Where to start with this one... This was on day 6 of our 7-day trek in Peru last June. I had envisioned this image way before getting into the country and got inspired by @maxrivephotography after seeing his images from there.
It was important for me to create images that reflected my own style and creative vision, but that involved getting to most spots at blue hour, which means leaving most of the time around 2-3am to start the hike.
The ascension wasn’t that long, maybe 2-3 hours but it was very steep. We arrived at the pass one hour before sunrise and we still had to get down where the cactuses were.
All I can say is that getting down in the dark on an extremely slippery and steep slope like this without a guide would have been quite dangerous for someone who doesn’t know the area.
So we made our way down in the dark and arrived at that viewpoint around blue hour. I shot the scene in a hurry, catching the last blue light before sunrise.
The last part to get down wasn’t any easier and we were relieved to arrive at camp and take some rest. My friend @bilal_photography slept somewhere between 14-16 hours and I thought he was dead for a moment 😂. I think that’s why it took me so much time to process this one, knowing all the physical work behind it, I wanted to make sure it was at a level that represented well all the hard work I put in. Hopefully it does that.
This is one of the spots we’ll be visiting next year in June during my photography workshop. - 3 spots left, link in bio!
Shot on Sony a7riii + 16-35 f2.8 GM
Foreground and mountains : 23 mm, 1/8, f16, iso 800
Sky : 3 shot panorama at 16mm, 20 sec, f3.2, iso 4000
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