structure. I can understand that the poet calls it a miracle.

Howdy, David!?
As in my profile intro, I'd love to see this site. I'm glad that you took a very nice and detailed pic. Great POV. TFS,
Freddie :)

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  • tet Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 39 N: 196] (3627)
  • [2008-03-09 12:28]

love to see this place! nice photo david!

all the best,

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2008-04-05 10:02]

Hi David
Amazing view.
Lovely sharp shot and well composed.
Well done

Hi david,
wow machu pichu must be a very amazing place and with your capture you really show me it is.
Great photo of an amazing place.
Wow im impressed.
Well done

What a fantastic place and culture. I really wnant see this place one day. great composition with wonderful POV, sharpness.


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  • ablok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 188 W: 87 N: 15] (491)
  • [2008-07-24 9:58]

J'avoue que cet endroit en fait rever plus d'un..Moi le premier!
Le point de vue est excellent et la lumiere tres bien gérée!!


Beautiful landscape.

c'est la lumière parfaite, sans trop d'éclat et qui module les ombres dans une harmonie pacifique

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