Day Four – Cusco, Peru 13-01-2014

Alarm clock goes at 5am, its time to climb a hill. Back up to the top of Saqsaywaman, we reece’d the location the previous day. A gruelling climb with kit at altitude, all the time the sky getting brighter around us – a sense of urgency increasing as the sun begins to light the mountaintops in the valleys surrounding Cusco. Finally make it – shoot the Blanco Christ statue with golden light on him, back to the main view – a panoramic of the city of Cusco with the first light illuminating the rooftops. Difficult exposure if I want to include the sun in the frame but I feel the image needs it, will pull back the underexposed portion of the image later in post production. All done and its only just past 6am, a well earned breakfast awaits us.

After enjoying  Arsenal’s richly deserved win against Aston Villa at the highest Irish pub in the world (apparently) I headed down to the Plaza de Armas, planning a night shot of the square. I’d visited earlier in the day so knew exactly where I wanted to be, a view showing the main fountain in the centre of frame with the cathedral and church either side. Using a Nikon PC28mm shift lens I was able to keep all the verticals straight, I also fitted a 6 stop ND Filter to prolong the exposure – with the aim of blurring some of the people milling around the square.

Cultural Performance, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, Cusco, Peru

Cultural Performance, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, Cusco, Peru

Cultural Performance, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, Cusco, Peru

Cultural Performance, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, Cusco, Peru

Statue of Christo Blanco, Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

View over Cusco at dawn from Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

View over Cusco at dawn from Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

Statue of Christo Blanco, Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

Statue of Christo Blanco, Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

View over Cusco at dawn from Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

View over Cusco at dawn from Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

View over Cusco at dawn from Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

View over Cusco at dawn from Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

View over Cusco at dawn from Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

Ruins at Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

Ruins at Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

View towards Cusco from Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

View towards Cusco from Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

View towards Cusco from Saqsaywamán, Cusco, Peru

La Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru

La Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru

View of Valley and Mountains from Cusco, Peru

View of Valley and Mountains from Cusco, Peru

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