In a perfect example of why you should never delete “bad” photographs, Lightroom CC’s new dehaze tool turned mediocre shots into ones worth sharing.
While some of the pics do look overexposed, I’m really impressed with how much the tool improves the photos from my “2-day” (which was really one 8-hour gruelling hike, and then a super early morning amble around Machu Picchu the next day) Inca Trail trek that I took on New Year’s Eve 2011. For the most part I was walking in clouds at high altitude, and I was shooting with the fantastic but not-so-much-in-difficult-situations Panasonic Lumix that I bought in New Zealand, me so the quality of the shots have never really wowed me.
I’ve also been playing around with Elegant Theme’s Divi, I love how flexible it is, and will allow me to create more interesting layouts on a per-post basis. I do wonder what will happen if I ever change the theme though, and envision content taking on a life of its own.
Walking to Machu Picchu, seems insane to me now. I remember at the time thinking that if I didn’t do the trek, I would regret it for the rest of my life. I took the 2-day trip, where the first day is spent hiking and the second day exploring the ruins, but in hindsight I should have taken the multi-day trip. The pressure to reach the Sun Gate by 4pm was immense, and I was the slowest person in the group. I wanted to quit, or be thrown off of the mountain, at least half a dozen times over the day as the pace was just too much for my soroche-ridden, asthmatic ass. Had I chosen the multi-day trek, the walking was limited to 4-5 hours per day, so if I was slow I wouldn’t have affected the other hikers very much. I could have stopped as I needed to, and enjoyed the amazing landscape I found myself in.
Still, I made it. I was the last tourist to enter Machu Picchu in 2011, and was rewarded with photographs of the park without another soul in them.