When my mind isn't wandering, I can think pretty intensely.

 

Day 8.5: Photos in Aquas Calientes, Peru. Between intense games of Gin Rummy, intensive bartering at the local market, and looking up at the mountains, we took a few-many photographs around the town. These specific, subject oriented shots have stuck out as a couple of my favorites. I left out the broad landscape shots, as day 9 will highlight Machu Picchu itself.

Day 7: Strolling downstream with the glacial runoff. With a lot of time on the trail and most of it downhill, we took advantage of plenty photogenic scenes in the Andes. Armed with my ultra-wide angle lens (10mm-24mm), landscapes became an experimental focus. Balancing light, shuttle speed, ISO and f-stop pushed me to play excessively in the manual setting. With frequent opportunities to shoot moving water, I began to play with slower shutter speeds. The challenge became making amazing scenes look cool; however, I don’t think I’m quite skilled enough, but a few examples found their way to tumblr. Thoughts? Tips? Critiques? I now have a tripod, so “get a tripod” has already been addressed.