Break­ing Sun on the Lost Cit y Machu pic­chu, peru

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Machu Pic­chu, high in the Peru­vian moun­tains, is one of the main rea­sons I got into pho­tog­ra­phy. See­ing an im­age of Machu Pic­chu hang­ing in a gallery as a kid was one of the first times I thought to my­self that I wanted to be a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher.

To get this shot, we spent six days in the area, go­ing to the ru­ined Inca city four times, al­ways look­ing for great light and the most pho­to­genic weather. We fi­nally got the con­di­tions we were look­ing for when the sun broke through the fog about 30 min­utes af­ter sun­rise. The sun­light was par­tially dif­fused by the mist in the air – a con­di­tion known as ‘artist’s light’. It was in­cred­i­ble. To take this pho­to­graph I used my Nikon D800e with a Nikon 16-35mm f/4 and Re­ally Right Stuff tri­pod and ball­head, plus my small travel um­brella that al­ways lives in my bag.

EX­PO­SURE 1/25 sec, f/11, ISO100 LENS Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

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