Dump trucks ferry alluvial soil from the Quebrada Buena Fortuna, the Valley of Good Fortune, in the renegade gold-mining area of Huaypetue. The Transoceanica enabled miners to haul more than a thousand earth-moving machines to the unlicensed strip mine between 1992 and 1997. The mine subsequently sprawled over 40 square miles (100 square kilometers) of rain forest. At the peak of the gold boom in 1998, some 2 percent of the world's annual gold production may have come from Huaypetue.
Camera: Nikon F100 Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100 Lens: 80-200mm zoom Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/11 or f/16
Weather Conditions: Sunny Time of Day: Morning Lighting Techniques: Natural light Special equipment or comments: The texture in a landscape shows up better when the shadows are longereither in the early morning or late afternoon.