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“Cueva Ventana” in English “Cave Window” being inside looking out was surreal! What a wonderful spot! The native used to go here and you can witness amazing petroglyphs



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DAsEye April 23, 2020
Well framed

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Location
This photo was taken in Cueva Ventana which is a large cave situated atop a limestone cliff in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It’s overlooking the Río Grande de Arecibo valley. It is visible from the PR-123 but is accessible from a trail that begins adjacent to a Puma gas station located along PR-10 on kilometer 75.
Time
We drove around 1 hour and 45 minutes from the Capital city San Juan. We arrived around 1pm and the timing was perfect because I wanted the sun as high as possible for it to hit the valley directly.
Lighting
Lighting was perfect because on the contrary on other types of photography that sunrise or sunset work best on this occasion being inside the cave looking to the valley I needed that noon high sun with that extra punch of sunlight to create the textured layered effect in this photo.
Equipment
Leica Q-P nothing else. No flash, no tripod.
Inspiration
Cueva Ventana is a Breathtaking Window to the Past. While visiting you can see some authentic Taíno petroglyphs preserved after several centuries. In the past, the island’s indigenous inhabitants created stone markings often representing gods, deities, human figures, animals, or elements of nature. Having this view all for themselves made me think a lot about how lucky we are when nature allows us to roam on this earth.
Editing
Wow, yes, definitely. Raw image first and most importantly. Then I worked with my shadows and highlights, keep control of little bit of the contrast and the black to make them look as natural as posible. Nothing crazy as simple as it gets.
In my camera bag
I have the simplest set up. Just my Leica Q-P in my neckstrap, nothing else. Before shooting a photo I’m always thinking and visualizing the result I want from the picture post processing. That way I know by memory the manual settings I need in order to get to the final result I want.
Feedback
Yes! TRAVEL, TRAVEL as much as you can. Life is to short to be sitting at home drinking coffee ( I know somedays feel like day and that’s okay). Don’t let daily mundane task kill your vibe of living life. VISIT PUERTO RICO. There are more than 270 miles of beaches in total, and some of them are regarded as the most beautiful beaches in the world. Their coffee is one of the best in the world and it’s one of the oldest places on the Americas. Did you know that their settlement dates back about 4,000 years?! They were also colonized by Spain / Cristobal Colon on 1493 this is way before any French or British colonized New Orleans or Jamestown. They have an amazing history!

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