Photographers dream of finding themselves in an environment filled with the beautiful and exotic. We had many expectations for what we’d see on our trip to Peru’s Manu National Park, one of the most diverse places on Earth.
Photography at Manu did have its challenges. We didn’t realize until the last days why we were having so much difficulty capturing good images. It was not an environment we were used to. Lots of things in the jungle blend in for safety. How to capture the subject when it is so well camouflaghed? The tree canopy was high and foliage could be thick. Even at mid-day, the light was dim. Birds and monkeys were rarely close enough – or still enough – to photograph with our cameras in the dim light. Still, we persevered.
Our nine-day trip wasn’t long enough for all there was to see. It was truly a “trip of a lifetime,” and we just wish our photographs could have reflected that.
Note: Before our visit to Peru, we did lots of research and chose Manu Expeditions’ 9-day “THE COMPLETE MANU BIOSPHERE RESERVE EXPERIENCE.”