The

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Patagonia 16

Fitzroy

          

   

 

Loc. Intro

 

   
Torres  Paine
Fitzroy
Perito Moreno

 

 

Fitzroy Massif

       

 Unlike Torres del Paine, the Fitzroy Massif is

mostly accessed from one location,

El Chalton, a quaint little town of about

3,000 residents (in the summer). 

  

El Chalton does not lack for accommodations

 including some pretty decent restaurants and provisions for most outdoor activities.  It's a

neat little town.

   

Outside link about Fitzroy Massif.

  

 

   Schedule:   

     

        Day 2           Buenos Aires             Hotel Dolman

   

        Day 3           Torres del Paine        Hosteria Pehoe

        Day 4-6       Torres del Paine        Hotel Rio Serrano

        Day 7-8       Torres del Paine        Lago Grey Hotel

   

        Day 9           drive to Calafate        Mirador del Lago

        Day 10         Perito Moreno           Mirador del Lago

  

        Day 11         drive to El Chalton    Destino Sur

        Day 12-14   Fitzroy Massif            Destino Sur

   

        Day 15         Buenos Aires             Hotel Dolman

Day 12 & 13

     (El Chalton - Destino Sur)

Fitzroy

Massif

  2.

   

 

 I can really understand how visitors can visit 

El Chalton for several days and never see

Fitzroy Massif.

 We were lucky

to have seen it

the first 2 days before being blanked the last

2 days.

 

 

  

   
 

   

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Fitzroy

Massif

Morning

  1.

 

We trudged to a site off the

highway in the dark on the first morning  with a small Canyon

and river.  It was dark so it wasn't

readily apparent how un-photogenic it was till sun up. 

  

I spent way too much time trying to make the canyon work in

the shot when I should have been focusing simply

on the Massif. 

  

   
 

   

More Morning Images  (4)

    

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Stormy

3.

 This is how Mt. Fitzroy normally looks when it is even visible.  The mountain makes its own weather so conditions from where you are shooting may be

totally different. 

 

It's totally understandable that so few climbers make it

to the summit

each year.

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Forrest

Pattern

 

4. 

 

 As most of the following images will illustrate, Fitzroy is nice

but it is also autumn in Patagonia and

the impact of autumn color is not to be minimized.  

 

Even if we had never seen

Fitzroy, just the autumn color makes the trip worthwhile. 

  

 

   

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Day 14

    (El Chalton - Destino Sur)

El Chorrillo

de Salto

Waterfall

   

  5.

 

 A simply

beautiful

waterfall but crowded with tourists so it

was hard to get "view" shots due

 to people being

 in the way.

 

People have to do selfies so they wander out into

the stream which

 is not exactly environmentally acceptable.   

 

This is a great image for

autumn color but for some reason this wasn't happening so I focused on the granite walls.

 

 

  

   
 

   

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Riverside

  6.

 

 I spent a majority of my time photographing

the little river

that flowed away from the fall.

 It was absolutely the best time of year to

photograph the river due to the autumn color,  perfect timing

and much fewer people. 

 

 

 

  

   
 

   

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Moon

 

7. 

 

 We were shooting Mt. Fitzroy at sunset when I looked in back

of me and saw

the moon rising from behind a hillside. 

   

Click!

 

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Rocks &

Color

  

8. 

 

More images of

the autumn color near the waterfall above.  

 

Sometimes stuff looks so cool

when you shoot

it but not so cool when you post process it. 

 

Too much nuance which might be good when printed large.

 

You can't win

them all. 

  

   
 

   

More Rocks & Color  (4)

    

  

   

Massif

Peak

 

9. 

     

Focusing on individual features of Mt. Fitzroy was a lot of fun with amazingly good results. You can really immerse yourself in the mountain using this technique. 

 

Actually, you can lose your self in the parts and pieces of the mountain. 

 

  

   
 

   

More Massif Peak Images  (5)

    

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Autumn

Color

 

10. 

   

Just friggin awesome in

real life.

  

   
 

   

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Day 14

              

Pond

 

11. 

     

This image is

all autumn and

light.  Without both, there is no image worth capturing.  

 

  

   
 

   

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Moss

Waterfall

 

12. 

 

It doesn't get any better than this

for my kind of photography. 

First the lit up pond and now

the perfect light hitting this

intricate little waterfall covered with mosses.

 

Had the light held up and the photo guide more patient, I could have spent hours working the images of this waterfall. 

  

   
 

   

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Fitzroy

Massif

 

13. 

     

My multiple images of Mt. Fitzroy is a good case of after shooting a scene, shoot it again. 

 

  Every time it

comes out  little different.  There are so many variable such as clouds, wind, angle, lighting, and composition that really change an image.

 

At this moment,

I remember the tour leader yelling at everyone to get back in the busses.  I didn't. I love layers.

 

  

   
 

   

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Riverside

 

14. 

     

Never got to capture any

images of the waterfall up close at the lower left because  I spent too much time capturing images of the river, fall

foliage, and background. 

 

This material is

an artist's dream come true.

 

  

   
 

   

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Pastoral

 

15. 

 

This is kind of a simple pastoral image but I guarantee I'm the only on in the group that shot it.

   

I love "seeing"

for the sake of "seeing".  It's very contemplative.

 

I may have been the only one in

the group to actually see it.

 It was about a

half mile away from the pond where everyone else was

shooting.

 

  

   
 

   

More Pastoral Images  (3)

    

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Forrest

Floor

 

16. 

 

Always look down and watch where you step and in this case, what

you see can be pretty interesting.

 

This is the exact situation where your cropped frame camera with macro lens really performs.

 

    

  

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All images Michael F Dougherty

09/12/15