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Arriving to Machu Picchu town

thales milesius

1/2"@f2.8 ISO400 (CCD) No tripod. Unmanipulated.

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Due to the five hours it takes to go from Cusco to Machu Picchu, many tourist opt to arrive there at evening; to spend the night at Machu Picchu town (a.k.a. "Aguas Calientes", the town that blossomed as a result of the tourism); and then to go up the mountain in the morning just to see the citadel from the very sunrise. Tourists are expected by the local population, and many people gathers the railway in order to offer their services.

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I get a real sense of motion from the blur of people. The framing is tight and pulls you into the photo.
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I chose to publish this one first, because it was the only one of a series where the wagons are sharp and clear, not affected by the movement of the camera that spoiled the rest of them in a way. There's another one that I like in the folder, but it lacks a little bit of the sharpness of still subjects in the scene.
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I like the people shuffling out on this one. I like the steamy background-left of the other shot you later posted. Maybe merge the two?
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Rick your suggestion of merging both images sounds fine. I didn't thought on that one.

Sarah I'm happy that you've had a memorable staying in Peru. :) You know, tourists in Cusco are "merged" with the urban landscape, and it's also true that that city is in many aspects more cosmopolitan than Lima precisely due to them.

Thanks for stepping by.


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