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My first picture from the bed of the truck that would take us from Cabanaconde to the bottom of the Colca Canyon.

Just after leaving the Plaza de Armas of Cabanaconde, we stopped to take on some more passengers. While we waited, these two Quechua ladies caught my eye. They were dressed in fairly conventional clothing for modern Quechuas--not the traditional many-layered dresses, but not the standard modern westernized clothing of the cities. The hats are very conventional of the Quechua people of the area, as are the dual braids.

They conversed for a while--i don't remember if they spoke in Spanish or Quechua, likely a mix of the two. My first attempt had the focus on the distant lady, since her face was visible, but i didn't think that the foreground bokeh made for a very strong composition, and instead tried a nearer focus, again with a very shallow DOF.

Once more, the intense Andean sun has manifested itself, blocking the eyes of the farther lady and casting intense shadows all over the frame.

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Additional Photos by Sam Beer (SamB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 58 N: 416] (1948)
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