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Ancient Ways
Photograph by Joel Sartore

An Aymara woman rounds up her llamas in a blur of color and motion. The Aymara—Andean herders and farmers whose culture predates the Inca—raise llamas for meat and wool on the Atacama's high plateau (here at about 16,000 feet [4,900 meters]). At night they pen their animals in stone corrals to shelter them from marauding mountain lions.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Scattered clouds
Time of Day: Dusk
Lighting Techniques: Available light



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