Cerro Torre, 3128m, not only has a truly unique shape but also, as some people say, it is the most difficult peak to climb in the whole world. In the movie by Werner Herzog Scream of Stone (1991) two professional climbers make a bet who will get to the top first. One competitor, the most experienced mountain climber in the world, who has already conquered all worlds 8000m peaks shows a lot of respect to this incredibly dangerous mountain, another competitor is a young skilful sport climber. Who wins the bet? I will leave this question unanswered.
Lonely planet guidebook to Argentina, says:
If you have a good weather - ie little wind - and clear skies, make this hike a priority, since the toothy Cerro Torre is the most difficult local peak to see on normal blustery days.
So it seems that I was incredibly lucky, having cloudless sky in El Chalten, small town in Southern Argentinian Patagonia, which they sometimes call a trekking capital of Argentina. Arriving by car from El Calafate, you can see from the road two very characteristic peaks: Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy. The second one is about 500m higher and probably more famous and more frequently photographed. I have considered two hikes from El Chalten. The first one, Laguna de los Tres, allows to have a closer look at Cerro Fitz Roy. It is more strenuous and takes about 4 hours one way. The second hike, Laguna Torre, is easier and shorter, 3 hours one way. We were already exhausted after a hike in Torres del Paine therefore we picked the second shorter hike. It appeared to be a very pleasant walk with great views along the way and with the main reward being this wonderful view which you see in this photo. The sharp peak far in the center is Cerro Torre.
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fds (8748) 2010-12-23 6:31
very beautiful scenary with great white mountain
dta (70313) 2010-12-23 6:37
Hello Mariusz ,
You were so lucky to get a perfect blue sky , to admire one of the most fascinating mountains in the world (I suppose) . A great low POV , that is your trade mark :) . Just a pitty you've cropped the liitle peak in the right .
Thanks for the share
bema (26363) 2010-12-23 6:37
a fascinating pov to show us this truely impressive landscape and mountains.. according to your informative note this a sbuject for TE!
have a nice day, see you, Bernd
Sonata11 (33526) 2010-12-23 6:40
kolejne piekne ujecie of Cerro Torre,kolor wody troche taki mleczny, sliczne kolory, ostrosc, super imponujaca kompozycja na widok tych ostrych gor.
Perfekt fortka. Poboba mi sie bardzo.
SWEETFREEDOM (23236) 2010-12-23 6:45
stunning weather condition.Excellent p.o.v. and light.
faletiz (10759) 2010-12-23 6:45
I greatly appreciate this series of photos of Argentina. A beautiful POV and a beautiful composition with beautiful reflections and fantastic colours. Thanks for having shown this beautiful place.
HimalAnda (10133) 2010-12-23 7:27
You were lucky to have such a nice weather: I was told that Patagonia often have an awful weather.
I like this low point of view. It allows you to have a good foreground give gives some depth to the picture. The mountain on the right is cropped.
adramad (39770) 2010-12-23 7:36
A stunning composition and great beauty, the perspective of the image is splendid, leading the eye toward the high snowy peaks of the fund. Wonderful to see nature in its purest form, thanks to you we can delight at home.
As always an amazing job in terms of brightness, color and sharpness.
Take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas.
P / D.
Thank you very much for your nice comments to my previous work.
sacavem (18614) 2010-12-23 8:05
Very nice landscape shot.Good DOF.I like a lot the impressive view of the river and the mountain, superb.
I use BETA-TrekEarth
asajernigan (21382) 2010-12-23 9:00
This is a great shot of this mountain lake taken from a nice low POV. The low POV gives the rocks in the foreground prominence in the scene. The reflection on the lake adds depth and balance for the scene. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness. The deep blue sky proivdes a nice backdrop for the scene.
Waylim (25368) 2010-12-23 9:57
You are certainly lucky here, it is the most difficult to see because of the icefield behind it creates lot of clouds. The weather is incredibly clear for you here, The clear day like this only happen very few days in a year. I was not expect to see this it that day, it was raining on our way there, but the clouds clear in the front so we saw it with a cloudy background, but at least I saw it, but not as good as here, I don't think many people have. Congratulations again.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-12-23 13:24
This wild and mountainous makes you want to go exploring. Superb image of Argentina. Light, sharpness and depth are excellent. Bravo.
Good evening and Merry Christmas!
ciakgiak (30423) 2010-12-23 13:45
un'altre composizione favolosa, l'ennesima dimostrazione di come con gli elementi a disposizione riesci a comporre immagini favolose, grazie in questo caso, anche ad un POV basso molto efficace. Un caro abbraccio.
yeln (11516) 2010-12-24 0:16
izjemen pogled na jezero in gore!! bravo!
nekaj fotografij sem naredil tudi s sigma 10-20 in moram priznati, da so zelo OK.
dear M. merry christmas, vojko
danos (89609) 2010-12-24 0:27
nice panoramic view of Cerro Torre,with the eye to embrace the pebble foreground, as lead-in the the snowy Mt. on the backdrop.Lovely the colour management as the contrast of it with the clarity and the sharpness to make the image superb.
Merry Xmas and a happy New Year,Danos
npecanhuk (69108) 2010-12-24 6:14
Very beautiful picture!
Highlights are the chosen pov and the colors!
Sharpness, exposure, horizontal format, pp, contrasts and composition are all excellent too!
Looks like your trip was superbly enjoyable, wasn't it?!
TFS - congrats,
kingurek (724) 2010-12-24 6:56
Świetny kadr. Bardzo ładne stonowane kolory - szczególnie ładnie wyszła ta "mleczna" woda i kolorowe kamyczki :) Przyjemna dla oka ostrość. Bardzo mi się podoba.
s_lush (16134) 2010-12-26 23:53
I think that your travel to South America was a real success in terms of seeing interesting places and taking great pictures. This one shows highly attractive landscape in very aesthetic manner. Excellent composition, as usual beautiful foreground and highest quality!
jhm (142780) 2010-12-28 4:29
Exactly a very quiet place, splendid for a good stroll around the river..
You show us one of these splendid place.
Excellent perspective through your splendid choice of angle.
Nice captured and good composed.
Very well done, TFS.
josepmarin (57841) 2010-12-29 5:42
must be a privilege to be so near this mythical mountain, a great challenge for the climbers of the whole world.
A good framing for to place us in this wonderful landscape, I like your low POV that gives a deep and dynamic perspective to the lake, leading our look towards the mountains in background, where the Cerro Torre is outlined because of its beauty and its slenderness, by means of a very sharp and clear image.
A great work, my friend.
Happy New Year!!
TopGeo (38206) 2010-12-29 5:47
Fantastic job, Mariusz!
Cerro Torre, 3128m, I'm happy that I saw in your distribution! A poor choice and miaprooptiki kaiari composition in impress me I think the wonderful view of the mountain from there is impressive thanks! I congratulate
I wish, you and your family a wonderful, peaceful and happy New Year, with journey everywhere!
vasilpro (41091) 2010-12-29 11:50
Superb composition, wonderful landscape, lovely colors, excellent light management, beautiful view, very nice the low POV.
Happy and healthy New Year,
Fis2 (88735) 2010-12-29 12:46
Ladnie pokazane ot wszystko.
Charo (51210) 2010-12-29 13:45
Perspektywa słynnej góry od jeziora, jest wspaniały.
Krajobraz jest wspaniały doskonałe światło i głębokości bardzo dobry.
Moje najlepsze życzenia na Nowy Rok 2011!
AKITA (15125) 2010-12-29 22:07
a splendid view picture of very cool and clean valley,
fore colorful rocks and stones are like islands on the cold ocean,
and ices look like icebergs indeed,
maybe back real snowy steep rock mountains are making imaginative perspective of big scale, it is effective in this wide view to show us small objects as large ones,
and the light and colors are beautiful too,
thank you for your excellent shot,
kordinator (19838) 2010-12-30 1:08
Wonderful landscape composition with amazing mountain in the background.
Fantastic rocks and water in the foreground.
Perfect light managment,superb colors.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Happy New Year 2011.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-12-30 1:36
Piekny krajobraz, wspaniale miejsce, cudowna pogoda, swietne swiatlo, znakomita koloystyka.
Bardzo dobry POV, ekspozycja wrecz idealna, wspanialy kontrast i powalajacy efekt glebi ostrosci.
Longroute (19396) 2010-12-30 6:42
your travelogue continues with one wonderful picture after another! This place offers extraordinary views over those mythical mountains and you have composed the image masterfully with this fine lake in foreground. Great DOF and blue sky, what do you want more? your photographic skills have found a deserving subject to be exercised!
Happy New Year!
mauro61 (52631) 2010-12-30 6:51
splendido POV dal lago alle montagne di fondo con una prospettiva dalla bellezza unica.
Un buon fine anno a te e famiglia,
jurek1951 (42194) 2010-12-30 8:04
piekna perspektywa,ladnie sie prezetuja te osniezone szczyty,super ostrosc,Do Siego Roku,
raszid62 (18585) 2010-12-30 9:50
Pięknie położone góskie jezioro. Są na nim nawe góry lodowe, co prawda w wersji mini. Ta woda jednakowoż trochę mętna. doskonale skomponowany obraz o wspaniałej jakości.
Pozdrawiam i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku
rodgerg (55767) 2010-12-30 10:15
An another very impressive natural place... and an another excellent image with a POV well selcetd which give a great prospect effect. Excellent managment of light too which give beautiful reflections and white color of the snow well exposed.
emka (83992) 2010-12-30 11:47
cześć Mariusz, Ale piekne zdjecie... Te kawalki lodu, odbicia w wodzie, no i Cerro Torre w głebi. Wcale nie wygląda na górę tak trudną do zdobycia. To pewnie przez te nieprzyjazna pogodę. Ale Wam udało się znakomicie, niebo bez jednej chmureczki. Szkoda, ze tam nie byłam..
macjake (59902) 2010-12-30 13:02
i'm starting to notice a theme here! splendid photography, amazing scenery. i can only imagine how it felt in person to be at this spot, breathtaking to say the least.
the low pov makes the scene feel as if its dragged out along the bottom, into the depth way into the back of the photo, great visual effect.
due to the smart composition, the eyes are naturally drawn to the middle are of the frame
happy new year to you aswell
jafadabret (56501) 2010-12-31 6:47
J'aime la beauté de ce paysage sauvage de montagne avec l'eau du premier plan et ce glacier qui vient mourir aprčs sa descente des sommets.
Bonne et heureuse année 2011 !
delpeoples (54425) 2011-01-02 3:14
Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope you got to visit them in Poland over the Christmas holiday. Fantastic scenery here, and the quality of this photo is superb. It is absolutely flawless, I can't think of anything that I would change. Beautiful soft colours, wonderful sharpness and expert composition. Congratulations, every photo just gets better and better.
A big hug for the New Year
timecapturer (49288) 2011-01-02 9:04
Happy New Year Mariusz
a truly beautifully composed and executed shot, wonderful POV and DOF, clean crisp and sharp. Superb!
Angshu (56436) 2011-01-03 7:43
A fine shot with the full potential of the wide angle lens. The Cerro Torre has certainly an unique shape, & leaves me to wonder how mountaineers climb the top part...almost like rock climbing. Fine view with the mountain slopes on either side convering onto Cerro Torre
Wish you & your dear ones the very best for 2011
jemaflor (88059) 2011-01-03 12:52
Beauiful mountains landscape taken with a good light, well seen with this pov and the large fg to give depth at your photo.
Graal (99446) 2011-01-07 0:01
fajne spojrzenie na te osniezone szczyty gor. Podziwiam, ze chcialo Ci sie taszczyc statyw na tak dalekie, dzikie miejsca. Jednak patrzac na jakosc zdjecia - warto bylo.
ilDottore (5252) 2011-01-11 15:31
Cerro Torre... a więc to tutaj... Jejku, ile bym dał, by się znaleźć w takim miejscu... Dobra kompozycja i wysoka jakość. Krajobraz powala.
Juntas (7960) 2011-01-12 2:21
Hi Mariusz. This is an excellent framing and point of view. The peek was very well placed between the mountains. Colors are very nice and details on the foreground stones are wonderful. Amazing place, wonderful picture. Well done.
Have a nice day.
Bournazel (0) 2011-01-16 10:11
Fantastic view of a mytical mountain, you had the chance to have a clear sky !!
Good choice of the large angle
Thanks a lot , it's one of my dream to see it ...
Robert1969 (7160) 2013-04-10 0:57
The wide angle and the excellent point of view
creates a lots of depth. The line of the stones
emphasize that extra. Also excellent is the
light management: stones on the forground are
not overlighted and the snow on the background
is white: great belance.
Royaldevon (32543) 2013-10-15 7:25
This was a real adventure!
You have shared an absolutely stunning view which includes an interesting, textured f/g, edged by a deep valley, to guide to the snow-capped, mountainous b/g. The light shimmering on the water is gorgeous.
My warm regards,
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (31937)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-10
- 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
- Travelogue: Patagonia 2010
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-23 6:28
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