…y el reflejo del Cerro Torre.
Patagonian symbol the Fitz Roy has a reputation of being “ultimate”, despite its average height (although being the highest peak in the Los Glaciares park, it is less than half the size of the Himalayan giants), because the sheer granite faces present long stretches of arduous technical climbing. In addition, the weather in the area is exceptionally inclement and treacherous. It also attracts many photographers thanks to its otherworldly shape. The area, while still fairly inaccessible, was even more isolated until the recent development of El Chaltén village and El Calafate international airport. The mountain climb, however, remains extremely difficult and is the preserve of very experienced climbers. Today, when a hundred people may reach the summit of Mount Everest in a single day, Monte Fitz Roy might only be successfully ascended once during the span of a year.
Daily Photo - A Rocky Morning
One morning when I crawled out of my tent in Argentina, a dense cloud was just rolling through. I got out to explore a bit, and the cloud quickly blew away to reveal an amazing landscape.
I had planned just to take a few shots and then go back to the camp and make some breakfast. But then, I saw something interesting just around the other side of the rocks. And then, I got over there and saw something else that might be interesting. And it was. And then I saw something even further away…
Bonus Stuff For You
I have several sections of the website with miscellaneous stuff that has built up over the years. I give out recommendations all the time on books, music, apps, etc etc. Some of this stuff needs an update, but some stuff is pretty fresh!
Best TED Talks - I just added a great one by Stephen Wolfram… I studied Computer Science and Math in college… so I like that guy
Trey’s Book List - A list of some really cool books that I recommend!
Twitter Lists - Looking for interesting people to follow? See these!
Photography Gadgets - Some cool gadgets I use, including the wonderful Green Cube that everyone loves!
From Trey Ratcliff at www.stuckincustoms.com
As is the case with every day here, I have also included a photo. This is of the indomitable Fitz Roy at sunrise buried deep in the Andes, in the hinterland between Argentina and Chile. To get this shot, it was none too easy! First, I “woke” up after a sleepless night in a two-man tent with Yuri. It was perhaps the worst night of my life and I’ve never had a panic attack before, but I honestly felt like I was pretty close. The smell combined with the pitch black, the snoring, the freezing cold, and the tiny tent was almost more than I could bear!
I woke up around 4:30 AM with -7 Celsius temperatures. It was bitter cold. I got dressed QUICKLY in the pitch black cold and then headed off with two of my Russian friends to begin scaling the mountain. They had lights on their hats; I did not. I walked between them, trying not to slip on the icy “trail” between the dodging shadows cast by their headlights. I’ll never forget it for the rest of my life. We ascended 1,500 feet in less than 45 minutes so we could catch the pink rays of sunrise just as they hit the peaks.
Last, I have been interviewed about photography and more on the Pro Photo Show. It’s a free podcast that you can listen to if you want to know more about the process or just hear me ramble on about stuff you may or may not find interesting!
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I saw the craziest and most unbelievable things in Patagonia. It was like nature rewrote its own rules to build this place. I’d like to make a reference to the ill-fated Genesis project in Star Trek II, the Wrath of Kahn, but I won’t.
I came across this shockingly clear and mysterious green lake. The water magnified the pure green algae that covered every strange underwater formation. There were also fish swimming around inside, but I kept the ISO so low on these shots, the fish got blurred out. I do have some higher ISO shots of the fish I will add at a later date. They were these little blue-colored fish. I think they were trout, but I’m not totally sure. Anyway, I felt lucky to be here in the Autumn, just after a small rainstorm, making all the trees nice and moist with a glistening glow. Below that, I have posted a shot taken by my friend Dima. It is of yours truly with Yuri. He is looking particularly sour in this photo.
Today I am on a radio show with Rodney Washington as the host about photography, HDR, etc etc. You can listen to it on the widget on the blog at 2 PM CST ( link here ). You can even call in! If you miss the show, it will be available for download (or podcast) after it is recorded.
In the meantime… if you are listenin’ to the show and lookin’ for somethin’ to click. Let’s vote up the site to see if we can get up to #1 in the 2009 Photoblog Awards! You’ll have to register on there so your vote is legit, but that is fast… Thanks in advance!
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al fondo (izq.) el Fitz Roy/Chaltén. Más aquí, los picos Mermoz y Guillaumet pero no podría jurarlo. Podría ser el cerro Eléctrico…esto fue yendo hacia Lago del Desierto. Si alguien me ayuda a identificar los picos, yo, agradecido.