The

Photo Experience

             

Patagonia 16

Autumn

          

   

 

Loc. Intro

 

   
Torres Paine
Fitzroy
Perito Moreno

 

Torres del Paine

     

 Definitely one of the best "bucket list" locations

for photographers, climbers, and trekkers on the

planet.  Not easy to get to, and the wind and

cold can be troublesome, but worth it.

 

In short, we spent a week photographing the

"horns" of Cordillera Paine from before sunrise

to after sunset from about every angle we

had access.

 

Outside link about Cordillera Paine.

 

 

                  

 Patagonia Map (pdf)          (doc)    (art) 

 

Day 3

     (Hosteria Pehoe)

Cordillera

Paine

  1.

 

We started the

trip at  Hosteria  Pehoe and woke

 in the early morning to photograph some awesome views

of the horns. 

 

It's hard to

explain but it was pitch black when we situated ourselves on the lake and had no clue what we would see before the sun began to light the horizon. 

  

   
 

   

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Cordillera

Paine

Close-ups

 

2.

 

In addition to scenics from

Pehoe Lake, isolating features of the horns were incredibly awe inspiring.

   

 

 

   

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Guanaco

 

3.

 

After shooting around Pehoe, we headed  to Hotel Rio Serrano for 3 days.  On the way, we stopped

by the side of

the road to

photograph these Guanaco. 

 

We were told that we would see lots of Guanaco over a couple weeks but this was by far the best opportunity

of the trip.  Never let an opportunity pass you by.

 

 

 

   

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Caracara 

 

4. 

   

We ate lunch a couple times at a newish BBQ restaurant on the other side of

Pehoe and these majestic birds seemed to take a liking to the food that people were eating in the park.

     

Otherwise, you couldn't get near them.

  

 

 

   

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Day 4

     (Hotel Rio Serrano)           

 

 Salto Grande

Waterfall

 

  5.

 

This was an outstanding waterfall and a picturesque hike behind the falls for a couple miles towards the horns.  Very pastoral.

 

I did spend way

to much time and took too many images near the rapids before I accidentally got the image at

right.  It just looked good. 

The sun light

was striking the ground hard from the right side of

the image.    

  

 

 

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Cordillera

Paine

 

  6.

 

Another experience where you get up before sunrise and wonder what

what you will see before sunrise. 

  

This is why you  pay the big bucks and travel with a tour guides that know what they

are doing.

  

 

 

   

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Pastoral

 

  7.

 

  This is my favorite kind of image.  The scene is not readily apparent when

you are are hiking unless you are looking for it. 

It's kind of subtle but contains some nice forms if you look carefully. 

 

This type of image is suitable for blowing up very large to really appreciate the scene.  

  

 

 

   

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Day 5

    (Hotel Rio Serrano)

The Horns

 

  8.

 

This really is

cattle and sheep country but I

didn't understand this until we passed this ranch.

 

I didn't think we were trespassing since we didn't jump any fences but the tour guide scooted us back

onto the highway after I was able to take this shot.

  

 

 

   

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Misc.

 

  9.

  

  A collection of wildlife shots

taken randomly during the day.

  

Shot first and figure out what

to do with the image later. 

  

 

 

   

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Day 7

    (Lago Grey Hotel)

Cordillera

Paine

 

  10.

     

 

  

 

 

   

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Gauchos

 

  11.

     

Nothing wrong with a few staged images of gauchos and horses.  This was a fun shoot and I could have spent a lot more time shooting these types of images. 

 

Trying to capture the horses legs properly is a lot easier with a fast camera which my camera certainly

is not. 

  

 

 

   

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Logo Grey

 

  12.

     

This is an image

of the Lago Grey and the glacier in the background.  The sun was striking the lake and sinewy

rivulets which

adds drama to

this image.  

 

  

 

 

   

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Day 8

    (Lago Grey Hotel)

Cordillera

Paine

Sunrise

 

  13.

     

This image was taken on a morning walk to the boat to view the Lago Grey Glacier. 

 

We were all surprised at the stunning sunrise

in an otherwise very drab

morning. 

 

  

 

 

   

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Lago Grey

Glacier

 

  14.

     

During the boat ride to the Lago Grey glacier, I

went inside for a few minutes and captured this

 scene of all the photographers in their orange vests standing on the front deck. 

 

Of course all their

backpacks were still inside along with additional vests.

 

Notice the reflection of the orange vests in

the ceiling. 

  

 

 

   

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Crystal

Iceberg

 

  15.

     

It doesn't get any better than this.  Nobody knew anybody that had ever seen a crystal iceberg before.  Even the captain

of the boat made

a second loop around the iceberg to check it out. 

 

My photos don't come close to capturing the beauty or the experience of witnessing this

iceberg.

 

  

 

 

   

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Torrent

Duck

 

  16.

     

I had never seen

or heard of a Torrent duck before but these guys spend their time in fast

 flowing streams picking food off the bottom of the stream bed.

 

 I actually think

the orangish female is more attractive and photogenic than the male.

 

  

 

 

   

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Pastoral

 

  17.

     

    

  

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All images Michael F Dougherty

04/24/16