Here a repost of my previous photo, a view across the Rio Paine of the Cerro Almirante Nieto and Los Torres Del Paine themselves. This time I am posting a horizontal composition instead of the earlier portrait orientation; I am interested to know which of the two you Trekearthers think is the more effective.
Here is what I wrote in my Blog at the time, about my failed attempt to cross the John Gardner pass a couple of days later. If anyone wants to read the whole story, then PM me and I'll send you the link:
"I carried on but the higher I went, the heavier became the snow and the stronger grew the wind. There was no trail to follow now; the route was marked by orange poles and paint marks on the rocks. At first this was simple enough, but as the snow grew heavier and deeper it was taking me longer and longer to spot the next pole that I should be heading for. It was tough to look ahead because the gusts of wind were driving stinging snow into my eyes; more and more often, I found myself having to wait two or three minutes for the wind to die down for a few seconds, then desperately scanning the area ahead for that vital orange pole. If I didn't find it before the wind gusted again, I'd have to wait another couple of minutes for the next chance. While I was on the move I was plenty warm enough, but felt myself getting cold during these enforced breaks while I tried to figure out the route. I contemplated putting some more layers on but that would have meant taking my raincoat off first and that was out of the question. Still the wind grew stronger, gale force, practically picking me up off my feet; I reached a point where after five, maybe ten minutes I still couldn't figure out where the trail led. Still getting colder, I began to worry that I might soon get too cold, and that my brain might start slowing down if hypothermia should start to set in. Being up on this mountain, in this weather, alone, had been getting rapidly less attractive a propostion since my lunch stop, but now it seemed positively dangerous. Another prolonged gust of wind nearly blew me off my feet. I looked back, the way I'd come: I could neither see my own tracks anymore, nor any orange poles or paint marks that might lead me back down. There was no longer any option other than to give up, turn back and try to find my way back down to the Los Perros campsite. I spotted the last orange pole I'd passed and headed towards it; as I made my way down I was amazed to discover that areas that had been bare rock on the way up an hour and a half previously were now almost knee-deep in snow."
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dkeus31 (27735) 2007-12-09 3:48
I prefer this framing compared to the original, the mountains are here the subject and the trees make a good foreground
hamperium (279) 2007-12-09 3:53
good composed shot with good dov by using the trees
good light and colours
vero07 (1781) 2007-12-09 7:39
This is a very nice landscape, with great colours, reflections and quality image. I like the detail of the inclussion of these trees in the foreground.
TFS and thanks for your useful information.
veve (4189) 2007-12-09 12:01
What a beautiful landscape!
Great depth of image,good sharpness and colors!
Matthew-Watt (5956) 2007-12-10 1:55
Hi Fiji Phil,
Wow, what a fantastic tactical image you have to present us with here! The changes in colour gradients across the sky are a brilliant feature in this photo of many wonderful elements. The dead branches are very artistic and the snow capped peaks are unbeatable. Good reflections and a pleasant ratio of water, land and sky.
jbwapiti (1188) 2007-12-10 16:26
Contraste, couleurs, reflet, cadrage.
Tout est beau dans cette photo.
pcp (3394) 2007-12-10 23:13
Beautiful composition and Lovely colors :) with great details, Well done.
ku-fotak-chtik (1142) 2007-12-11 12:40
Hi Phillip. This is amazing picture. Beautiful colours of sky and the view on the mountains is wonderful. I love this picture!!!
cdmonson (4806) 2008-01-11 20:59
I vote for the original. This one doesn't feel like there's a clear subject in the background, whereas with the other the Torres stand out quite prominently in the background. I also like with the other one how the background features are a little larger--makes the shot more beautiful. And of course there's a large dead space in the foreground of the repost. That said, they're both quite nice pictures of an incredible place. And you've convinced me--I won't attempt the John Gardner Pass when I go there! :) Sounds a bit like a certain scene out of Lord of the Rings--glad you got off the mountain all right.
donluicu (24724) 2008-01-28 7:32
this is an incredible image, that deserves much more than those 20 points!!
congrats for this fresh picture
tehanu_f (6896) 2008-02-02 7:08
You captured an amazing landscape with both fg and bg interests. The skeletal trees in the fg help give depth to the shot and the sky is on your side, with all those white clouds on bright blue. Very well done.
jackpkn (863) 2008-02-02 13:31
Both pictures are fine (horizontal & portrait). The way you used the old trees in both compositions was very nice. Never went to Patogonia in my trips to Chile (I'm more urban than adventurer), but it looks like a very beautiful place to stay, despite all the aparent dangerousness described.
Viera (948) 2008-02-04 7:17
I really like colours of this shot....its beutiful how the world in background slightly reflect on the water surface..
CatherineD (4864) 2008-02-11 11:21
I prefer this one. The colours and the POV are excellent. It must be more beautiful in big size, but the sharpness and details of this small size are still nice.
mpb001 (4602) 2008-03-29 10:42
Stunning shot. I like the foreground with the dead trees. That leads the viewer into the scene to the mountains beyond.
calexica (1247) 2008-04-02 0:22
Interesting shot of those trees. I like the saturated colors of the sky contrasting the mountains. A lovely composition with excellent colors and sharpness. Congratulations!!! TFS
fkokol (1636) 2008-04-20 7:49
amazing view! wonderful colours, light and sharpness. greetings,
lingvisten (79) 2008-06-15 5:37
Beautiful landscape. The trees make an excellent foreground, the light is great, and the sky is really nice. I like the way the mountains seem to disapear into the clouds. Thanks for posting
danarm (157) 2009-09-30 5:24
What beautiful light and composition! TFS!
- Copyright: Phillip Homer (fijiphil) (1355)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-07
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 17-70mm, 2.8-4.5 DC Macro, Polarizing Filter
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
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- Date Submitted: 2007-12-09 3:24
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