Adventuring Deeper into Patagonia

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    After a four-hour plane ride deeper into the Andes, we started to get further into the wilds of Patagonia. Perhaps I should explain that I was on this trip with a very good Russian friend named Dima, who is also a photographer. He brought four other Russians with him. Despite our friendship, he had given me a non-English-speaking roommate named Yuri that never ceased to amaze. Within five minutes of dropping him off in my room, Yuri was in his underwear and I noticed his approximate size to be that of a smallish beluga whale. This ended up propagating many other problems For example, on the flight to El Calafate, our small plane had a bit of a hard landing because I was not sure the pilot was fully informed of Yuri's weight.

    After setting up camp in El Calafate, we went out to the edge of Lago Argentino tonight to shoot the sunset to shoot the Perito Moreno glacier. Every few minutes, you could hear giant shards of ice cleave off and drop into the lake below.

    See all of the dark bits of ice floating in the water? Those are actually the clear bottoms that were once underwater, but recently flipped over. In the midst of all this, and from out of nowhere, Yuri produced a giant bottle of cognac, which seemed to keep the Russians happy in the freezing cold. When I posted this photo on the blog and across the various social networks, many of my Facebook and Twitter friends requested a photo of Yuri. That night, while he slumbered, I endeavored to take a panorama of him. I considered the glacier as practice, since it was also big, white, and cracked.

    This was shot with the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8 lens. The second of the five exposures (the -1 EV shot) was at f/8.0 with a shutter speed of 0.033 secs and a 250 ISO. As for the coal length, I think I had it cranked all the way to 14mm to take this shot. I'm always flummoxed as to whether or not I should take a panorama of these places, which essentially means I'd have to map out an invisible grid and then take a photo in each cell for later stitching using post-processing software. For this photo, I did use a Nikon D3X, which already has a 24 megapixel sensor, making the final product a fairly detailed 6000 pixels across or so. There is some invisible point when enough is enough, and I never quite know what it is. One limiting factor is time-of-processing. Panos take a long time to both shoot and post-process, so that comes into the decision making tree fairly early on.

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    1. Andy Roberts 62 months ago | reply

      That is just awesome!! I'd love that as a wallpaper!

    2. lagocardiel - Exploración Sísmica [deleted] 61 months ago | reply

      G l a c i a r P e r i t o M o r e n o _ Argentina

    3. Waleedol 55 months ago | reply

      I have no words to comment on this pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4. Olivier  47 months ago | reply

      Excelente color del hielo.
      Patagonia debe ser muy bonito para fotografiar.
      Muy bonita foto.

    5. John Kuan 46 months ago | reply

      Great emotional depth. A wonderful picture!

    6. OlyaA (busy) 35 months ago | reply

      Beautiful picture!

      Please share this wonderful image with group Show Room
      This invitation counts as an award as well

    7. Tigerspaws 34 months ago | reply

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    8. El Huang 33 months ago | reply

      Complimenti la tua foto e' bellissima!!!
      This shot is wonderful!!!

      In viaggio con la mia nikon
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    9. Polly Holly 24 months ago | reply

      I absolutely love it!!!!!!!!!! The colors,the atmosphere...

    10. It's worth a shot! 24 months ago | reply

      I saw this Interesting capture at

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    11. Paul Wyman 21 months ago | reply

      Amazing bit of photography !!!!!

    12. JoeCow 10 months ago | reply

      I definitely enjoy your pix! :) <3

    13. Anirban Sinha 80 3 weeks ago | reply

      Terrific colour tones!!

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