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Patagonia and Antarctica

 
mattia
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Jan 26, 2012 14:49 |  #1

Because I feel the need to share - posted a few here and there in other appropriate threads.

Having a good 5 weeks of vacation time to burn before switching jobs, I took it all in one month and decided to attack the White Continent. I'd always considered it, but a good friend who had been pushed me over the edge and I booke. First came Argentina. Flew into Buenos aires, spent a few days there, enjoyed Boca, Beef and Wine

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Then flew out of BA:
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...and down to El Calafate. The distances and emptiness are immense, and the nature quite stunning, if sometimes a little severe. This shot's quite terrible from a technical standpoint and wasn't exposed properly, but it captures the feel of breaking through grey cloud cover to see the Andes lit up in late afternoon, golden sunlight, with ominous skies above. Have bracketed exposures I'm still fiddling with in the hopes of getting a better shot:
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Then came Perito Moreno, the first Ice I saw:
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before flying down to El Calafate:

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Jan 26, 2012 15:00 |  #2

From there, I took a bus into Chile to explore Torres del Paine. Last-minute booked a 3 day kayaking excursion (pics currently unprocessed, but it was stunning), as I was traveling alone and didn't have the time to find hiking buddies for a 3-4 days hike of the 'W'. I'll have to go back for that. Hopefully the park will have recovered from the fires by then:

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Then down to Tierra del Fuego! And more importantly, stepping on a ship (the M.S. Expedition - a beautiful boat with the world's most fantastic crew and an amazing group of traveling companions and new friends). Ushuaia itself is an odd, but quite nice little town:
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The Beagle Channel brought us wonderful plays of light against the Fuegan landscape, and a surreal moment when we could see the last rays of the setting sun, the first rays of the rising sun and an extremely bright moonrise on the Horizon at one moment in time. Moonrise:
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The Antarctic brought breathtaking landscapes and Penguins (and other animals a-plenty. Will restrict myself to a single Penguin shot:
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One of a crab eater seal:
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...and one of an icy, enticing landscape.
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Truly a trip of a lifetime, and the pictures only barely manage to capture a little bit of the magic of being there. More in my Flickr feed (click on the links) for those who want more. Comments or critiques very welcome; I'm still honing the post-processing skills, as exposure with all the Ice (landscape shots in particular) was a little difficult, doubly so because much of the best stuff was shot off of moving rubber Zodiacs - not ideal for landscape photography, but we make do...

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Jan 26, 2012 15:02 |  #3

wow, these are all excellent. thanks for the tour. post more if you've got them




  
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Jan 29, 2012 09:04 |  #4

Thanks for sharing. I'm heading to El Calafate and Torres del Paine in 2 weeks for backpacking!


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Jan 29, 2012 09:58 |  #5

Must have been a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing.


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Feb 01, 2012 09:32 |  #6

wonderful, breathtaking. please post more if you have. thank you for posting.


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Feb 01, 2012 13:43 |  #7

Awesome! Can't wait to see more.


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Feb 02, 2012 05:19 |  #8

Thanks guys! You can click through to Fickr for more if you want :)


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