Horns of Paine
“Los Cuernos Del Paine” – Patagonia, Chile – Ian Plant – Featured Photographer
There are some places in the world where it is impossible to take a “bad photograph”. Patagonia is one of them. However it is very easy to take a photograph of one of these places and have it not look as good as when you were there (I can’t take a great manatee photo to save my life.) Anyways, Ian finds a way to make an amazing place look amazing. Like you could just raft down this crazy river and then grab a cold beer on the shore while checking out the spectacular purple and gold mountains in the background. I know this is sunrise, but in my dream I have a beer. Thanks Ian for adding a new line to my bucket list of things to see and flights to spend my frequent flyer miles on. Also I want to mention Ian’s website “Dreamscapes” http://www.ianplant.com has several incredible images that I would love to hang on my wall. So check it out and while you are there bookmark his blog, it is well worth the read. My brother and I read it every week!
While exploring and photographing Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region of Chile, on a rainy day I came upon this scene of rapids below the famous Horns of Paine (“Los Cuernos”). I liked what I saw in terms of composition, and decided to return the next morning—my last day in the park—in hopes of better weather and great sunrise light. I awoke the next morning to starry skies above. While racing to this location, mist and clouds moved back over the mountains, and it began to look like I might get shut out. Just before the sun rose, however, the clouds began to lift, and the Horns peeked out. At sunrise, the mountains were bathed in beautiful light. I used the rapid in the river as my foreground, zooming in with my wide-angle lens as the rocks were twenty feet away from me. I would have liked to get a bit closer but the blue-green glacial water was too cold, too deep, and moving too fast. Aside from the color and mood, I was attracted to the symmetry between the rapids in the lower left and the shape of the cloud in the upper right. These two elements, working together, form an abstract curve that leads the eye through the image.
I wish I could take credit for this photograph, but in the end I was simply lucky to be at hand when the moment happened. It was an incredible sunrise in a spectacular location, the kind that even someone like myself who does this for a living doesn’t see all that often. I’m glad to be fortunate enough to have been there, and to have captured the fleeting moment with my camera.
Technical details: Canon 5D Mark II camera, 24-105mm lens (@35mm), polarizer filter, 2-stop reverse neutral density graduated filter, ISO 200, f/11, 0.8 seconds.
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