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Heights of Civilization



Machu Picchu, Peru

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Machu Picchu has always been on my bucket list. I also knew that tourist numbers were up and I really wanted a great shot overlooking the ruins. The way I planned it: get up at 3:00am and be one of the first to hike the terraced landscape and set-up. As it turned out, the entire landscape was cloaked in thick mist and cloud cover. So thick in fact, that you could only see a few meters in front of you! What a great moody feeling, but you couldn’t see anything. My travel companions and I decided to hike around until the fog lifted, but that would also give more time for a possibility of worse weather and more crowds. By the time I made it back up to the scouted photo spot, the clouds were lifting, giving me a clear chance to photograph this magnificent vista in panoramic format. I rarely see it in this format, so I was determined to get it. The mist scraped the tops of the adjacent mountains and swirled around the stone structures as my shutter clicked away. I was so grateful to capture this view in full panoramic glory. All along the way I had met people that never got to see the Machu Picchu vista because the clouds never lifted. That was exactly my fear. But it was my delight to see the entire view bathed in playful, non-brassy light and gave me a chance of a lifetime to experience and capture Machu Picchu as I had hoped!

Moscow International Foto Awards MIFA 2019 GOLD Panoramic Award
Master Photographers International MPI IIC 2019 Award of Distinction
Nature's Best Photography Winland Smith Rice Awards 2019 Highly Honored
Nature's Best Photography Winland Smith Rice 2019 Magazine Featured
Neutral Density Int'l Awards 2019 Honorable Mention
Skylum Travel Adventure Photography Contest 2019 Featured
BetterPhoto International Photo Contests 2019 Finalist February
GURU Shots 2019 Guru's Pick
ViewBug Int'l Photography Submissions 2019 Grand Winner Machu Picchu
ePHOTOzine Photography Submissions 2019 Reader's Choice Award
Tokyo Int'l Foto Awards TIFA 2018/2019 Silver Panoramic Award
EPSON International Pano Awards 2018 Silver Award
WPE Europe Int'l Awards 2022 Silver Award

IPC Professional Photographers of America PPA 2018 Merit Award
World's Top 10 Landscape Photographers 2018 Finalist

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