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Southern Latitudes – Patagonia Photography Tour

September 27th, 2017 – October 9th, 2017

Patagonia, located in the Southern Andes mountain range, along the border of Argentina and Chile, is a photographer's dream trip. As the only land mass locate at 50 degrees latitude South, Patagonia is constantly hit by storm fronts that help bury the region in some of the most epic non-polar icecaps in the world. Due to the on-going weather and the formidable terrain, Patagonia can be a challenge for photographers. But for those with the fortitude and some reasonable gear planning, the images can be without equal.

Our experience tells us the best place to start any Patagonia workshop is by flying into Buenos Aires, Argentina. From this international arrival point, you will want to take a domestic flight from Bueonos Aries to El Calafate, Argentina. El Calafate is a bustling tourist town that boasts a number of arriving flights in the late afternoon, from Buenos Aires. El Calafate is an excellent stop for taking a quick rest on your journey to the start of our workshop in Patagonia. A scenic destination, a little site seeing, shopping and all around chill time is available in the city. Generally speaking, international flights arrive in the morning in Buenos Aires, so it is fairly easy to transfer to the domestic airport and make the journey to El Calafate on the same day a traveler arrives.

Our workshop focuses on two geographical areas within Patagonia:

  • Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
  • Torres del Paine National Park, Chili

Each area offers photographers unique and dramatic scenery and we will make sure that we thoroughly explore each region while there.

Los Glaciares National Park, extends northward from El Calafate towards the summits of Mount Fitz and Cerro Torre, but of which are situated close by the town of El Chalten. El Chalten has steadily grown as a base for exploring the region, its natural features and the mountain peaks that lie within reach. Our stay in this area will involved some hiking as the ideal pictures, of each of the peaks and their surrounds are about six (6) miles from town. There are many options for shooting the peaks and their surrounding reflecting lakes and the best way to achieve each of these locations is on foot. Both long lens and wide angle fields of view work well here, be prepared for both.

Torres del Paine National Park offers both a gentler experience and what we consider a bit of an unwind from the effort and schedule that shooting at Los Glaciares requires. We can loosen up the boots laces for this portion of the workshop and a number of our vistas don't require much of a hike at all. We do have one hike during this segment of the workshop, that is of course elective, that ranges out at about seven (7) miles to get to some spectacular scenery of a closeup shot of the Torres range. The one challenge to Torres del Paine is that the ideal lodging location is about one hour from the park, so our drive times do increase some while here, but again that is offset by significant reduced hiking times.

From a applied point of view, we divide our workshop into two categories:

  • Field Shooting

    We spent significant amount of time out in the field, capturing the wonders that we see around us. Our guides are there to show you to the best locations and then to maximize your shooting experiences while you are there. We are ready and more than willing to discuss a variety of exposure techniques, such as long exposure imaging, HDR captures and focus stacking, all to help you get the best shots possible of each scene

  • Processing Seminars

    When we are not shooting and we have some down time during each day, we will be spending this time working on workflow, processing and editing seminars, all targeted at getting your raw images from the starting point, to some of the best images of your life.

We certainly hope you will join us for our in-depth exploration of the natural wonders of Patagonia, we have put together an outstanding program for our participants. We are committed to sending each participant home with fantastic memories, outstanding images and new friends. Hope to see you there!

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  • Patagonia Workshop
    2017-09-28 - 2017-10-08
    00:00 - 23:55
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In a sparsely populated area, shared between Argentina and Chile, you will find the region known as Patagonia. The region, comprising sections of the Andes mountains, surrounding deserts, steppes and grasslands, is bi-coastal with its Western flank facing the Pacific Ocean and its Eastern flank facing the Atlantic Ocean. The name Patagonia comes from the word patagón used by Magellan in 1520 to describe the native people that his expedition thought to be giants. It is now believed that the people he called the Patagons were Tehuelches, who tended to be taller than Europeans of the time.

Argentinian Patagonia is mostly a region of steppelike plains, rising successively in thirteen (13) abrupt terraces roughly 330 feet in elevation each, and covered with an enormous bed of shingle almost bare of vegetation. In the hollows of the plains are ponds or lakes of fresh and brackish water. Towards the Andes, the shingle gives place to porphyry, granite, and basalt lavas, animal life becomes more abundant and vegetation more luxuriant. It is characteristic of the flora of the western coast, and consist principally of southern beech and conifers. The high rainfall against the western Andes (Wet Andes) and the low sea surface temperatures offshore give rise to cold and humid air masses, contributing to the ice-fields and glaciers, the largest ice-fields in the Southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica.

Overall climate is cool and dry. The east coast is warmer than the west, especially in summer, as a branch of the southern equatorial current reaches its shores, whereas the west coast is washed by a cold current. However, winters are colder on the inland plateaus east of the slopes and further down the coast on the south east end of the Patagonian region. For example, at Puerto Montt, on the inlet behind Chiloé Island, the mean annual temperature is 11 °C (52 °F) and the average extremes are 25.5 and −1.5 °C (77.9 and 29.3 °F), whereas at Bahía Blanca near the Atlantic coast and just outside the northern confines of Patagonia the annual temperature is 15 °C (59 °F) and the range much greater, as temperatures above 35 °C and below −5 °C are recorded every year. At Punta Arenas, in the extreme south, the mean temperature is 6 °C (43 °F) and the average extremes are 24.5 and −2 °C (76.1 and 28.4 °F). The prevailing winds are westerly, and the westward slope has a much heavier precipitation than the eastern in a rainshadow effect; the western islands close to Torres del Paine receive an annual precipitation of 4,000 to 7,000 mm, whilst the eastern hills are less than 800 mm and the plains may be as low as 200 mm annual precipitation.

Sheep farming introduced in the late 19th century has been a principal economic activity. After reaching its heights during the First World War, the decline in world wool prices affected sheep farming in Argentina. Nowadays about half of Argentina's 15 million sheep are in Patagonia, a percentage that is growing as sheep farming disappears in the Pampa (to the North). Chubut (mainly Merino) is the top wool producer with Santa Cruz (Corriedale and some Merino) second. Sheep farming revived in 2002 with the devaluation of the peso and firmer global demand for wool (led by China and the EU). Still there is little investment in new abattoirs (mainly in Comodoro Rivadavia, Trelew and Rio Gallegos), and often there are phytosanitary restrictions to the export of sheep meat. Extensive valleys in the Cordilleran range have provided sufficient grazing lands, and the low humidity and weather of the southern region make raising Merino and Corriedale sheep common.