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Tandil is one of those towns in the province of Buenos Aires (some 350 km southwest of the capital) that emerged around the agricultural business in the 1800s. Also, Tandil has some small hills, which are part of the very few elevations in the flat Pampas.

I find it a nice place for a long weekend; staying in a small cottage in a pleasant country surrounding, in autumn or spring, with some trails to walk is a good option if you live in Buenos Aires and do not want to stay in the city. The town is also known in Argentina, because of its cheeses.

Well, some months ago, on a fresh autumn morning I decided to do some walking on one of the hill’s trails. I had been raining and the sky starting to clear, but I walked a few kilometers without crossing with anyone, except for lots of birds and a few ‘guanacos’ (very similar to ‘llamas’, and also a cousin of ‘camels’) that are kept in a reserve nearby. I hope to post something on these in the future.

I had a 300mm tele on the camera, since I had been interested in the birds and the guanacos… then I noticed the different clouds and the very pale sky, and started thinking of changing lenses to take some landscapes… just then a donkey appeared in front of me… so I only had to point and click!

After the photo, I completed my trail, and that donkey was the only living thing that crossed my way in almost 4 hours walking.

Raw Capture at ISO 400 – f4.0 – 1/4000s @ 300 mm.
Post processing: only raw conversion (DPP) to Jpg, and then cropping, contrast (curves), USM and save for the web.

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