Peru Explorations

Post 3 – Cusco and the Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley, Cusco and the hillsides above, provide a wealth of historic sites with architectural designs just waiting for you to compose.  Add to that local people, some traditionally dressed, and markets – lots of color.

Cusco, Temple of the Sun © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Cusco, Temple of the Sun
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Yarn dyed with natural dyes from plants © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Yarn dyed with natural dyes from plants
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Chinchero - a village famous for its weavers and traditional weaving style. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Chinchero – a village famous for its weavers and traditional weaving style.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Above Cusco, the site of Sacsayhuaman is a favorite at first light. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Above Cusco, the site of Sacsayhuaman is a favorite at first light.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sacsayhuaman - the early light provides the angle to show off the endless designs of the structures © 2016 Bob Harvey

Sacsayhuaman – the early light provides the angle best to show off the designs of the rock structures.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Sacsayhuaman © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sacsayhuaman
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sacsayhuaman © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sacsayhuaman
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo looms over the village of the same name.  The site has many agricultural terraces and water channels.  The village below remains mostly traditional and many buildings have foundations of original Inca walls.

Ollantaytambo © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo, watering system, the Granary on the hillside above.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

The Granary © 2016 Bob Harvey

The Granary
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Ollantaytambo © 2016 Bob Harvey

Ollantaytambo
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Ollantaytambo © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Ollantaytambo © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sheep herding, Sacred Valley © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sheep herding, Sacred Valley
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

At Tipon, the irrigation system for the agricultural terraces are very artfully done, as well as very functional.

Tipon © 2016 Bob Harvey

Tipon
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Tipon © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Tipon
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Tipon © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Tipon
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac, the Inca site, shows more agricultural terraces as well as burial sites in the cliffs above.  The village of Pisac below has one of the most colorful markets.

Pisac © 2016 Bob Harvey

Pisac
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Burial caves, unfortunately they have been looted. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Burial caves, unfortunately they have been looted.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market © 2016 Bob Harvey

Pisac market
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Pisac market, quinoa on a weaving. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Pisac market, quinoa on a weaving.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Our next post will be about Lake Titicaca area.

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Peru Explorations

Post 2 – Machu Picchu

Mention Peru and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu is usually the first thing that comes to mind.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

We photographers seek the artistic photos spinning in our minds.  As with many places we travel, there is so much more to capture if you look for dramatic compositions.  Machu Picchu holds many surprises, but to do the site well, we start before the sun rises.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

As the sun comes up and light plays across the sight, we watch the areas in shadows wake up to golden light.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

The light moves fast and we photograph parts of the site while they are still separated from the background hidden in shadows.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

We spend early mornings and late afternoons exploring with our cameras – using the best light as we discover new compositions.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

From Machu Picchu we move to the Sacred Valley of the Inca – historic sites, local markets, and more…  coming in Post 3

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Wild Bunch Inca Trail Trek and Peru Explorations

Post 1 – Inca Trail Trek

The Nature Photography Adventures Wild Bunch trekked 28 miles through high mountain passes to arrive at Machu Picchu as the Inca once did.  4 days and 3 nights away from civilization gave outstanding views of night skies, mountain scenery, and Inca sites only seen from the trail.

Beginning of the trail © 2016 Bob Harvey

Beginning of the trail
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Veronica © 2016 Bob Harvey

Veronica
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Milky Way © 2016 Bob Harvey

Milky Way
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Star Trails © 2016 Bob Harvey

Star Trails
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Dead Woman Pass © 2016 Bob Harvey

Dead Woman Pass
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Dead Woman Pass © 2016 Bob Harvey

Dead Woman Pass
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Watch for the next post, Machu Picchu.  And from there we will share sites in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley – and then on to Lake Titicaca.

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South Africa Nature Photography Safari

The Greater Kruger Area –

In the “backcountry” at Sabi Sands, away from crowds known to flock to Kruger National Park, we had amazing animal experiences.

Early morning, a lion wakes up and grooms. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Early morning, a lion wakes up and grooms.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Nice hair, what a good looking lion. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Nice hair, what a good looking lion.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

A leopard walked right beside our open vehicle.  It was close enough to reach down and pet.  Of course I wouldn’t, I just sat there holding my 200-400 lens that couldn’t focus at such a close distance.  Fortunately before it moved in so close, we all had a good time photographing the leopard.  The guide told us that all of us in a vehicle presented a large unit that it wouldn’t mess with.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

We saw a mother and cub every day.  We never tired of watching and photographing the interaction.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

One time the cub strayed away and caused some alarm before they were reunited.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Cats were plentiful, but we were up close and personal to some really big critters – very exciting photography.

Rhino and oxpecker, symbiotic relationship © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Rhino and oxpecker, symbiotic relationship
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

 

Hippos look like huge monsters in the water. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Hippos look like huge monsters in the water.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

They are "really huge" (and rarely seen) out of the water. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

They are “really huge” (and rarely seen) out of the water.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

 

Cape buffalo © 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo © 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo
© 2016 Bob Harvey

We had a nice mix of safari animals.

Zebras © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Zebras
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Giraffe drinking - a very vulnerable time, given the position they take. They drink cautiously. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Giraffe drinking – a very vulnerable time, given the position they take. They drink cautiously.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Vervet monkey © 2016 Bob Harvey

Vervet monkeys
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Hornbill © 2016 Bob Harvey

Hornbill
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Woodland kingfisher © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Woodland kingfisher
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Marvelous diversity, great opportunities to be up close and personal with amazing animals who don’t run when you arrive.

 

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Western and Southern Costa Rica Adventure

Western and Southern Costa Rica Adventure – Pacific Coast, Rainforests and Cloud  Forests, Forest Canopy, Special Wetlands and Mangroves, Small Coffee Growing Villages…

Following are a few images from the December 2015 adventure.  Our group experienced some very special moments.

Macaw nest © 2015 Bob Harvey

Macaw nest
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Resplendent Quetzal © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Resplendent Quetzal
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Toucan © 2015 Bob Harvey

Toucan
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird © 2015 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Capuchin Monkey © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Iguana © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Iguana
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Woodpecker © 2015 Bob Harvey

Woodpecker
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Forest view from canopy trail. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Forest view from canopy trail.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall in Providencia Village
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall © 2015 Bob Harvey

Waterfall in Providencia Village
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Sunset in the cloud forest © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Sunset in the cloud forest
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Squirrel monkey © 2015 Bob Harvey

Squirrel monkey
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Link to our Western and Southern Costa Rica adventure

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New Costa Rica Photography Adventure

Northern Costa Rica – Pacific Coast, volcanoes, exciting trails and rivers… We have been exploring new areas of Costa Rica, away from big crowds and full of photography opportunities.  After 2 scout trips, we have secured very nice lodging and experiences.  We are very pleased with the night photography options – good trails and guides and we will teach how to photograph with soft LED lighting (softer than our headlamps) so we won’t disturb the wildlife.  Following are a few photos from our scout trips:

Red eye tree frog © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Red eye tree frog
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cormorants, Caño Negro © 2015 Bob Harvey

Cormorants, Caño Negro
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Sunrise Tenorio 1 and Tenorio 2 to the left under the cloud (view from our room) © 2015 Bob Harvey

Sunrise Tenorio 1 and Tenorio 2 under the cloud (view from our room)
© 2015 Bob Harvey

One of many species of heliconia, from the Heliconias Trail © 2015 Diane Kelsay

One of many species of heliconia, from the Heliconias Trail
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

View from canopy bridge on the Heliconias Trail © 2015 Diane Kelsay

View from canopy bridge on the Heliconias Trail
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin monkey, Palo Verde National Park © 2015 Bob Harvey

Capuchin monkey, Palo Verde National Park
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Rio Celeste © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Rio Celeste
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Sugar Beach © 2015 Bob Harvey

Sugar Beach
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Blue Jeans frog © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Blue Jeans frog
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Owl butterfly © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Owl butterfly
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Mating mantis © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Mating mantis
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Black Howler monkey © 2015 Bob Harvey

Black Howler monkey
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Hmmmm, glad we are in a boat © 2015 Bob Harvey

Hmmmm, glad we are in a boat and with long lenses!
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Web, invisible without light at perfect angle. © 2015 Bob Harvey

Web, invisible without light at perfect angle.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Please join us for our first Nature Photography Adventure to Northern Costa Rica in December 2016, http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.costaricanorth.htm

 

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Morocco Photography Adventure

Morocco – a land with so many cultural sites to photograph. Palaces… famous doorways…souks… people living their colorful lives in the medinas… the Sahara…

And yet one can so easily forget documentation and be captivated by design.

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Join us in 2018 as we journey back to Morocco to find more fun compositions with our cameras.

Morocco Photography Adventure 2018

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Belize and Guatemala Photography Adventure

Post 3 –

Jungles and the Mayan World…  There is so much to appreciate about Mayan temples and other structures – but as photographers, we can also play with doorways, tunnels and sections of temples to create artistic images.

Yaxah © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Yaxah
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cahal Pech © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cahal Pech
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cahal Pech © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cahal Pech
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Often we walk through a tunnel and come out into a gorgeous jungle environment.  With Mayan sites surrounded by rainforest, wildlife is also present.

Cahal Pech © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cahal Pech
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Tikal © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Tikal
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Tikal © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Tikal
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

 

Tikal © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Tikal
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Howler monkey © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Howler monkey
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Caracol © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Caracol
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ceiba roots © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Caracol ceiba tree roots
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Caracol © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Caracol
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cahal Pech © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cahal Pech
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Yaxah, spider monkey jump © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Yaxah, spider monkey jump
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Woodpecker © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Woodpecker
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Tarantula © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Tarantula
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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Belize and Guatemala Photography Adventure

Post 2 –

Barton Creek Cave… We enter the cave in our canoes into a large room, tall ceiling, interesting formations above and around us to photograph.

Barton Creek Cave entrance © 2010 Diane Kelsay

Barton Creek Cave entrance
© 2010 Diane Kelsay

Barton Creek Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Barton Creek Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Barton Creek Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Barton Creek Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Barton Creek Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Barton Creek Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Barton Creek Cave © 2010 Diane Kelsay

Barton Creek Cave
© 2010 Diane Kelsay

As we paddle our canoes seeing and photographing pots and a skull high up on ledges, our guide tells us about the ceremonies that took place here. We can’t help but wonder how the Mayans climbed those steep ledges without footholds, and without canoes and headlamps to get them there.

Barton Creek Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Barton Creek Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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Belize and Guatemala Photography Adventure

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Caves… Belize is our favorite place in the world to explore caves.  Many are easy and the whole group can enjoy learning to take colorful, unique images.  Others stay on with us and we explore more adventuresome caves, but still not that difficult.

Rio Frio Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rio Frio Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rio Frio Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rio Frio Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Crystal Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay, Bob Harvey

Crystal Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay, Bob Harvey

Light – the lessons you learn about light when photographing in a cave change the way you view light and work with light in all the rest of your photography.  Rio Frio Cave is photographed in natural light coming through a large entrance and using a long exposure. Crystal Cave, St. Herman’s Cave and Joe’s Cave are photographed with several flash units.

Crystal Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Crystal Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Crystal Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Crystal Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Joe's Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Joe’s Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Joe's Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Joe’s Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Joe's Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Joe’s Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

St. Herman's Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

St. Herman’s Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Rio Frio Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rio Frio Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rio Frio Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rio Frio Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Joe's Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Joe’s Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Joe (or Jose) owns the land that several caves are on.  We climb a mountain on horses to get to them.  Our visits help support Joe’s small business. He is a kind man who wants to take good care of these caves – our visits are very environmentally friendly, we are very careful.  He also helps us with lighting.  Join us on a Belize Adventure in 2017 and we will show you how to control multiple flash units.

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