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I have presented already here the view of Hosteria Pehoe, which was my accommodation while exploring the Torres del Paine National Park. The hotel is located on a tiny island on the lake. This photograph here presents another view of the famous Cuernos del Paine mountain range from same island, this time without any traces of civilization. I was at this particular location with my camera for one sunset and two sunrises but the light was not that great, the main theme being covered in a deep shade. Later in the morning, as seen here, the light was in my opinion the most interesting.
I have struggled a lot to avoid burning out the bright snow on the mountains. It was only possible with the ND grad filter and without the polarization filter (the second one usually enhances contrasts). Sadly in the end the photos with the best exposition appeared to have a bit less interesting foreground. To show the colors as natural as possible this photo was not hdr-ed or processed in any other way. To read more about the origin of the green color please check the note under this photo.

This is my note for the photo presenting Hosteria Pehoe:
Our accommodation for the 3 nights which we have spent in Torres del Paine National Park was Hosteria Pehoe. The hotel is located on a tiny island in the middle of Lago Pehoe. To get to the island you have to cross a wooden, 100 m long, pedestrian bridge. Hosteria provides probably the best view of Cuernos del Paine (Horns of Paine) both from its rooms and from the restaurant. You can easily walk around this 5 hectare island finding also a more natural foreground for your compositions. It is so convenient to wake up for a sunrise or wait for a sunset, or watch the Southern Cross constellation at night (invisible for people in the Northern Hemisphere) having the best POV just one minute away from your bed. In this photo I wanted to show you the hosteria in the context of the view it provides. The color of the lake changes during the day, but in a full sunlight it is light green. Hosteria Pehoe is also a great base to explore the rest of the National Park as it is located in the middle of the park. All the roads in this area are called ripio, meaning they are not paved, so you don’t want to drive too much, especially that the closest gas station is far away and you really have to save the fuel for the way back. The closest station on the Argentinean side is in Esperanza, 160 km away from Torres del Paine. Having accommodation and good restaurant with such a view has unfortunately its price. We have paid for a night there 3 times more than for a good hotel in Buenos Aires. The restaurant was very expensive too as there was practically no competition in that area.

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