A wagon wheels overlooking the patagonian steppes and the Brazo Rico.
This picture was taken on the road that was taking me to the Perito Moreno glacier. I left quite early that morning, the mini-bus of ?Chalten Travel? picked me up around seven in the morning at the ?Hostel Calafate?. This ?Chalten Travel? excursion was more attractive than the others offered by other travel agencies in El Calafate. This one seems to be a bit more off track. Instead of taking the tourist in luxury buses directly the parking of Perito Moreno?s belvedere, the excursion took me and the rest the group of people traveling with me on less confortable side road but that was offering much more possibilities to admire the magnificents landscape we were traveling through. Off course, the trip was longer than for the classical excursions, so we had to leave earlier and this has some advantages; Get to the wooden catwalk of the belverdere overlooking the glacier before it is packed with other tourists, allow us to stop more often to take pictures and above all, to profit of the morning light. Another advantage was that were accompanied by a guide from the Glacier?s National Park that allowed us to access areas that were only accessible to group of people with guide. He was from the region and knew the place quite well. In the bus and at every stops, he would give us lots very interesting information in Spanish and English.
In the background of the picture, one can distinguish the Brazo Rico, an arm of the Lago Argentino (the largest Argentine lake). The water level of the Rico arm is independent from the rest of the lake level and can raise quite a few meters from its normal level (in 1949 the water reached the fence that one can distinguish in the center of the picture). What happen is the ices from the Perito Moreno reduce totally blocked the channel, connecting Brazo Rico to the lake, by getting closer to the Magellan?s Peninsula (you can see the Cerro Mitre on the right side of the picture which is part of the Penisula) the water from lake can?t flow normally and the level of the Rico?s arm raise. But sometime, the pressure of water can break this natural dam in a huge explosion of ice freeing at once the water into Lago Argentino sometime creating a small tidal wave and floods. This phenomenon was observe for the last time and documented for first time in 1988.
For this picture, I?ve used a Fujichrome Sensia RA film. The picture was scanned from the film. I?ve lightly sharpen with NeatImage and made tonal adjustment with Photoshop. I?ve also enhanced the colours saturation that were attenuated by the scanner.
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RobBrown (1797) 2003-09-01 17:14
one amazing picture reminds one of a poster for a western movie. has great rich colours, and so much story for such a simple picture;0))
abesch (311) 2003-09-01 17:15
What rich colors! I enjoy your composition, and as usual, your generous and insightful comment.
Curioso (9271) 2003-09-01 17:15
Whaoh ! The most stunning picture I've ever seen on TrekEarth so far ! You really make us discover a unique place of the world !!!
The colors are amazing. Saturated but it allows us to see the whole range of colors of Nature.
I have an extraordinary felling of perspective thanks to the wheel. Its presence with the colors together really makes this picture unreal !
Congratulations Romain !
rziya (542) 2003-09-01 18:24
Very nice photo however I think there are too many things in the background... I thin the wheel is occupies much more space just to give perspective, so it is the main subject for me. And the mountains, lake, clousds, grass are too much for addition/background.
PLD_images (7149) 2003-09-01 19:12
This is an incredible shot. There are so many colors and they all came out so well. I also think that the composition is perfect. The shadows on the montains also add to the general feeling of this pic. Great comment to.
Just an amazing photo. Bravo...
marioDS (0) 2003-09-01 19:18
Fantastico ! As cores são incriveis ! Adoro !
ninadev (5377) 2003-09-01 20:51
Stunning colors and what a scenery, wow! It does look like a painting.
masterrye (575) 2003-09-01 21:36
Great combination of colors! Composition and framing is perfect!
technogran (1339) 2003-09-01 23:38
This composition is really great. I like the position of the wagon wheel and the depth of the scene going right back to those mountains and the moody looking sky. The colours are warm and it would make a super print in a very large format.
Axel (132) 2003-09-01 23:58
Composition et couleurs fantastique! Bravo!
kckuddes (276) 2003-09-02 0:25
Excellenet composition. The lighting really makes the picture jump out at you.
nmess (2301) 2003-09-02 21:51
I think you've hit on a winning composition here. The colors are very good and focus clear, but what I think makes this work is the wagon wheel. Nice job!
freddys27 (172) 2003-09-03 2:36
Wow. Awesome colors and composition. I really appreciate the detailed write up. All together this shot is one of the best on this site. Thanks for doing such a good job bringing together the spirit of TE.
joseelias (0) 2003-09-05 18:54
What can I say? It's really a great picture. One of the best!
The details, the colours, the DOF everything works here.
Please take a look at my workshop.
PiotrS (443) 2003-09-06 7:18
Romain, this is really beautiful, you have captured the colours extremely well, and the composition with the wheel is superb and well balanced.
I think I can talk with authority about the colours, because I have taken a photograph in the very same place as you (although my version is far inferior, I was just beginning then!). I was also on my way to Perito Moreno from El Calafate...
Here is my version:
CoolDan (2516) 2003-09-06 7:43
Superbe photo, Romain. Les couleurs sont tout simplement superbes.
dannyc7 (358) 2003-09-06 14:35
Une photo tres reussie, Romain, j'aime les couleurs et le cadrage.Tres Patagonique...(
Porteplume (3432) 2003-10-01 10:31
It looks like a painting. Composition, light, framing and colours are perfect! What could I add after the other 18 people?
Parlant "Fromages"... Celà m'aura au moins donné l'occasion de découvrir votre travail et surtout cette image sublime!
agarcia (393) 2003-10-01 13:08
Adding some new comment to this eye-caching picture will be plainly useless. I will give you instead a big smile, and thanks you for including the technical details of the shot!
arleyramos (175) 2003-10-15 7:52
I love this kind of photo. The moutain and the wheels is so perfect combined. GREAT SHOT!!!
Mary (844) 2003-11-20 7:54
This is really great! I like the composition, the colours, the sharpen! Great photo!
Coyote (457) 2003-11-24 21:51
What a wonderful shot- everything seems to work, color, composition is outstanding- it just all seems right. It would be really good without the wheel, but that enhances it even more. Great shot.
edji (1368) 2004-03-11 15:20
Very nice composition with that big wheel in foreground. The color are very nice. Especially the yellow and orange tone in the grass. Well done.
Tim (469) 2004-05-11 12:56
Awesome photo!It reminds me of the "old west" of the USA. Glad that I happened on to find it. Thanks for sharing Romain and God's best to you, Tim
gioy (425) 2004-06-24 3:28
It's like a western film's scene!
Very good POV! Compliments.
michel_r (1118) 2004-10-26 16:57
Vraiment superbe avec les différents plans étagés. Très jolie composition avec une atmosphère ..différente
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-04-15 7:53
Bonjour, une photo excellent. J'aime bien le sujet de la roue, cest vraiment A+ Je le mets dans mes favorites.
michalu (810) 2005-06-06 1:00
Lonley weel.Greate compositiom and collors.
Andre-H (1271) 2006-03-30 6:37
A wonderful landscape shot, by any standard. Great colours, vast and remote distances, very atmospheric, and also rustic, thanks to the inclusion of the wheel. Good one!
ovidium (469) 2006-03-30 6:57
Oh! Love the colours!
dutchorion (131) 2006-03-30 7:02
Great picture, the colours are stunning, and the image portrays a feeling that is very tranquile. Great shot!
fredon (5052) 2006-04-17 4:24
Amazing landscape and framing!
goodwill (4226) 2006-05-07 12:07
It reminds as If a great battle is over and the inhabitants are moving towards civilization.
patriik (1935) 2006-05-26 10:53
awesom shot and wonderful place!
I love this compo, saturation and colours!
nicoz (1979) 2006-07-14 5:10
Assez differente de la gay pride cette photo... La composition et le paysage sont superbes. Dommage que le scanner ait un peu bouffer de la qualite...
La Patagonie a l'air d'etre absolument magnifique...
sined (4523) 2006-07-15 4:24
tres belle et forte image
tant pour le regard que pour la symolique ..
flatwin (2181) 2006-11-11 4:41
belle composition avec la toue ne premier plan
- de belles couleurs
muriel (69) 2007-03-22 7:13
muy linda foto.
zelo (209) 2008-02-26 0:04
Compozition and colours very nice..The deept of the land good.
Well done romain..
ruisc_pt (10892) 2008-04-06 14:49
Scanned from a film image it's really a good job ... congrats Romain.
- Copyright: Romain Donadio (green) (1014)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-02-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 50E, Tokina ATX 28-70 2.8, Fuji Sensia 100, Hoya Polarizer
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): TE Trieste exhibition: “Viaggiando Immaginando” [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-09-01 17:03
- Favorites: 21 [view]