I am back from my vacations in Southern America. I have taken many pictures which I will shortly share with you. The first one is maybe not the most attractive but it came with a great effort.
Torres del Paine National Park has shortly speaking at least two fantastic mountain ranges: Torres del Paine and Cuernos del Paine. Cuernos may be the most beautiful. They can be admired from numerous viewpoints at the park roads. To get a really good view of the Torres you have to undertake a hike. The view which you can see here was taken from Mirador las Torres. To reach this point you start from Hosteria Las Torres, passing after about 2 hours the Refugio Chileno, and after further hour Campamento Torres. From there you start a pretty strenuous and relatively steep although safe hike for about an hour to reach the mirador. Altogether it is 4.5 hours one way. When we reached Refugio Chileno we were already tired and it started to rain plus the mountain in the distance got covered with dense clouds. We had practically no hope for the weather improvement and any visibility there. After a while of discussions we decided to take a risk and go ahead. Knowing the trail ahead of us we would probably head back. We reached the mirador completely exhausted. The view was jaw dropping. I have acquired several shots although I was in hurry to get back to the Hosteria before it gets dark. It was one of the hikes when you can be sure it will cost a lot of effort but the reward is not sure. Yet it was worth to try.
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jurek1951 (40949) 2010-11-20 13:34
piekna perspektywa,super kadr i kolorystyka,piekne miejsce ladnie pokazane,pozdrawiam
gabrielpat (7163) 2010-11-20 13:41
A great atmosphere in this shot.A huge place.very good use of the wide angle.
dta (64142) 2010-11-20 13:43
Hello MAriusz ,
Welcome back to TE ! Not attractive this shot ; I'm not really sure . Impressive , for sure ! The low PV , with the brown tonalities and the clouds create a quite dramatic and opressive atmosphere . But this is a so beautiful wild mountain landscape , with remarkable rugged peaks .
Zuzana_Stefkova (997) 2010-11-20 13:45
Mirador las Torres was one of the most beautiful sceneries that I have seen (2 years ago). I am just wondering where you have placed your tripod to get this perfect point of view. There were quite steep rocks towards the water :) I admit also it is really difficult to get better weather conditions on this place as the weather changes so quickly. From this perspective I think you succeeded to capture this scenery perfectly.
lousat (74107) 2010-11-20 14:25
HI Mariusz,what a fantastic trip you made! I think i will see a lot of wonderfull pics...this is an example from an incredible place and taken and worked whit all your class that i like a lot.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO.
ivtchik (836) 2010-11-20 14:27
this place is really impressive. I think the contrast of your photo is really "flat", and because of that, you loss the dramatic side of that place.
I have posted a workshop...
mauro61 (52623) 2010-11-20 15:18
una delle tue immagini piů belle in cui unisci una grande tecnica alla meravigliosa bellezza del posto,
un caro saluto
emka (75335) 2010-11-20 16:00
Witaj po podróży. Ale fantastyczny widok! Cztery i pół godziny w jedną stronę - to raczej nie dla mnie , a juz dla mojego starego z pewnościa nie. Tak więc nie byłam w Mirador de las Torres i wieże widziałam z dalszej odległości, tez były wspaniałe. Dobrze, ze z tyłu widac trochę niebieskiego nieba i te ładne chmurki. Ciekawe kolory. Wysiłek, ale z pewnościa warto było.
worldcitizen (6663) 2010-11-20 16:04
This landscape certainly is beautiful, and it seemed to be worth all the effort to reach it. From your POV it seems as if we can wade right into the water and be in the middle of this wonderful scenery. On my monitor it does seem a bit dark, but maybe it's just me. :-)
zoomer (6) 2010-11-20 17:24
Spectacular and impressive picture.If that is not the most attractive one as you say,I must take your word for it.Regards Wolf.
macjake (54240) 2010-11-20 18:29
Glad to see you back!!
You went to Chile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thats in my top 3 list of countries to visit!
Did you go to Easter Island...that too is on the top of my list....i'm SO jealous :)
and anxiously waiting to see what you have for us.
this photo has your signature on it...has that 'zoned in' type of perspective, like tunnel vision..alot of your shots look like that.
everything comes to a point in the middle, b/c of the great depth.
lovely background...i'm sure the hike was well worth the effort, its all about creating memories!
Have a great day
Sonata11 (33203) 2010-11-20 20:56
to byla wyprawa starsznie wyczerpujaca , ale za wszelka cene warta. Widok przepiekny, kolory, ostrosc, kompozycja tej fotki jest fantastyczna. Cudowne zdjecie. Mam nadzieje ze bedzie takich zdjec wiecej, poniewaz z przyjemnoscia bedzie mozna podzwiac nie odrywajac wzroku.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam i milej niedzieli,
leo61 (0) 2010-11-20 23:19
A great shot of this fantastic place,I`m planing to visit in winter 2011/12.
Good low POV and an excellent composition.
ManuMay (34411) 2010-11-21 1:44
For sure one of most impressives places in the world...
And you have refelcted very well!!
Amazing sense of space and dimmensions, very good colours under a fantastic sky...I wish to be there...well, at least we have your photos!! Thanks!!
Have a nice day...
SWEETFREEDOM (22032) 2010-11-21 1:54
welcome back! i hope to see a lot of pictures of this places that i know very little about.
i like the mountain view and the low p.o.v. you have chosen. the wide angle lens has been a good choice.
jhm (136868) 2010-11-21 2:49
This is a very extraordinarily picture, you chose a very nice angle, this gives a nice panorama sight on the lake and the mountains in background. .
Clarity and sharpness are very lovely for look at.
Excellent captured and composed.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice sunday,
janusz2054 (2) 2010-11-21 3:42
Piekne miejsce dla ktorego warto poswiecic wiele trudu aby tam dotrzec.Wspanialy widok na na charakterystyczne skaliste wieze parku Torres del Paine.
josepmarin (57639) 2010-11-21 4:38
They say that the Towers of the Paine are the most beautiful mountains of the world.
And certainly that there is something indeed in it, on having seen this photo.
The place is impressive and has a great wild, geological and natural beauty, which you catch skilfully in this framing including the lake in FG.
I like the result, is a very striking image.
yeln (11504) 2010-11-21 5:12
e nekaj časa smo te pogreali in sedaj vidim, da bomo v kratkem zopet lahko videli tvoje mojstrovine.
lepo delo my friend!! TFS!
lep dan, vojko
faletiz (10759) 2010-11-21 5:30
Wow, Mariusz, how wonderful! POV stupendous and image of great effect. Splendid natural colors and beautiful sky.
delpeoples (52871) 2010-11-21 5:35
Hello dear Mariusz, welcome back, you;ve been missed! What a stupendous photo to celebrate your return. Excellent low POV, sharpness and colour palette. The clouds in the BG look amazing. I'm so happy you got to see the Southern Cross, maybe next time you can see it in Oz and NZ. I look forward to seeing more from your trip, have a good day, Lisa
artesia (959) 2010-11-21 5:41
What a lovely well composed Torres del Paine. I was there 3 years ago and pretty much got the same weather :-P
Love the idea of foreground, explained where the torres del paine is standing.
Did you go only to Chile.. I've been traveling in South America in the last almost 4 months, Ecuador now
Great shot... and great reminder of a great Patagonia, perhaps my top three highlight of this world!!
lgir (6845) 2010-11-21 6:25
very nice POV of a great depth on these impressive rocks.
But I think your composition lacks a bit of color contrasts.
Thanks for sharing
Longroute (19394) 2010-11-21 6:38
Oh! you have come back!
I was going to quit TE because without Mariusz photos TE is not interesting any more! (:-)
I really thought you had quitted it... a lot a good photographers have gone lately... seriously this site is going down...
How can you say that this photo is not attractive?
It's true that the light conditions were not the best, but this scenery is so special and fine that even without the brilliancy of the colours the image is very fine. Of course I can imagine seeing it in reality... I read your interesting story and I can understand you perfectly having done a lot of long and tiring hikes in the Alps...
But this photo shows once again all your mastery in composing a perfect landscape photo.
I envy you for being there, it's one of my favourite destinations...
Fis2 (83342) 2010-11-21 9:58
Ale Cie wywialo...
Bardzo ciekawe miejsce ladnie pokazane.
chawax (18902) 2010-11-21 11:48
Wow, not the most attractive one ? I am impatient to see the next ones lol A fantastic landscape, those pykes in the background are really impressive ! The rocks in the foreground add a nice depth to the photo. I love too the mineral atmosphere thanks to the rocky shores of the lake.
AKITA (15125) 2010-11-21 19:00
the wide radiative composition shows us wonder and beautiful perspective of amazing nature scene,
this wild texture and colors of rock valley is splendid between fore mysterious green water and back strange blue&white sky,
very cool and unusual atmosphere is superb,
thank you for your excellent shot,
raszid62 (18583) 2010-11-21 19:21
Fantastyczne ujęcie, jezioro w dolinie otoczone niesamowitymi skałami wyglada jak z mrocznej baśni.
Doskonała kompozycja i kolory, podoba mi się bardzo.
Graal (96056) 2010-11-21 23:57
no to wiem juz dlaczego Cie dlugo nie bylo. Pozazdroscic taakiej wyprawy, do Chile. Fantastyczne miejsce, niezwykle twory natury. Dobre ujecie i jakosc zdjecia. Podoba mi sie.
ifege (10223) 2010-11-22 1:13
Superb Mariusz!!! Great photo of an incredible place. One of your best.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-11-22 1:58
Wonderful place.... and wonderful shot. Very impressive too. The POV is very well selcetd nad the FG, with the details well colected, give depht to the image with the prospect open to the moutanins. superb harmony in the colors too.
Have a nice week,
Pablo25 (3184) 2010-11-22 2:41
no witaj wreszcie po wielkiej podrozy. Wlasnie sie zastanawialem gdzie byles jak cie nie bylo przez prawie miesiac! A tu prosze bardzo Ameryka poludniowa, no ladnie, ladnie:) Samo zdjecie to nie wiem co tu pisac, po prostu czad! Jakosc prawie jak z pelnej klatki, ale to chyba troche zasluga nowej puszki jak wiedze:) a brat kupil 500D gdzie dokladajac niewiele mogl wybrac 550D no ale coz! Jednym slowem swietne ujecie bardzo dobrze dopracowane i pokazane. Szczerze to chcialbym tam byc i fotografowac takie widoczki:) i czekam na wiecej tak dobrych zdjec z twojej wyprawy.
jafadabret (56501) 2010-11-22 2:44
L'espace est trčs bien rendu avec une bonne profondeur de champ et un excellent premier plan.
Juntas (7958) 2010-11-22 3:34
Hi Mariusz. Hope you had a great time. Wonderful view with fine details on the foreground and fine soft colors. Wonderful perspective of what it seems an amazing place. Well done.
Have a nice day.
Waylim (25174) 2010-11-22 9:58
Welcome home, I hope your journey is a wonderful one, and judging from this shot it looks like it is a really good one. consider most people who were here didn't get to see the Paine Grande, including myself. I was here on the worse day of my trip, it was snowing at some point and cloudy, we waited in the cold wind for an hour but the clouds never clear, so we left and it was clear the next day. This is a very good shot, and as you said, this is not even the best yet, can't wait for the rest. Congrats.
It would be a shame to made it all the way there and not do this hike, even though at the end you may or may not see the view, but you just have to do it. For you it is a good result.
Silvio1953 (118527) 2010-11-22 11:48
Ciao Mariusz, fantastic mountain landscape, beautiful light, wonderful natural colors and splendid exposure, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
ciakgiak (30407) 2010-11-22 13:22
grande ritorno alle immagini spettacolari che ti distinguono.
POV eccellenti, grande profonditŕ e qualitŕ, perfetto PP e colori stupefacenti.
Il paesaggio che ci mostri č un'autentico incanto, complimenti.
Un caro saluto.
s_lush (16134) 2010-11-22 23:59
It is evident that this trip was a real success. The scene in your photo is simply fantastic. It contains so many extremely beautiful and impressive elements. Great composition and great quality. Absolutely brilliant job!
baclama (17467) 2010-11-23 0:21
voila une destination qui me fait rever depuis tres tres longtemps....et ce splendide paysage avec un POV si dynamique ne fait faire grandir mon envie...
je vais suivre les photos suivantes avec un grand interet egalement
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-11-23 1:56
Czesc Mariusz! Krajobraz wrecz kosmiczny. Piekne miejsce. Patetyczna rzezba natury. Swietne swiatlo i cudowna wrecz kolorystyka. Klaniam sie!
barrufeto_77 (28884) 2010-11-23 10:39
Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! For sure, an impressive POV!
adramad (36425) 2010-11-23 15:15
What a wonderful place and such a magnificent picture, very good POV from this viewpoint with the lake in the foreground and the impressive peaks in the background.
After reading your interesting note, give more value to this great image, because the effort must have been tremendous, thanks for letting us enjoy the view from the comfort of home.
I like the subdued light and color as so natural and pleasant. Well done.
And wish to continue enjoying your beautiful photos of South America.
Have a nice day. Best regards.
P / D. Thank you very much for your comment on my report from Paris.
npecanhuk (62718) 2010-11-24 3:50
I haven't been to this place yet!
I certainly want to go some day!
I like this picture very much! It has a sort of menacing feeling to it, because of those peaks in the bg and also the way the sky looked at that moment!
Very interesting and attractive!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Angshu (55039) 2010-11-26 7:40
This place looks out of the world! True, the light which you got was not the best, but the scene & composition more than makes up for it! Superb use of the wide lens & the 3 razor like peaks in the BG are the main attraction! Thanks for taking the effort to climb to this location & sharing with us this beauty!
jemaflor (82268) 2010-11-26 8:16
great effect of depth with this perspectives taken from this pov, whith this form of landscape and the wide angle, well managed. Great mountains landscape.
PaulVDV (21245) 2010-11-26 12:05
I like the low POV near the water surface with the big rocks just in front of us.
From this point the sharp peaks of the Torres del Paine rise up very steep with a small piece of blue sky
I understand the hike must have costed a big effort but it also was a wonderful journey.
Best regards, Paul
bartekp (4746) 2010-11-27 15:23
Bardzo ładny kadr, szkoda że taki widok utonął trochę w szarościach ale światło było za wspaniałymi skałami.
Czekam niecierpliwie na dalsze fotki z podróży.
hispic (9619) 2010-11-29 18:48
You have been to Torres del Paine, it's so wonderful!
The subdued tone makes me feel a spring time there, the perspective to lead the eye to the icon is very nice. it's a bit of a pity for such an amazing place that the light was dull.
it could be interesting to make the water and the sky extreme smooth tone by using a long exposure with ND filter.
Torres del Paine National Park is the place where i want to go most, but the cost of tour is more expensive than Africa journey for ten months.
andywo (4723) 2010-12-05 7:59
Niezwykle miejsca odwiedzasz, szczyty Torres del Paine zawsze robia na mnie duze wrazenie swoja niedostepnoscia i surowym pieknem. Bardzo interesujacy widok z jeziorem na pierwszym planie, swietny szeroki kadr.
Pozdrawiam z mroznej Polski.
Cafalex (924) 2010-12-06 7:18
It seems you've hadan incredible trip in SA. Although it lacks light, your image is still very powerfull than to the very sharp details.
danyy (0) 2010-12-07 23:05
Cet endroit est vraiment magnifique Mariusz,
il vaut 1000 fois cette photo d'une granda qualite sur le plan de la mise au point et de l'exposition.
Seul petit 'hic' qui se voit, la surface de l'eau penche vers la gauche.
My best regards.
kordinator (14901) 2011-01-06 9:19
A great atmosphere in this composition.
In my country today is a great holiday and now it says: Christ is born.
ilDottore (5252) 2011-01-17 12:02
Rzadko mi się zdarza, ale muszę... O, W MORRRRRRDĘ!
Prawie jak na Morskim Oku! :)
Majestat tego miejsca po prostu powala.
Gość z workshopem też ładnie pojechał, chyba faktycznie na jego modłę jest jeszcze bardziej efektownie...
Tak czy owak - miejsce absolutnie niesamowite i świetnie sfotografowane, bo poruszać suwaczkami w PS to już jest łatwo... Tylko MATERIAŁ trzeba mieć.
krysia (4216) 2011-01-18 9:58
Niesamowite miejsce i cudowna fotografia.
Było warto zaryzykować i ponieść trudy wspinaczki by zobaczyć to cudo.
Dziękuję również za interesującą, niewyciętą z wikipedii (biję się w piersi) notkę.
kiks (11749) 2011-03-03 7:58
Incredible landschape. So mighty and peacful. Great choice of composition including the stones at the fg what brings more depth.
zanskar (280) 2011-05-05 2:35
Hello Mariusz !
i'm fascinated by this picture ! I didn't go there because of bad weather when i visited Perito Moreno but it's a pity when i see this show ! Your picture gives an impressive sensation of desolation and austerity. Fantastic !
Have a nice day,
kennyblack (4207) 2013-01-30 10:35
Great image of a wild caught by a perfect POV. The perfect balance management and you countered with beautiful colors and details.
I like the arrangement of the rocks that seem to invite us to look into the background. Mariusz great job and thanks for sharing.
The best greetings, have a nice evening ... Marino
speedymanu (3575) 2013-08-01 2:36
My o my, what a panorama, it is truly sensational. The depth is immense and your composition litteraly drags the viewer into the image. Congratulations.
ikeharel (54397) 2014-05-28 8:54
Good evening Mariusz,
Inspite of mild light condition, managed a beautiful effect with the rocks and water mingling tones, and diagonally contourlines of the slopes, "falling" to water.
Intriguing landscape, well taken perspective.
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (29808)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-08
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Patagonia 2010
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-20 13:29
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