It was cloudy when we left El Calafate in Argentina to Torres del Paine in Chile. By the time we cross the border, it started to rain, we stopped a couple of different outlook but couldn’t see much, and it was late in the day, got to the camp site at Pehoe lake and settled down for the night.
In the middle of dinner, the sky cleared up, the Cordillera del Paine presented itself, we got up and ran out to take a few pictures. We were not the only one who left the dinner tables. It seems everybody was also waiting for this moment for sometimes. After dinner, it was still very nice but a bit too dark for a good picture without a tripod.
Torres del Paine National Park is a Chilean National Park encompassing a mountains, glacier, lake, and river-rich area in southern Chile. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km north of Puerto Natales and 312 km north of Punta Arenas. Bernardo O'Higgins National Park is its neighbour to the west, while Los Glaciares National Park is located to the north in Argentine territory.
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dkeus31 (27735) 2009-12-16 11:17
superb mountain scenery, maybe too much foreground, a square format would hat fit also
stevesaba (8135) 2009-12-16 11:18
Another lovely and classic shot of this area. Nicely composed, and the vertical frame works great on this one. Nice focused foreground with lots of DOf. Great work, congratulations! Kind regards,
siam2005 (1566) 2009-12-16 12:09
Superb photo. Fine composition with excellent colours.
Hunkar (7130) 2009-12-16 12:12
Beautiful panorama of snowy summits,
cd70 (0) 2009-12-16 12:26
Magnifique paysage sauvage ! des couleurs naturelles, une clarté esthétique et surtout cette belle profondeur dans l'image. La teinte du ciel qui donne l'aspect turquoise dans le lac est splendide ! grande réussite, bien vu !
Jeppo (17645) 2009-12-16 12:37
i think the scene was the interruption worth. and I also think the dinner tasted much better after this shot
Sistercosmo (242) 2009-12-16 13:52
nice moody shot - definitely worth interrupting dinner for! The clouds really add to the feeling, as does the snow in the mountains.
Thanks and take good care,
maximage (15535) 2009-12-16 14:41
Composition exceptionnelle d'un paysage grandiose!
C'est super beau. Félicitations et merci pour le partage.
emka (86391) 2009-12-16 15:25
Fantastic view of Cuernos del Paine. Beautiful composition with the grasses in fg. And this beautiful colour of the lake Pehoe. I suppose we stayed at the place that can be seen in the center behind the tree. Was it not to cold to spend the night in the camp? Lovely shot, it reminds me my trip to Patagonia.
holmertz (45179) 2009-12-17 2:25
Eeven if the food got cold, it was worth it. The thick yellow and green grass contrasts nicely to the uninviting but beautiful rocks across the lake. It's a fantastic scenery, a place to dream of and a bliss to have experienced.
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-12-17 3:25
Amazing landscape. Good composition. Very fine colors.
Greetings from Warszawa!
manudautriche (4348) 2009-12-17 3:56
Ce paysage digne des grands espaces est superbe avec des couleurs douces très belles,on aimerait y etre.Ciao.
incognitox (39) 2009-12-17 5:03
Wonderful scene and really beautiful light! Great landscape.
Philippe (11836) 2009-12-17 5:14
Hi, Way. A place I would like to see, but God knows whether I will ever get there. Good choice of the vertical format here with three distinct thirds: the grass in the foreground, the water in the middle and the mountains in the background. I like the soft light on the summits and the clouds that seem to vanish to leave the view open.
Have a nice day,
leo61 (0) 2009-12-17 9:42
I hope I can visit Patagonia one day.....
The flights from Europe are soooo epensive.
A well composed photo with this nice grass in the foreground and the view at these famous mountains in the distance.
InasiaJones (31562) 2009-12-17 9:46
Thumbs up for these graceful colours, so subtle and unique in their own way.
I think that Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand and Iceland put together can't rival with these beyond belief mountains... Each images I have seen of them always leave me breathless. Yours make no exception, and the fluffy clouds fooling around bring another level of interest with the warm light knocking them sideway.
I have to go along with Didier by mentioning that the foreground takes too much place in your composition, in proportion with the real attention getter that should be the mountains. The trees are also blocking the view and don't bring much by their brash presence, almost like barbed wires for the eyes.
But I'm sure you'll have stronger ones in your collection. You're a talented photographer.
carper (96) 2009-12-17 10:02
very beautiful way,
a marvelous place, I can imagine that you dinner is interrupted when you see this place, fantastic quality job here, I like it a lot, have a nice day.
brano14 (2847) 2009-12-17 12:55
Great composition,nice contract between foreground and snowy peaks in background. Very nice ,clear colors and an elegant frame.
Longroute (19396) 2009-12-18 9:25
what an odd shaped mountains!
Another masterful composition full of grace.
Here colours and atmosphere are very different than the previous ones. It's more delicate and soft. The whole scenario is of course very beautiful and I particulrly like the contrast between the intense green of the grass in fg with the pinkish tones of the distant mountains. Love those soft clouds too!
sacimar (26205) 2009-12-18 11:42
it was worth to interrupt your dinner to take a picture like this, beautiful place, I like the mountains and clouds in the background, excellent perspective, good job!
Have a great weekend!
magalik (6103) 2009-12-18 15:27
In your note, you evoke humans presence but by looking at your shot, I only feel silence and wonderful silence.
Colors are beautiful, very harmonious.
Your shots make me want to go to Pantagonia. It's really this kind of landscapes I love.
Tomorrow, I leave Bordeaux to go in my origin area for holidays, without internet so I would like to wish you a merry Christmas !
Take care Way.
delpeoples (55090) 2009-12-18 17:44
Dear Way, I love food, as no doubt you do too, but this beautiful panorama is the only thing in the world that would interrupt it. So thank you for doing so! The depth is superb, the colours, sharpness and framing. And of course the light, which creates this photo is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing and for forgoing your dinner. Hugs, Lisa
jhm (144204) 2009-12-19 0:42
Nicely composed, and the vertical frame works great on this one.
The mountains in background are the real eye catcher.
Wonderful compostion and perfect captured. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
zanzi (13670) 2009-12-19 7:04
The background is beautiful. I am less convinced by the grass in the foreground. Anyway a beautiful shot.
Bravo and happy holidays
feather (51130) 2009-12-19 12:25
I read with great interest Andrés critique and subsequent discussion, as my first thought also was that there was too much grass. However scrolling down to crop some grass just doesn't work. It's difficult if not impossible to offer compositional advice when you're not there and cannot see what the restrictions are. I know you like the grass but would it have been possible to zoom in a bit and lose some grass that way? Alternatively landscape format would naturally lose some grass but possibly include things each side you didn't want.
All that aside the mountains look majestic and well worth missing your dinner. The colours are glorious with a hint at imminent sunset.
paololg (31448) 2009-12-19 14:10
Ciao dear Way,
correct to interrupt the dinner to capture this show of the nature. These images stay forever in the soul. Amazing, compliment!
Ciao, have a nice Sunday!
maloutim (9639) 2009-12-20 0:26
It was really worth interrupting your dinner to get this beautiful photograph!
The place just looks like paradise, and the vertical composition of the image in different layers is great, starting with the dry grass, the trees, the lake, the nearest mounts, to end up with the magnificent snow-capped mountain!
I notice the snow isn't very thick though, and like many, I am worried about the climate change, especially after the failure of discussions in Copenhagen!
Sorry to finish on a pessimistic note!
Well, at least, most of your pictures show us what remains of our planet's beauty!
Let's hope they won't just be memories in the coming century!
mkamionka (32459) 2009-12-20 0:49
spectacular view over this park. I like very much this unusual landscape. Very well done. The colors seem very natural. Congratulations,
Angshu (56568) 2009-12-21 0:49
The mountain scene is superb, I especially like the shape of the peaks is very distinctive and that's why they stand out well. I guess Cordillera del Paine would stand out from other famous peaks around the world. The clouds also reflect that it was nearing sundown.
While I have seen from your landscape pictures in this album that you, like many other great landscape photographers, tend to keep a good amount of Fg in their shots. Does it work here or does the FG take too much out of the ‘wow factor’ of the mountains? I saw your thread with Andre and am still debating with myself....but at the end I do feel that the grass is a little bit too much….perhaps it would not have been so much of an 'issue' had all the grass been green, rather than the 'ripened' colours of light brown, which drags our attention more, and away from the peaks, at least momentarily. Just my thoughts, hope you won’t mind. Its a fine shot, no doubt about it, and far beyond my existing photographic qualities, but its also a great learning process of seeing the picture and reading the notes between two very fine and respected landscape photographers!
pablominto (53746) 2009-12-21 3:09
Amazing summits in the background, still covered in snow from the receding winter!
Excellent details and a well balanced colour palette...
Too much foreground? Well that's a matter of taste, personally I'd rather cut some in the sky and leave the foreground as it is..!
Kielia (24073) 2009-12-21 9:54
this is a very spectacular landscape and you have really found an excellent POV that gives us an outstanding idea of this place so full of interesting elements like the meadow in FG. The soft light is enhancing the beauty of the nature and creating a very nice atmosphere of tranquility. I also love the colors. A great capture!
isabela_sor (47744) 2009-12-21 10:32
The construction on levels in a vertical format was a great idea
Not only the view itself is gorgeous, but also I admire the artistic point of view
All the best
Dyerco (10185) 2009-12-21 21:18
I think it was worth the interuption. Nicely exposed showing a soft evening light.
shevchenko (18892) 2009-12-22 19:05
Just lucky suddently the sky cleared up and the peaks are visionable, the surrounding environment is still enough bright although already time of dinner, lovely colorful scenery, it is an idea location for having dinner, thanks for sharing.
anesugur (18789) 2009-12-23 12:32
Very nice scenery.
Excellent colors, light and depth.
Good work.Best regards. Uğur
npecanhuk (69964) 2009-12-30 3:24
It looks like you were very lucky on your trip down to Chile! Isn't that place wonderful! I haven't been to where you were, here in this picture, but to other fantastic places in that Country!
Your image is inviting me to go there as soon as I can for so magnificent it is!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors and composition are all excellent! One of the best taken there and posted here at TE!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards and wishes for a very HAPPY 2010 to you, your family and friends!
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2009-12-30 5:30
nice scenery. The snow peaked mountains in background is nice to see with the cloudy effect. Great lake in middle and the green land and trees completes the composition very well. A really nice place for camping. Very well captured. Tfs.
Have a nice time.
baba_flies (8829) 2009-12-30 7:31
Hello Way! This IS a photographer's life :))) Somtimes we have to be flexible and run for the best sky, the nicest clouds and what not. It can rain, it can snow or it is too hot for a "normal" person but in the end we get THIS, like you show it. Very beautiful indeed, the mountains are just something, really impressive. Well now, the year is coming to an end but there is so much to do in the new year, 2010 sounds like a happy number. It was quite something, all the input I got on my last upload, thank you so much!!! We all share the same feelings but I guess we also have to think of new people that want to share their photos and words with us. I guess we cannot always look back. Have you actually heard of photofolia.net by Peter B. (and others)? Still under construction but ... maybe a new chance one day. Anyway, I wish you a wonderful party, yes I know too much food but it will go over and we have time next year to bring it down again, these extra pounds ... Happy days ... Barbara.
s_lush (16134) 2010-01-02 1:48
The shapes of these summits are very unusual. Along with the snow, nice clouds, beautiful lake and greenish foreground this makes the picture looking excellently. Perfect composition, quality and interesting note. Great job!
jemaflor (89351) 2010-01-17 9:10
Nice landscape with these different colors, may be a presentation with a sqare format would be also intersting ...
plimrn (21344) 2010-02-22 13:29
You have an unerring sense for framing a photo; I would not have thought of trying such a wide grassy FG, but light on the golden grass is very effective against the impressive mountains and pink-tinged clouds.
Robert1969 (7160) 2011-04-16 10:09
The great balance of composition ( forground/grass, middle/water and background/mountains, with the sky) creates a lots of depth, butt also a lots of quietness(you can almost hear the birds).
Also the light is great/in a very good balance.....