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Cascada Veinticinco de Mayo Moon burst

Veinticinco de Mayo

Veinticinco de Mayo

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It requires an exceptionally heavy rainfall to capture this cascade at its best.  It rains surprisingly infrequently on the east side of the Andes, so whenever the river flow was high I’d head out and try to shoot here. Having found the cascade on the 25th of May, and because this date is a national holiday in Argentina, I decided to use this title.  In order to capture the moon burst with my Nikon 14-24mm lens, I had to shoot the moon burst at f18.  I fired off several frames as the moon set behind Loma de las Pizarras; later I’d be able to choose the best moon burst to blend into the image. Once the moon set, I quickly re-adjusted my aperture to f4 in order to shoot the foreground. One would imagine as the moon set behind the mountain the foreground would be very dark. However, there was still plenty of ambient light for the perfect exposure.

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River Dance

River Dance

River Dance

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As a photographer, there’s little more exciting that witnessing an amazing sunset. Here on the Rio de las Vueltas the lenticular clouds beautifully complement the curve of the river.

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Bear Hat Mountain

Bear Hat Mountain

Bear Hat Mountain

In 2014 I spent six months shooting the Pacific Northwest, I shot for about 3 weeks in Glacier National Park. This image from Bear Hat Mountain was one of my favorite images. It’s a popular place to shoot, not only is the mountain very photogenic but there is also a lot of wildlife in the park.  During the earlier part of the evening I nearly managed to capture a grizzle bear in one of my shots. Hearing the bear come crashing through the undergrowth I became very still, watching it from at least 75m away I felt safe enough. I hoped it would come closer and into the frame but unfortunately it wandered off too far to the left.

This shot has a little bit of movement in the reflection in the water. I tend to prefer that over earlier images which were completely still. Here’s another shot, also from Glacier National Park:

Grinnell Lake

Grinnell Lake

 

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One fine morning

One fine morning

One fine morning

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I think I’d been out to try shooting this pond somewhere in the region of thirty times. I remember waking in my tent one morning and realising that not only was Fitz Roy visible but it was also calm, there wasn’t a breath of wind. Unfortunately when I got to the pond it had iced over during the night! I had a half an hour before sunrise, as the pond was only thigh deep I decided to wade in and try to shift some of the ice onto the bank. This of course proved futile, I could bare the cold but I couldn’t grasp the ice in my hands. With time ticking away I knew I had to head for another composition, as luck would have it this larger and deeper pond was not frozen. The composition was rushed, I believe this one is better here but as you’ll notice the fall colors are far better in this shot.

 


Salto Grande Sunrise

Salto Grande

Salto Grande

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An older shot of Salto Grande taken around 2010, the swirling clouds were an added bonus. This particular composition is particularly dependent on correct water flow.

Cuernos Torres del Paine

Cuernos Torres del Paine

Pehoe Motel under moonlight

Pehoe Motel under moonlight

The Cuernos

The Cuernos

Lago Pehoe xxx

Lago Pehoe

Salto Grande Sunrise

Salto Grande Sunrise

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Cerro Torre

Beautiful Light

Winter sunrise on Cerro Torre can be mind blowing and because of the low angle of the sun it’s possible to shoot quite late into the morning. This shot was taken at 240mm focal length on a full frame camera. Here’s a few more from the same area taken at various times throughout the year:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Petrohue Falls

Petrohue Falls are beautiful set of waterfalls within Vincente Pérez Rosales National Park in Chile. Seen here with volcano Osorno 2652m.

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Cerro Madsen

_ACW4487-Edit-copyFrom a relatively high altitude Cerro Madsen offers spectacular views of the Fitz Roy range. As usual I had to make several visits to this location before capturing anything worthwhile.I share here some other images taken in the vicinity:

 

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Fitz Roy

Fitz Roy

High winds produce some of the most dramatic skies in Patagonia.

One more from the same location:

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Laguna Misterio

Normally a dry lake bed, but after the heaviest rainfall in over a decade, a sizeable lake formed here.

Here’s a couple more from the same location. The image with the windblown grasses shows how dry the lake bed usually is.

 

 

 

 

 


Arroyo del Salto

_ACW3869The most popular trek in Los Glaciers National Park is the hike to Laguna de los Tres, which leaves from the north of El Chalten. The trail splits after about 4km, the left fork branches off to Laguna Capri whilst the right fork makes a more direct track to Poincenot Camp, and the steep climb to the ever popular lake. Whilst the lake has much to offer the small stream flowing through the park offers multiple opportunities for photographers.  Typically it’s best to shoot from here at sunrise although in truth excellent photography is possible at all times of the day and night. A strong hiker can reach this river area in a little over an hour from town, therefore it’s quite possible depart from town in the dark and reach here for sunrise, or a pre dawn as seen in this image.

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