2017 in Review

2017 in Review

A good photography year

As 2017 winds down, I think that it is a good idea to reflect upon the year that was. Self-reflection is a good way to improve, and it's important to do every now and then. It's also a good excuse to share some of my favorite photos from this year, and describe why they will stick with me going forward.

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Welcome to the New dbrim.com!

Welcome to the New dbrim.com!

My new home

Hello, and welcome to the redesigned dbrim.com!

For a few years now, it has been clear that I have needed a more cohesive web presence for my photography. Between Twitter, Flickr, 500px, Instagram, and my old blog, my photos were spread across the internet. Every platform had a different ideal use case, and there was no cohesive central hub. Now when people ask me "where can I find your photography?" I can actually have a good answer. My various other social media homes are not going anywhere, but now they can point to this as a central source.

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Bolivia, Part 1

Bolivia, Part 1

Desaguadero to Sucre

Bolivia! Bolivia was always the ultimate destination of this trip, and you’ll see why as we continue through the series.

We left off at the overland border crossing at Desaguadero, where it took us five hours to successfully get into Bolivia. As a result of the delays we suffered, we were extremely behind schedule, especially if we wanted to see much more of Lake Titicaca. We had to be in La Paz very early the next morning, and by the time we successfully crossed we only had about four hours of daylight left. Our options were limited.

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Peru, Part 7

Peru, Part 7

Nazca to Desaguadero

It’s time for the final part of the photo series in Peru. This post covers two and a half days, from Nazca to the border crossing into Bolivia in Desaguadero. As such, this is a very long post, but there is a good reason for that. The first day of this post is not interesting enough to stand on its own. The second day is, but then there’s only a half day left before crossing the border and I want to keep the parts of this series split by country. The result isn’t bad for you - this part has 40 photos in all!

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Peru, Part 6

Peru, Part 6

Andahuaylas to Nazca

The morning started off much like the previous evening ended. We were now on the other side of the city Andahuaylas and on top of a different pass. The tallest mountains and snow caps were no longer visible. Despite all of that, we still got to witness fog crawling up the side of the valleys without obscuring our view to the distance. Rising early also gave us a chance to see some wonderfully warm light on the foreground.

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Peru, Part 5

Peru, Part 5

Cusco to Andahuaylas

The start of Part 5 of this photo series is also the beginning of a new chapter: it’s when the road trip began. Starting on November 16th and ending on December 1st, this trip spanned 5000 miles, four countries, and 16500 feet of elevation. I’m not going to spoil the specifics of what we saw (you’ll have to keep reading!), but you’ll want to stay tuned for photos of some of the most other-worldly scenery on Earth. Eventually.

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Peru, Part 4

Peru, Part 4

Machu Picchu (Day 2)

Waynapicchu is the famous spire-like mountain behind the site of the Machu Picchu ruins. It is not the only mountain to climb in the area, but it is the most recognizable. It is the peak located behind the cover photo on Part 3, and has also been in nearly every famous photo taken from the monument.

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Peru, Part 3

Peru, Part 3

Machu Picchu (Day 1)

After an entirely too short period in Cusco, it was time to move onto the main attraction of this part of the trip: Machu Picchu. The only way to reach the ruins (in a way that does not involve a multi-day hike) is by train to the town of Aguas Calientes, which takes about three hours. The train ride is very scenic, staying in the high plains between Cusco and Ollantaytambo before descending into the Rio Vilcanota valley via a series of switchbacks. It follows the river from 12000 feet almost halfway back to sea level before reaching its final destination. 

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Peru, Part 2

Peru, Part 2

Cusco

It seems like during every long trip I take, there’s a city I fall in love with. In Patagonia, it was Puerto Natales, which became an extremely scenic home away from home. On this trip, it was Cusco for reasons which should become clear.

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Peru, Part 1

Peru, Part 1

Lima

It finally happened!

About three years ago, shortly after finishing a photography trip to Patagonia, I was asked a question. My friend Jake traveled with me on that trip, and it’s in his nature to always look forward to the next big adventure, even if it will take years to get there. His question was simple: “hey, what if we go to Bolivia?”

That question started three years of planning, three years of saving most pennies, three years of pooling resources. I bought a new camera for this trip, and it was a partial motivator for finding a new day job (which was overdue for other reasons). The first mention of Bolivia in my e-mail was in February 2013. The trip accidentally became a major life milestone. We finally made it a reality.

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