Solo South America
Born in Buenos Aires and raised in Lima, Tim had not been back to South America since he turned 17. These blog posts are about his solo return journey round Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru, to celebrate his 50th and to take stock of his life so far. If you’d prefer just to see a selection of images from this epic journey and avoid his thoughts, best go to the four ‘Journey with Myself’ galleries in the Portfolio section.
Sony A7RII : f/4@640th : ISO 125 : EV -0.3 : FE 55mm f/1.8 It’s difficult to fully convey the texture and the detail visible in the hires version of this image of an adobe wall in a Cusco side street. The ‘roots’ have been made by the effect of rainwater trickling down the wall, with the mud from the wall leaving a brown trail as the rain stops and the water begins to dry. I can’t tell you how […]
Sony A7RII : f/10@640th : ISO 500 : EV -0.3 : FE 55mm f/1.8 From this one spot on a typical Cusco side street, there are four different wall types – the large angular stones of an Inca wall to the left, an adobe wall to the right, a more basic stone wall in the centre, and an ugly brick wall in the background. Photographically, this is the only reason I stopped to take this picture and, although I cannot claim to […]
Sony A7RII : f/4@80th : ISO 500 : EV -0.3 : FE 90mm f/2.8 The San Pedro market in Cusco had a lot of stuff on sale that I wasn’t particularly used to but I’d have to say that the wizened granny sitting next to a bucket of live frogs had one of the more unusual setups. She didn’t really have a stall, just her stool next to the bucket and a flat surface by her side for the freshly peeled […]
Sony A7RII : f/4@80th : ISO 400 : EV -0.3 : FE 90mm f/2.8 There’s nothing quite like a macro lens to get a different perspective on things. This close-up shot of dried beans is from an inspiring day I had wandering round San Pedro market in Cusco. The Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G is turning out to be a stellar lens and well worth its weight in my ‘travelling’ camera bag. As with most indoor markets, the light was […]
Sony A7RII : f/5.6@50th : ISO 800 : EV -0.3 : FE 55mm f/1.8 I love wandering around markets when I get to a new town and San Pedro market in Cusco was no exception. The quality of the fruit and veg is second to none, beans they have in abundance, herbs and spices, and then there’s all the meat (for fish, I’d wait until you get a little closer to the coast). Peruvian cuisine may have been riding high around […]
Sony A7RII : f/11@1000th : ISO 200 : EV -1.0 : FE 35mm f/1.4 The trouble with being part of a tour is that you have little control over your schedule and, in effect, over the light, which is why I found myself at ‘La Isla del Sol’ in the midday sun. Nobody’s fault but my own. I’d decided I needed to get to Cusco for the New Year, which meant that I now only had a half day stopover in and […]
Sony A7RII : f/14@1000th : ISO 800 : EV 0.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 From my childhood memories growing up in Lima and now to my current South America trip, I’ve been aware that the coke sign has always played a very visible part in everyday life. I’m not sure if South America just appears to have more Coca-cola references than other continents but their logo seemed to be jumping out at me far more frequently than I’m used to elsewhere. Take this sign […]
Sony A7RII : f/13@800th : ISO 500 : EV 0.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 It took a while for the Bolivia Hop bus to make its way out of the congested streets of La Paz but eventually we were clear and heading off towards Lake Titicaca. This was our first quick stop en route; I imagine there must be quite a few shots taken from this same vantage point but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful.