South America

Dealing with photo taking anxiety : Sacred Valley to Macchu Picchu

Day 3: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Pueblo

Being a travel vlogger I sometimes get a bit too preoccupied when filming that I forget to snap photos.  Usually, this is not the case. When I travel it’s like this wave of psycho camera OCD engulfs my body forcing me to film and photograph everything or else I get panic attacks thinking that I might miss something. If you have ever traveled with me you know this is true.

Yes, I am that annoying Facebook friend with millions of pictures of herself from her travels. Somehow I feel like those photos are my memories and I ALWAYS go back and revisit them, scroll through my photos and relive my trip like it was yesterday.

I don’t know why I feel this way since even if I don’t photograph everything, I still film it so you can always watch the video. However, I still feel like I am missing something whenever I do not snap a photo or, heaven forbid, forget my camera.

This blog post is one of those panic attacks. I suddenly realized I only have photos from two of the seven places I visited today. I think I am going to faint!

So let me sum up what I do NOT have any photos of: We spent the night at the Sacred Valley in this amazing lodge that I have no photo of. Then we went white water rafting, again, no photos. Onwards to Ollantantambo for lunch, WHICH, I actually do have a photo of.


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Then we hopped on the most scenic train ride ever, towards Machu Picchu. Took a dip in the hot springs and finally spent the night at Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of the Machu Picchu mountain.

See, it’s not nearly as exciting as if there were more photos. But, I guess it is not all that bad since I do have this amazing video from it.

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Are you an OCD photo-taker too?

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    November 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    You’re a very good photographer, Nadine. I am trying to start photography myself, but I haven’t really figured out great techniques, haha. But yeah, I can totally see how it would get frustrating when you don’t take pictures.

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    November 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I like your photo anxiety! It’s awesome to see pictures from places we haven’t been to! (oh and if I win a postcard,

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    November 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    What ends up happening most of the time is that people take your photos, and then edit you out, and put them in… orrr photoshop them in with you and be all like “oh yea, Nadine and i just went to this amazing place, you jealous?”, would absolutely looooooove a postcard =)

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    Kai-Uwe Heller
    November 6, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Following you since a long time now, and enjoying nearly every video ;D
    Already got 2 Postcards from you, and one additional would be awesome!
    have a nice day ;D

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    November 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Whitewater rafting is always a good day! I went in the smokey mountains & loved it… Train rides (in my opinion) are fun for about 10 minutes and after that one can’t wait to get off…

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    November 11, 2011 at 11:04 am

    You know what. My grandmother turns 90 on Nov. 28. And I bought her a custom “I LOVE BRAZIL” coffee-cup with a drawing of the Cristo Redendor on it. Of course I saw your Brazil videos. Now it is possible that I may not have thought of that if I had not seen your videos. She does not know of you internet persons, but yet you possibly had an indirect affect on her. Furthermore, she may be going to heaven soon, and may possibly share the details of her birthday(and presents) with the other angels, and so in that ‘Mothman Prophecy” sort of way, your trip may soon have an affect on all heaven in a way undeterminable to us at this time. Perhaps there will be further effects, as well….

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      November 13, 2011 at 7:22 am

      Hey I just got your postcard the same day that the coffee cup came in the mail! Coincidence? Probably, but anyways, you totally made my day! Thx so much!

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    Meica Manzano
    November 15, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Totally…I’m an OCD photo taker too. I don’t want to miss any event.

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    Jennifer Bobiwash
    December 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I’m always filming and taking photos of other people. My trip photos never include me. What cameras are you using lately?

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      January 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Canon 60D :) with a couple different lenses. Before I was just using a Canon Powershot for my vlogs.

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    Jessica Beck
    May 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Do you have any suggestions or tips on taking quality photos of yourself doing things while traveling solo? I typically travel by myself, and have tons of landscape pictures, and pictures of objects and buildings, but none of myself (except for the occasional selfie lol)
    What do you do when you travel?

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