2 New Images from the Inca Trail & New HD Vimeo Channel

 

 

Hi again,

 

This post reveals 2 images captured on the Inca Trail in October 2009:

 

The Road to Machu Picchu (1), Inca Trail, Peru

 

 

Watch a video about The Road to Machu Picchu (1), Inca Trail, Peru:

 

 

Image Description

In this image, you are looking down the valley most people climb on the second (and hardest) day of the Inca Trail.  You start way down at that tiny bit of greenery, barely visible, at 2,800m.  From the very first step, it's uphill for hours, climbing 1,400 vertical metres to this viewpoint named Dead Woman's Pass at 4,200m.  The air is thin.  You walk slowly.  Every step requires a full inhale and exhale.  The reward is this view back down the huge valley, the stone path (you can see it down the bottom, slightly right from the middle) and up to the 5,500m+ mountain behind it.  I wanted to capture the rugged terrain out of respect to the Inca people for their ability to live high in the mountains and building this amazing stone path network.

 


 

Road to Machu Picchu (2), Inca Trail, Peru

  

 

Watch a video about The Road to Machu Picchu (2), Inca Trail, Peru:

 

 

Image Description

Also taken from 4,200 metres from Dead Woman's Pass, this image looks down to the second Inca Trail camp at 3,300m, located near the bottom of this valley.  Although there are others doing the trail, you get a sense of solitude at the top of this pass as we look to the higher mountains in the Andean range, some over 6,000 metres.  Although it was a sunny Spring day, the wind was freezing due to the high altitude, and I was preparing my knees for descending the 900 vertical metres of stone steps below (you can see the path at the bottom right).  I dare say I'm one of very few (crazy) people to lug a Linhof 617 camera kit and tripod to this point too.  It was worth it to capture this majestic view.

 

 

New HD Vimeo Channel

This week we created a new Vimeo channel which we'll upload videos, mostly in high definition (720p), to occasionally.  The videos will be a mix of photo narrations and other content (I can't give away the surprises can I now...).  There are currently 4 videos, and more will be added in the future.  You can open and bookmark my Vimeo channel by clicking this link:

http://www.vimeo.com/channels/193984

alternatively (and easier to remember) you can click the "V" logo at the top right of the website - screenshot below:

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General Vimeo Tip: when watching HD videos full screen, turn scaling off to watch the video in its native resolution - it will be much sharper and smoother.

 

Best regards,

Chris

 

 

Comments 

 
#1 Peter Ahrens 2011-05-06 21:05
I love the videos Chris, it will be great to see more of them as they come out.
 
 
#2 Chris Morrison 2011-05-07 07:21
Thanks Peter!
 

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