Iquitos and Belen on the Amazon. From north to south and West to East, Peru is a large country with many different climatic zones. From the other side of the Andes mountains, in the middle of Iquitos jungle and Belen, a small village with houses on stilts. This exclusive picture is the result of great determination because finding a plane on site was very hard. We were then obligated to take off from the Amazon river. When we return I managed to take a picture of this wonderful overview; the fading sun giving a warm and sought light.
The unique Salinas of Otuma Salt mines which are located in the national reserve of Paracas. We can notice this wide desert, similar to Sahara, which forced us to prepare our food supplies in the plane, in case of forced landing.
The astronaut; a figurine among others in Nazca desert. According to specialists, all the striations (Nazca lines) were done between 450 and 600 BJC. The major challenge was to fly at low altitude between dozens of figures. To immortalize the drawings of the rocks , i had to be very quick taking the pictures.
Laborers working in the fields for the onion harvest in the area of Ica; Peruvians are world renowned hard workers. The beautiful morning light allowed to take a great quality picture. Plus, the diagonal framing gives us both clean perspective and embossed-like pattern. I used a Canon 1 DS mark 2 with Canon 300 mm. F 2.8 lens.
Wonderful flamingos flying near Paracas. It is rather hard to capture birds in flight. Firstly, they are afraid of noise and dive to the ground at the last moment. Secondly, to eliminate the double speed rapprochement, you need to go in the same direction as them, as if you would fly with them. Finally, you need to consider the lighting; in this case, taking a backlight picture makes the magic of the colours disappear. This exclusive picture is one of the most beautiful I have done of birds. The shutter speed of 1/1000 sec. allowed me to capture this magical moment.
Overflying hundreds of pelicans. What a show! Sometimes you just don’t expect to assist to scenes like this one. Plus, you need to react quickly. I captured this image near Equator’s frontiere. They sometimes say that the sun at its zenith doesn’t allow to take great pictures. Here, on the contrary, I took advantage of it to capture the birds shadows in the ocean. The greenish sea gives this photo all its power.
Lima’s slum. Besides the fact that it is a sign of poverty, I believe this image adds color to human’s suffering. These small houses are the photo’s master piece and the uniform beige allowed a perfect mix between them. Also, the tight framing gives strength to the subject and concentrates our look on it.
My friend and pilot Christophe Laudrin with whom I flew over the peruvian territory as part of The Earth from above project (Yann Arthus Bertrand from Paris). Here we are making a stop at Trujilo to collect fuel, heading for Equator’s border. Notice the ultra-light plane (Storch) in which we flew for a hundred hours altogether. Not being a very fast plane, it allowed us to capture unique images (as long as we did not bring luggages on board).
Preflight preparation. The two removed doors give unlimited access to the scene… except for fragile hearts or people who suffer from acrophobia.