The colourful houses of Las Peñas, a colonial neighbour named after the rock formations that it was once set upon over 400 years ago. It's vibrant architecture was built in the 19th century after a series of fires destroyed the original buildings, and has been home to many members of Ecuadorian high society (including a total of eleven presidents).
I was debating whether or not to post this, but it is in fact the last photo ever taken with my beloved d500, and I would like to pay some tribute. Very few people know this, but the following day, this camera and several lenses were stolen from me during my journey across Ecuador. My pictures were safe, but the feeling was revolting, purely despair and embarrassment, and the wind in my photography dream sails had well and truly gone out.
Although it was a potentially photography-ending incident for me money-wise, thank god I had the foresight to buy camera insurance before this trip so at least the monetary value could be returned to me. For 2 months after this I then made do with an old, faulty, manual-focus-only camera I bought in Quito, and 1 remaining lens. This camera tested my photography experience and patience greatly, but wildlife encounters were absolute no-goes, and frequently I wanted to smash it on the spot. However, from this horrific situation came an incredible silver lining, as I was offered a generous settlement (after much insurance hassle, thanks to the guys in Riobamba for their help), and I now have the opportunity to re-build my gear with a better appreciation of modern cameras. Looking forward to the next era of improvement, but it feels so good to autofocus again.
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