Posts tagged “Patagonia

Glacier Grande

Adela Glacier

I just returned from a trip to photograph on and in front of Glacier Grande, this is the glacier visible from the east shoreline of Laguna Torre. Back in 2010, it was possible to take guided treks on the ice, since then glacial retreat has made access far more difficult. Accessing the ice requires scrambling down a steep bank of very loose rock which often breaks free sending anything from loose stones to car sized boulders hurtling down to the ice. It’s certainly no place to linger any longer than necessary. Despite its difficulties, it’s a seriously rewarding place to photograph. It’s essential to get permission from the Rangers before heading out. They used to give me a month long access permits; nowadays these are being restricted to weeklong stints. I never spend a week on the ice; it’s just nice not to have to keep bothering the Rangers.

Late April and so far all of May has been still, the strong winds for which Patagonia is so well known have been kept at bay. These unusually still conditions make for pleasant hiking, but at the back of your mind, you have to remember a glacier is a dangerous place of course just like any mountainous region weather conditions can change rapidly.

_AAA0403

This was a super quick shot I took whilst balanced on a very sharply angled crevasse ridge. Trying to stop my backpack from falling into the crevasse and using a tripod with ‘floppy leg syndrome’ was not easy.

 

 

 

_AAA0343

The Condor would have been flying over the glacier just six years ago!

 

 

 

 

_AAA0265

This one was criticized because the mountain looks slanted, it’s not, it’s just an illusion caused by the foreground ice. I’m definitely not going to rotate the image to make it look right, it either works or it doesn’t. As it probably doesn’t I’ll move on to other compositions and keep trying for a more interesting sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Dragons Den

The Dragons Den

The Dragons Den

Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 01.33.25

Feel free to comment below

Unlike a true ice cave tunnel this is actually a stack of arches with narrow openings in the roof, these openings allowed light and snow to enter. I found it whilst scouting on the glacier below Cerro Torre in Los Glaciers National Park Argentina. At the time I had something else in mind so I gave it less attention than it probably deserved. I just propped my camera against a rock and set up a rough composition. I knew I was going to need something to show scale so I used a remote trigger to fire off a timed shot whilst I stood in the background.  It was only later that when I got to my computer that I realized I’d captured something quite nice. The gravel creates a pleasing leading line and the snow really works to bring out the dimples in the ice.

I struggled to think of a name for the shot so the title might sound a little bizarre, the Andiperla is an insect that lives on glaciers in Patagonia. It’s also known as a Patagonian Dragon.

Save


Cascada Veinticinco de Mayo Moon burst

Veinticinco de Mayo

Veinticinco de Mayo

Feel free to post a comment below

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.

Here’s a few more:

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save


Branch Out

Birds Eye rrr

Branch Out

I photographed in Patagonia for much of 2015/16; from my cabin in the small town of El Chalten I was able to access deep into the heart of Los Glaciers National Park. Some days I would need a break from hiking, but I would always keep an eye on the sky, because if the clouds looked promising I would be able to run to this tree in under 20 minutes. In all my time photographing the park I only ever saw condors here on two occasions. I should point out that it was necessary to take two pictures to create this image. I used a wide angle lens to photograph the tree, in doing so the condor appeared tiny. It’s 9′ wingspan was miniaturized with the effect of using such a wide focal length. Therefore I pushed my processing boundaries and shot the bird separately with a longer focal length and later added it to the image.  This image does make a more accurate representation of the scene.