End of June

End of June

I’ve been so busy I’ve not been able to devote time to my Blog, this is in part due to personal shooting and guiding but also Wifi speed. All my blog entries are created in Word but the images need to be added whilst online and even at low res’ they invariably get cut half way through upload. Since my last entry I’ve spent a week in Torres del Paine, it was a roadside shooting trip with at times rather more ‘roadside’ than I might have expected, more on that later.

Whilst driving between Argentina and Chile I created some GPS tracks and a number of waypoints. If anyone intends to visit Torres del Paine my data would be useful. I’m not going to give out location advice like some sort of E-book. The data concentrates on road entries, gas stations, hotels etc. If you feel this would help you send me a message at info@andrewwaddington. The folder is a mere 1mb so there’s hope even for my Wifi.

I’d like to say that June provided me with an abundance of snow images; the truth is I had almost as much snow in April as I have in June. Of course, winter is a long season out here so there’s plenty of hope for the coming months. El Niño seems to be bringing precipitation but the conditions are too warm for it to fall as snow. Watching the international news I’m noticing that Europe is having the warmest summer on record, India and other parts of Asia are also experiencing similar conditions. Many will wonder what the world will be like for the next generation but in truth, we’re probably looking at huge changes within this one. Here in Los Glaciers N.P, Torres Glacier, which flows into Laguna Torre, has shrunk by nearly 600’ in two years.

When shooting in Glacier National Park in Montana last year I couldn’t help wondering when they’d feel forced to change the name. Here in Argentina, it’ll take a lot longer for the ice field to melt but glaciers Soucia, Blanca, and Torre are all in rapid decline.

Venticinco de Mayo

Venticinco de Mayo

Going back to Torres del Paine was nice, I don’t enjoy that park quite as much as Los Glaciers but I recognize that my Patagonia photography needs a level of variety. I was in the park with a client; he was responsible for organizing the rental car. He chose a company called Punta Alta, which has an office in Puerto Natales. For those thinking of renting down here, I should tell you that there’s a number of options both here and in Argentina, but it’s my firm opinion that it’s best to rent in Chile. The vehicles are better quality and cheaper. In many cases, there’s no need to use a car in southern Argentina. Several people have come to stay with me in El Chalten and discovered they have no use for their rental car.

Our vehicle appeared to be sturdy enough, however, we had a blowout on the main highway. The tire was shredded so we lost a morning when we had to return it to the rental agency. They were very good about it and swapped the car out for a 4WD, initially, we’d been in a basic saloon car so the swap out was appreciated. We were given a car similar to a Ford F150 pickup with king cab. It was some obscure Korean import but it was fine for our needs.

Unfortunately again with this vehicle, we had our share of problems, a taxi bumped into us causing barely a scuff to us but a healthy dent to him. Our most irritating issue happened on the shore of Lago Pehoe within the park. I was driving at the time, I felt sure the car had a flat and was just about to pull over when the car lurched to the side and the rear wheel flew off barrelling down the road. It came to rest just feet away from the top of an embankment, a little faster and the wheel would have landed in the lake. It transpired not only had the wheel lugs been lost but also one of the studs was missing, in fact, one nut was missing on all four wheels. So whilst I was able to steal a lug from each wheel I was still forced to drive with two lugs missing from each wheel. We were able to contact the rental agency, the staff was actually very helpful, they agreed to send out a new car the following morning.

Car troubles aside we had good conditions for photography in the park. We also spotted Puma; on about the fourth day we noticed a group of three, some distance off by a lakeshore. Later I would disturb two Pumas from a guanaco snack, this was somewhat closer to hand but once they spotted me they were off like a shot.

Back in Argentina, I prepare for my next client who arrives 24 hours from now.

Monochrome seemed to work nicely here

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I might do a run of monochrome

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