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Sharing a View With the Inca
Photograph by Gordon Wiltsie

Photographic assistant Ben Wiltsie wakes with the day's first light to a surreal scene. From atop Cerro Victoria in southern Peru's Vilcabamba Range, a river of morning mist seems to fill the deep and treacherous chasms that lie below 20,000-foot (6,000-meter) peaks. For decades in the 16th century the Inca used this nearly impassable landscape as a refuge from Spanish forces intent on conquering their empire.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Ektachrome 200
Lens: Nikon 35-70mm zoom f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Scattered clouds and fog
Time of Day: Dawn
Lighting Techniques: Available light


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