Photo Of The Day – The Ruins At Sayaqmarka – Peru


Title: The Ruins At Sayaqmarka

Location: Inca Trail, Peru


ISO 100
Focal Length 180mm
Shutter Speed 1/160
Aperture f/6.3
Exp Comp -1/3
Camera Canon EOS 5D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L

Don’t ask me why, but I shot this image in JPG instead of RAW.  It could have used a bit more latitude for my liking, but it works.  The shot was taken on Day 3 of the Inca Trail hike.  The ruins are that of Sayaqmarka, an awesome cliffside dwelling accessed only by that thin staircase on the left.

The image is slightly cropped to but out some more of the mist that distracted.  In Adobe Lightroom I then

  • Increased Black clipping to +18
  • Highlight Recovery to +54 to tone down mist
  • Red Saturation dropped to -69 because a backpack in photo was distracting
  • Clarity +40
  • Vibrance +24
  • Contrast +23

The shot was a bit too bright for me and this feels more like that day; damp, chilly and full of wonder.

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Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey

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3 Replies to “Photo Of The Day – The Ruins At Sayaqmarka – Peru”

  1. D. Travis North

    I’m a little curious about where you’re standing. Did you scale some adjacent cliff to get that shot? What kind of risks did you take to get this shot?

    Speaking of risk taking in photogrpahy…that might be a good post for you.

  2. Peter West Carey Post author

    There’s only a bit of the hill on the left that is even more steep, that I cut out. It made the picture a bit lopsided and didn’t add to it.
    I was on the Inca trail when I took that shot, it just happened in an advantageous spot where you can look down on where you are going. So I didn’t take any risks, but you’re right, that is a good topic for a post as I’ve done both sane and stupid things to get a shot.


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