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Patagonia 16





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Fitzroy Massif






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  Fitzroy Massif            (More Images)


  Perito Moreno - Calafate


Day 12

    (El Chalton - Destino Sur)





 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.











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. 



 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.







 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. 

Day 14

    (El Chalton - Destino Sur)

El Chorrillo

de Salto




 A simply


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.






 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. 










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

of me and saw

the moon rising from behind a hillside. 










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. 









Just friggin awesome in

real life.

Day 14





This image is

all autumn and

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







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. 






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.






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.






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










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.






All images Michael F Dougherty