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Patagonia Photography Adventure

When I think of Patagonia, the words “vast” and “mood” come to mind.  The landscape changes constantly, clouds move and reveal peaks that were hidden moments before…  Light breaks through and highlights parts of the scene… All good things to create drama and art in the landscape.

Sunrise, El Chalten, Argentina © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, El Chaltén, Argentina
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, El Chaltén, Argentina
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

We hike all day for great views and hope for a glimpse of the tower…

Clouds part and reveal the Fitzroy Massif, Argentina© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Clouds part and reveal the Fitz Roy Massif
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Early morning, Fitz Roy Massif, Argentina
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, Fitzroy Massif, Argentina © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, Fitz Roy Massif, Argentina
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The quiet of the mountains in the many moods they present us, leaves us as we explore the Perito Moreno Glacier…

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The glacier calves with a spectacular display of power, revealing a deep blue wall. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

The glacier calves with a spectacular display of power, revealing a deep blue wall.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

We leave behind the excitement at the glacier, absolutely the best glacier calving day we have had anywhere, and make our way to Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.

Sunrise, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The drama of light, clouds, color continues… Guanacos wander throughout the scenes…

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Condors and eagles fly overhead…

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

A fox plays hide and seek, ready for an afternoon siesta…

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The "towers" peak out behind the waterfall. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

 

Patagonia is a land that offers many opportunities for photographers.  Hiking through the mountains is a breeze when you are starting at close to sea level, easy to carry wide angle and telephoto gear. We invite you to join us on the next Patagonia adventure in 2016  www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.patagonia.htm

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Patagonia Gallery

I really enjoyed building the latest gallery, Patagonia.  So many memories and such an inspiration just to think back at the great light we have seen and photographed there.  See the gallery here http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/gallery.patagonia.1.htm

Patagonia is the place I am most driven to photograph landscape. The dramatic views of the mountains are constantly changing – from the first warm light of early morning to the cold blue of the glaciers they hold.  Clouds gently part to reveal peaks all day long, a design of mood and drama. I love watching this change and the challenge to capture the right moment to release the shutter.

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Sunrise, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2009 Diane Kelsay

 

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Fitzroy Massif, Argentina
As we started an all day trek
© 2012 Bob Harvey

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Waterfall, glacier trek Perito Moreno Glacier
© 2012 Diane Kelsay

 

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Clouds opening to reveal a view, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Bob Harvey

And occasionally guanacos might just step into the view.  Not too spooked by us, they allowed me to walk a few steps to place them just right with the mountain.

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Guanacos, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Diane Kelsay

And all this while a Condor flies over us…

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Condor, Torres del Paine, Chile
© 2012 Bob Harvey

We hope you will join us on our next adventure to Patagonia http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.patagonia.htm

 

 

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Iguazu Falls Photography Adventure

This is my last post, before beginning the long journey home from Iguazu Falls on the Argentina/Brazil border.  Tonight we will make one more visit to Devil’s Throat by full moonlight.  Then tomorrow morning we will transfer to our first flight.

Last night, under nearly clear skies, we made our way out to the very brink of one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world.  By moonlight it seems even more powerful – and certainly louder!  It is very clear that if one fell into this falls – there is no coming back!

Moonlight on Devil's Throat, Iguazu Falls© 2013 Bob Harvey

Moonlight on Devil’s Throat, Iguazu Falls
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking downstream along Devil's Throat from the brink under a full moon.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking downstream along Devil’s Throat from the brink under a full moon.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Devi's Throat by full moon.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Devi’s Throat by full moon.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The real problem with photographing for days at Iguazu Falls is NOT that you run out of things to photograph – it’s that you can only share a small percentage of the many compositions that you create.  Here are a last few – but know that for every image I have shared, there are 50 compositions that are equally exciting!  This is truly a photographer’s paradise!

Brink of falls in the mist.  Look carefully and find several other waterfalls!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Brink of falls in the mist. Look carefully and find several other waterfalls!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Chico Falls plunging into a sunlit pool at 1/8000 of a second!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Chico Falls plunging into a sunlit pool at 1/8000 of a second!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

A vertical rainbow - with the shadow of the photographer.© 2013 Bob Harvey

A vertical rainbow – with the shadow of the photographer.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Intense rainbow at the base of a falls.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Intense rainbow at the base of a falls.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

I could go on and on!  But this give you an idea of the fun we’ve been having.  I hope everyone gets a chance to photograph this set of falls someday.  We would love to be your guides when you do!  Thank you.  Bob

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One of the fun parts of waterfall photography is the brink itself.  Water throws itself over the edge – the behavior is much the same whether the falls is 15 feet or several hundred feet.  Here at Iguazu Falls, there are several opportunities to witness the brink – and sometimes to combine it with other falls or even rainbows!

There is amazing action at the brink - I wish everyone could see these images full sized to really appreciate the detail!© 2013 Bob Harvey

There is amazing action at the brink – I wish everyone could see these images full sized to really appreciate the detail!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking down 100 feet to the next brink below!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking down 100 feet to the next brink below!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stop the action and it is quite dramatic!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stop the action and it is quite dramatic!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Maybe the water is afraid of the fall - and is doing everything it can to stay on top!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Maybe the water is afraid of the fall – and is doing everything it can to stay on top!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Line up a rainbow, and it looks like another world!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Line up a rainbow, and it looks like another world!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The rainbows even wrap around the brink!© 2013 Bob Harvey

The rainbows even wrap around the brink!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Everything in this post was captured at a very high shutter speed.  Some of the exposures simply would not have been possible before the advent of 14 bit cameras that enabled better noise management.  This is an amazing time to be exploring the planet with a camera!  Bob

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Iguazu Falls Photography Adventure

Sunset from the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls© 2013 Bob Harvey

Sunset from the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls
© 2013 Bob Harvey

When the sun drops below the horizon, the exposure times get long, and the light changes colors.  Iguazu Falls takes on a completely different look!

Looking upstream along the Iguazu River after sunset.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking upstream along the Iguazu River after sunset.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Power turns to grace.  The coffee color of the water contrasts with the white froth of the churning.  The falls take on an entirely different complexion.

Grace and beauty.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Grace and beauty.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Last light, at least from the sun...© 2013 Bob Harvey

Last light, at least from the sun…
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Caramel colors and smooth lines.  Looking at this you can't even hear the thunder!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Caramel colors and smooth lines. Looking at this you can’t even hear the thunder!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Whether you interpret these falls as having power or grace, this is an amazing place to visit and photograph.  There are so many waterfalls in this complex that would, elsewhere, constitute a reason for a national park on their own.  Here you can almost overlook falls that would steal your heart elsewhere.

 

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Argentina Explorations

Once again we headed uphill… this time up the Quebrada Toro along the tracks of the Train to the Clouds.

Quebrada Toro – Copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

The Toro Canyon is another amazing display of nature’s abilities to color rocks!  And we took full advantage of everything Pachimama showed us!

Quebrada Toro – more magic colors – Copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

After climbing through this amazing canyon we reached the base of the “high bridge” on the Railroad to the Clouds – about 4,145 meters above sea level and 64 meters below the train tracks.  This is the third highest bridge of this magnitude in the Americas!

High Bridge on Railway to the Clouds – Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

What an amazing place to play with a wide angle lens!

High Bridge on Railway to the Clouds – Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

While up in the Puna, the altiplano, we visited some great evaporated salt lakes!  What amazing patterns!

Pool in Salinas Grandes – Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

Wish you were all here!  OK, maybe next time.

Tomorrow, a canyon with many colors…  Stay tuned!

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Quebrada Fletcha (Arrow Canyon) is named for the nearly vertical sandstone blocks that have weathered into skyward pointing arrows.  Translate that into photography – hot stuff!

Arrow Canyon – Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

What a fascinating and seemingly endless photographic playground.

Arrow Canyon – Copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

 

This country is full of Cardones – those tall and majestic cactus that often grow in interesting and twisted shapes.

Backlit Cardones – Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

We can now say, with enthusiasm, that you have not lived until you hear the wind whistling through “los cardones”!

Cardones at first light – Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

And we can say that composing with cardones is amazingly fun.  We have great front light, side light and back light images.  And it’s fun to put them in juxtaposition with dramatic rock walls of any color!

Cardones and Red Rocks – Copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

There is even a national park in Argentina dedicated to the protection of the cardones – and where research is being done on the relationship between cardones and other species!

Next up – the famous railway to the clouds!  Stay tuned!

 

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Quebrada Cafayate reflected in Rio Las Canchas – Copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

As many of you know, we love to be out for first light!  That’s a bit of a conflict with Argentina’s lifestyle, where many restaurants open for dinner at 8:30 pm, but the sacrifices have been worth it.  At least that’s what we keep telling our guides!

Ribbons in the rock! – Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

We continue to be amazed at the many colors in the sandstones and mudstones here!

Look up! Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

This has been great country to simply be “off trail” and exploring!

Cactus window – Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

And the perspectives we have found have been outstanding!  The cardones cactus are fascinating!  Oh, and maybe a bit intimidating!

Stay tuned for more!

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We’ve moved north now – and found some great photographic opportunities around the rural community of Cafayate!

Castillos – in the Quebrada Cafayate along the Rio de las Canchas – Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

 

Just “downstream” of Cafayate two significant rivers merge to carve a canyon known by two names: Quebrada del Cafeyate and Quebrada de Las Conchas.

Green! Copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

 

The colors here are fantastic – it’s like our American Southwest on steroids!

Cardone Cactus and several colors of rock! Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

Never  before have we witnessed dawn breaking over red rock country – ok green, purple, yellow, orange, blue and red rock country – to the sounds of parrots winging away from the communal perch and going about the business of the day!

This canyon is very approachable – with many opportunities to hike.  We found several arches in one 15 minute stroll!

Count the colors! Copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

For the most part, we had this amazing landscape to ourselves!  And when the light began to soften, we were 20 minutes away from great opportunities to taste wine!  We can’t begin to tell you how hard we are working to make sure you have great opportunities when we bring you down here in the future.

On the upstream side of town, there is a great archeological site celebrating the culture of the Quilmes people.  These industrious people carved out a living in this challenging environment – and managed to resist both the Inca and the Spanish for many years.  This amazing site gives us great opportunities to put ruins and cactus in stark juxtaposition.

Quilmes. Copyright 2012 Bob Harvey

We need to sign off for now – there is another winery that needs a thorough review!

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After leaving base camp this morning we began a long climb toward the border with Chile.  We climbed through a wild canyon with exciting tilted sedementary ridges and an aggressive cutting river.

Approaching the old pass between Argentina and Chile – copyright Diane Kelsay 2012

We climbed up through the zone where the guanacos live and then above where the landscape is dotted with vicunas.

Vicuna and Laguna Brava – copyright Diane Kelsay 2012

Near the pass, we found beautiful Laguna Brava, sporting colors of green, teal, and blue.  Much of the lake was frozen, all of it was rimmed with salt deposits.

Laguna Brava – copyright Bob Harvey 2012

The pass was wild and windswept.  We found a “refugio” where gauchos traveling from Argentina to Chile a century ago would hole up to rest before pushing over the top.  The bones of a not-so-lucky gaucho were deposited in a rock cairn – our guide tossed in a coin for luck and protection.  A red fox lurked and the wind blew cold from the snowfields of the high Andes.

Refuge at high pass – copyright Bob Harvey 2012

This was a day of dramatic light and exciting geology.

Light and layers – copyright Diane Kelsay 2012

More tomorrow

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