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Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley
davemce


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Near Urubamba, Peru
Date: Dec 21, 2008
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2009



[Mar. 17th, 2009 11:58:00 PM]

This was taken on the way to Urubamba, Peru from Cusco in Dec 2008. The valley is known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas and is the starting point for the hike or train ride to Machu Picchu. Peru is a beautiful country and it was an amazing trip to the jungle, highlands and coast for my wife and I and our two daughters.

Statistics
Place: 80 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.4703
Avg (commenters): 7.6143
Avg (participants): 6.4976
Avg (non-participants): 6.3291
Views since voting: 1120
Views during voting: 709
Votes: 489
Comments: 75
Favorites: 5 (view)


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03/17/2009 11:51:39 PM
Stunning. I'm glad I kept voting all the way to midnight so I could get to give this the 10 it deserves. Simply wonderful.
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03/17/2009 10:05:09 PM
beautiful- Wyoming?-10
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03/17/2009 07:37:28 PM
Really wonderful capture. Not sure about the processing... it looks a bit fake to me.

Not voting.
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03/17/2009 05:57:00 PM
Lovely scenic view, exceptional DOF and detail!! 8
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03/17/2009 04:49:36 PM
What a grand veiw
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03/17/2009 02:51:21 PM
Fantastic view. Love the horses.9
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03/17/2009 12:27:07 PM
wow, I love all the levels of depth that this has
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03/17/2009 09:18:56 AM
What a view!!! Great perspective, great shot!!!
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03/17/2009 02:24:47 AM
Nice job on making both the foreground and background very interesting.
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03/17/2009 02:00:34 AM
Such incredible geography... love the perspective you have. I would be jealous if this is the view from your house.
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03/16/2009 10:49:52 PM
It must have been great to be an Inca.
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03/16/2009 09:54:17 PM
How very, very beautiful. 10
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03/16/2009 09:49:00 PM
Outstanding depth in this photo. I love the three mules(?) in the foreground
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03/16/2009 08:02:14 PM
almost looks unreal beautiful image
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03/16/2009 04:54:45 PM
Spectacular view, well presented
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03/16/2009 03:11:28 PM
I really like the sense of size by having the animals in the foregrouond and the buildings down below.
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03/16/2009 01:34:40 PM
Excellent, almost looks like painting. 10
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03/16/2009 12:51:33 PM
amazing space bit shady at the back but still I give six

;D
brano
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03/16/2009 10:19:42 AM
amazing scene - love the clouds - 7
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03/16/2009 10:06:28 AM
Beautiful image, lovely coours and composition but think I would have preferred the lighting to give a little more moulding to the main points of interest, still good though
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03/16/2009 09:28:33 AM
Nice shot!
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03/16/2009 01:12:50 AM
Beautiful! 9.
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03/15/2009 11:50:42 PM
Great contrasts and beautiful clarity in the mountains.
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03/15/2009 11:17:01 PM
Awesome!
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03/15/2009 10:53:29 PM
My goodness... How much better can it get? This shot evokes such raw emotion and primal response. The clarity is astounding and the landscape is breathtaking. Quite an amazing photo.
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03/15/2009 10:30:26 PM
Wow. What a great shot. Love the razor back on the mountain across the valley.
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03/15/2009 09:36:56 PM
Love this. Before I saw your title, I thought, "What a great valley." Your title is perfect and I love the contrast between the mountain and the donkeys.
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03/15/2009 09:12:52 PM
wish i could see a bit more foreground and sky
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03/15/2009 08:42:01 PM
Great control over the exposure. Good focus from foreground to background. The three animals in the foreground give the image context and a sense of scale.
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03/15/2009 03:43:39 PM
Great feeling of depth and height in this lovely scene. 7
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03/15/2009 01:54:14 PM
Nice shot. Good color and angle of shot.
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03/15/2009 01:47:04 PM
very nice landscape, this, I think, would have really benefited from multiple exposures
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03/15/2009 09:42:37 AM
I like the composition. Nice shot.
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03/15/2009 09:22:35 AM
Wonderfull ! To bad it wasn't a little bit more sunny ... 8
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03/15/2009 08:56:56 AM
Absolutely awesome scenery, what a great vantage point. Those clouds are lovely.

Back to vote, I gave this a 9.
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03/15/2009 02:56:37 AM
beautiful details, excellent capture, 8
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03/14/2009 12:41:12 PM
Wonderful sense of depth and detail captured here. The colors work well and the mountains in the background really look spectacular.
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03/14/2009 12:05:06 PM
Alignment with the peak gives good depth.
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03/14/2009 11:02:35 AM
Very interesting ripples in the landscape.
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03/14/2009 05:53:34 AM
sweet shot great dof and perspective
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03/14/2009 12:34:56 AM
Oh this is lovely. Every thing about it is virtually perfect. Wonder where it was taken.
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03/14/2009 12:15:06 AM
Gorgeous.
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03/13/2009 11:17:03 PM
Wonderful landscape and amazing dof. Super job of composition. The three donkeys in the foreground create a very eye-pleasing three dimensional effect. 9
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03/13/2009 11:11:12 PM
amazing landscape
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03/13/2009 10:37:41 PM
in this one I think that if you did curves/levels any more you would blow out the foreground...such "velvety mountains"...
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03/13/2009 12:50:30 PM
Beautiful landscape
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03/13/2009 08:49:25 AM
nicely captured
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03/13/2009 05:26:21 AM
Wonderful landscape!
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03/13/2009 02:43:42 AM
Stunning view, love the three animals in the forground, they give a sense of perspective and add a little bit of life.
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03/13/2009 12:11:00 AM
Wonderful view with a lot of depth. I like the horses!
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03/12/2009 10:19:19 PM
Wow, what a view! Nicely done.
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03/12/2009 05:02:39 PM
This one just doesn't allow you to do a drive-by vote; such depth.
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03/12/2009 04:10:40 PM
You've done a brilliant job of capturing detail throughout the image - so much to look at :)
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03/12/2009 02:32:08 PM
Amen! Spectacular.
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03/12/2009 11:21:22 AM
WOW! Sorry to be so cliche. The "Wow" came out involuntarily :) I just so love everything about this. The drama. The perspective. It is fabulous, and only my 2nd 10!
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03/12/2009 11:08:54 AM
I don't know what makes it sacred, but it has that look about it, of peace and quiet, and a place that you can rest for a while. The inclusion of the burros (?) in front really adds to the mood. Beautiful gentle tones throughout also.
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03/12/2009 09:22:32 AM
beautiful scene, well done!
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03/12/2009 09:01:57 AM
Great view
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03/12/2009 03:53:48 AM
wow wow WOW! Magical!
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03/12/2009 02:14:50 AM
Interesting juxtaposition of the mountains and the grazing animals - nice contrasting subjects
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03/11/2009 11:24:21 PM
very nice shot love the amount of detail in the shot
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03/11/2009 11:13:16 PM
this is a very beautiful scene. those donkeys make it much more personal then if it had been without them
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03/11/2009 10:49:48 PM
I feel like I could walk into this
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03/11/2009 10:38:08 PM
Stunning! Wonderful color!
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03/11/2009 08:24:30 PM
beautiful place, so much going on here, the animals in the foregroud, the city down below, the mountains and the sky, also great leading lines, well done
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03/11/2009 07:55:44 PM
Breathtaking. What an incredible panorama. But I feel the colors are over-tweaked, unnecessarily. Where is this?
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03/11/2009 06:45:06 PM
A wonderful image to explore.
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03/11/2009 03:39:29 PM
This looks like Maui, am I right?? :) In any case, wherever it is, this is a gorgeous photograph. I'd maybe up the contrast and/or saturation a bit myself, but personal preferences and all notwithstanding it's still beautiful.
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03/11/2009 03:38:15 PM
I love the inclusion of the three horses (donkeys?). Nice wide angle.
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03/11/2009 10:55:43 AM
looks like a postcard
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03/11/2009 10:30:37 AM
Very nicely composed. The three animals in the foreground create an interesting sense of scale when compared to the far off town and mountains. Nice.
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03/11/2009 08:50:45 AM
Wonderful scene capture!
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03/11/2009 08:04:17 AM
The only thing I would have done different is cloned out the shadow in front of the donkeys but its a beautiful landscape.
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03/11/2009 03:56:35 AM
I like the way the animals give a good anchor point to the shot
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03/11/2009 12:21:21 AM
Simply amazing capture.
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