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Guiding in Patagonia…. The Rules!

Guiding in Patagonia 2017 and the Rules of Commercial Photography

Photographers are routinely being stopped and questioned in Los Glaciers National Park (LGNP). The Rangers assume that anyone carrying a tripod is a professional. It’s against park rules to sell photographs without a permit, in this day and age a rule like this might seem impossible to enforce. I’m pretty sure whoever made this ruling is unable to distinguish the difference between someone selling images for a few dollars via a stock agency and someone photographing for a major advertising agency. This rule cannot realistically be enforced; certainly, the park would struggle to set their lawyers on one-time visitors who return to a foreign country.

Those intending to guide photographers next year are going to come under a lot more scrutiny by the Rangers. The rules In LGNP have not changed; they are just going to be more thoroughly enforced.

This year has been the first year that Rangers have placed themselves at the start of the main trails in Los Glaciers N.P. They also regularly patrol along the trails; clearly, a group of photographers with tripods are not hard to spot.

Anyone guiding a commercial workshop in Torres del Paine must employ a local guide, who’s job it will be to make sure nobody breaks park rules. Most importantly for photographers, this means – within reason – you will not be allowed to stray off the trail, this also applies to LGNP.

Los Glaciers National Park goes one step further, workshops must have a permit. This permit is available from Rosana Rivarola her email address is permisosyeventospnlg@apn.gov.ar

I’m told the application process takes at least three months.

For local guiding in LGNP, I recommend Fitz Roy Expeditions, I can’t personally recommend an outfit in Torres del Paine.

Fitz Roy Expeditions

Finally please don’t break the rules, the park is there for everyone to enjoy.

It’s no use telling the rangers you’re just a bunch of friends photographing together, they’re not stupid.


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. I would hazard an educated guess that this only happens for about ten days a year.  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.

These are the results from three solid years shooting in El Chalten, there is also a shot of me posing with a friend in a ‘tango’ position. This was not my idea and is not my photograph, so kudos to Jane Wei for the idea. It’s worth noting that in the ‘tango’ shot you can see the river at its typical flow i.e. significantly lower than is necessary – in my view – for a good shot. That picture can be seen here

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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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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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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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