All Around Cusco ~ Cusco, Peru

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I’m already working on the next trip-lapse video from New Orleans, then Utah is on the to-do list.

All Around Cusco

With a few friends running around Cusco this week with The Giving Lens, I was remembering how beautiful of a city it was, and pulled out this gem, a full 360 degree panoramic at the Ovalo de Pachacuteq. You can just see, in the bottom center of the photo, the shadow of the statue that I had climbed for this scenic view.

Another fun thing to think about, the sun in the upper right of the photo is casting that shadow 😉  I’ll be uploading the full size image to Smugmug just as soon as I get my laptop back from the Doctor…

Around Cusco William Woodward

Fire Sunset in Mexico

Fire Sunset in Mexico

As many of you know, I’ve talked a lot about re-processing old photos, especially if you really like a shot, but maybe you don’t love the way it turned out.  This was a prime example.  This shot has always been one that really intrigued me, but there were definitely elements about it that I could have done better.  If you take a look at them full screen, you’ll see the differences too.  And remember to use the new techniques you have on old photos.  You’ll enjoy the results!


Fire Sunset Mexico William Woodward


Fire Sunset Old Mexico William Woodward

Evenings on the Streets of Cusco

Come Say Hello! 

I’ll be at FotoEnvy/Studio Works building at 317 W. Jefferson Street for most of the afternoon/evening.  Here’s a map to the location.  Stop in and say hey!

Evenings on the Streets of Cusco

Some 3000m above sea level, and in the southern hemisphere’s winter, it was a bit brisk in Cusco.  That did make for a nice temperature to wander around and not get warm walking up and down the large hills and narrow streets. Around every corner was a new scene, old lights illuminating the sidewalks, people bustling to and fro.


When you have lots of moving objects in your scene, it’s important to blend a single image back in to the final product to get rid of the ‘ghosting’ effect that you’ll have in your tonemapped image. Layer the two images in Photoshop and using the masking tool, mask thru the hdr down to one of the bracketted photos.  (I usually pick the 0 or +2EV for moving things, but use what is most interesting to you!)

Evenings of Cusco Peru William Woodward

Lights in the Hills


Thursday is going to be launch day for the new updates!  Unfortunately this is pushing out the HDR panoramic tutorial, but I’m hoping to have that done by the end of next week.

Lights in the Hills

This one looks cool large.  Make sure to click on it to see a larger view.  Later in the evening, wandering the streets of Cusco, the houses lit up the the hills like they were covered in Christmas lights.  Every night in Cusco is like this, you’ll see people filling the squares, socializing, heading to and fro.  The social nature of the place will draw you in and make you feel welcome.

Lights in Hills Peru William Woodward

The Red Bar

Gallery Showing: April 13th and 14th

A local shop is putting on a pretty cool gallery coming up, and I’ll have some work up in there.  Here’s the little spoof from the event’s holders:

FotoEnvy and Studio Works have teamed up to provide one of the newest and largest art exhibit in Rockford. We will be hosting a wide array of art in different media from the following artists:

  • Josiah Sjöström
  • Angelica Goral
  • Joseph Goral
  • Sarah Hoey
  • Ryan Davis
  • Greg Farnham
  • William Woodward
  • Kellie Logterman
  • Lyndsay Holm
  • Brian Milo
  • Chris Warkocki
  • TJ Duckett
  • Nikki Hollander
  • Kyle Wilson
  • Trisha Mündt
  • Christina Ditzler
  • Ron Clevenger
  • Drew Eurek

If you’re interested in stopping by, the show opens Friday at 3pm, and here’s a map for you

The Red Bar

Found while wandering around late nights in Cusco, Peru. While it is definitely a ‘tourist destination’, being the kick off point to many people’s trek to Machu Picchu, it still has a very old world feel to it, and walking off a cobblestone street full of locals, to a rather ritzy place like this was a strange feeling.

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.

Red Bar Peru William Woodward

Bienvenidos Cenote

Bienvenidos Cenote

It seems that the square crop comes up more and more in my processing. It’s kind of a fun way to showcase a scene.  Down in Mexico, everything was full of vibrant colors. You couldn’t look one way or another without seeing bright reds, greens, blues, yellows, everything really. That’s probably why in some cases it was fun to take a different look at a scene, and remove all the colors from it for a new feeling. This style reminds me a lot of the ‘old scene’ style photos, something that had been put away for years but still great to look at.

Bienvenidos Cenote Yucatan William Woodward