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This is the Paine Massif with Lago Pehoé in the foreground. It is in the Torres del Paine National Park and is one of the must-see places in Patagonia. It is actually not part of the Andes chain and was formed independently 12million years ago when magma forced its way through a crack in Magellan’s Basin. Over time, sedimentary rock was pushed upwards.
My next post will be of the Torres themselves, so if you want to pick them out here they are towards the right, peeping out from behind the foreground mountain.
I have other versions which include some of the foreground, but in the end I decided I preferred the symmetry with the foreground excluded.
I'm not 100% certain the map reference is correct but I don't think it is too far off.
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well....what can I say? This is a beauty! Flawless exposure and composition. I'll just sit back and stare in awe!
Looking at it.....looking at it again and again......pfffffffffff
Digusting, that's what it is. I know it's sunday, cursing is not aloud, but this is F**** good..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great to show me this, really great, because i booked all my trips for this year :-(
Seriously, this is really good, top notch landscape work. No PS tricks, pure honest real landscape work in one of the best landscapes the world has to offer. It stand high on my list, VERY high and when seeing this with this kind of weather......you were lucky, VERY lucky and indeed you can be proud on this one......for these kind of shots we go out shooting and walk all the way, and when coming home with this you realize that it was all worth it.
One of the best shots i saw here lately, that's for sure. the biggest compliment i can give you that i wish this was mine.....it's VERY beautiful..!!!
Lucky you ;-)
Mommmmmmmmmmmmmm.....i want to go there too...STAMP STAMP.!!! ;-)
Current discussion:feather wrote in 2011/03/06 04:49:02: Wow Henk! coming from you that is one HELL of a compliment. AND yes it's pretty much as it came out of the camera apart from some curves tweaks and a small crop.
I'm already starting to forget some of the negative stuff I told you! ☺
Tămaki Jim (2011/03/06)
I love the symmetry, imagine earlier light and you would have one of the best shots from this place I imagine, I know tour groups are on limited time etc, but this is still an excellent shot and i would also have it in my collection.
Superb and look forward to more
I have seen some pictures of the Paine, a friend went there last year, but I havn't seen one like this! A 100 % perfect image. Tje waters of the lake are like a mirror and if you had omitted to sign it I would have had no idea which side was up. My sincerest congratulations and my deepest respect.
Have a nice sunday
One of my sons has been there - but in pouring rain. Yes, you were blessed that day. You really have had a wonderful weather and this photo simply is a feast for the eyes - and for soul. This nearly is more a dream than a landscape. Your chosen point of view shows it in all its splendour - and this natural mirror really doubles it. A perfect photo indeed, a photo to be proud of. Hats off!
Greetings from a bit springlike Germany - and have a nice week!
What a splendour! A real joy for the eyes. You had a great luck to have that calm moment and the reflections are amazing. No need to say more than this is a perfect landscape photo. My compliments!
this is astonishing. The landscape is incredibly beautiful and you have lived up to all that. The reflection is perfect and light is really pleasant. Great one!
All the best,
This would be second picture from Torres del Paine I am commenting on...the other is from Way in TE
I have so far not seen any shot which is remotely as this one...the symmetry is awesome & the whole range of mountains without a speck of clouds & the mirror lake is awesome. Maybe the light was a touch of harsh, as you get in the high reaches pretty early...but who cares? You're blessed indeed to have seen this scene with your own eyes!
Super shot. A perfect mirror reflection. Could you ask for anything more? Wow and hand holding at 1/50th well done indeed.
I don't know what I can say... but I think you'll understand what I'm thinking: I take this picture for my favourites.
Thanks for sharing,
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful again. I love the feel that the multiplicity of color planes, I love the multitude of mountain shapes, I love the feel of the same multiplicity of images. The magic mirror effect of water made it impossible to recognize where it is reality, and where her reflection.
Greetings from Mosina,
Made my day to see this image .. one of those places I really long to go and never tire seeing images from .. not only is it clear ... but the morning light almost feels gentle - striking with the peaks .. wondrous image. Luck favors the prepared .. this is stunning. Wonderful to see this and hear from you.
Ooooh, yes, lucky for sure, but you seized the opportunity and got this stunner, so it's not just pure luck! Not much that I can say that has not already been said. It's simply awesome! Perfect symmetry was definitely the way to go here. Nothing else would produce this stunning effect.
I love it!! And I really think that it's time that we can see when someone has made it a favorite. I bet you'd have at least a dozen by now! It's in my fave list for sure!!
Big hugs! Looking forward to more goodies....
Have a great new week! XOXO
P.S. Kris is doing great. Thank God for modern medicine!
Current discussion:feather wrote in 2011/03/06 14:55:54: I was so pleased to read he'd been discharged from hospital...I've been following on FB. I know just what a tough time you've been through. Onwards and upwards eh!?
Thanks for making this a favourite.
There were already too much cursing going on, so I won't add to it, It is after all Sunday and I want to keep a good camma for my next trip so I have as good weather as this. I thought I was lucky to have seen what I have seen, but this is much better and it makes me jealous, I don't think I want to see anymore of you shots from here, it's just going to tear me inside out. ;}
...I'm glade to see this from a different light, and this is truely a blessing, the weather and you being there to capture it, otherwise I would never believe this could happen.
Current discussion:feather wrote in 2011/03/07 08:25:07: I remember before we went saying I would let you know if it was colder than where I live on the NE coast of England. As we had a 'heatwave' while we were there, it would be an unfair comparison. Some days it was 10°C hotter than average for the time of year. I did find out that Ushuaia has almost exactly the same latitude °S as we have °N,(54.48°) but we have the Gulf Stream which keeps us warmer. The other places we visited were further north and therefore with warmer averages. El Calafate average 18°C; we had 28°C. Our average temperature in the equivalent month (August) would be around 22°C but often warmer.
I think you were luckier with evening and morning shots. We stayed in hotels and never seemed to be in the right places at the right times, added to which we had long tough walks which finished at beautiful views, but the wrong times of day.
This one with this reflection does ask in my perception for that symmetric view, nothing there which is not reflected, everything double in nearly the same quality and clarity. Great!
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
I knew you'd come back with some gorgeous shots but this is just... awesome!
Of course you were lucky and/or blessed to have such good weather at that instant, but I bet there are many people who wouldn't come up with such a great shot in the same circumstances. I think you were right to show us this shot without any foreground - with a perfect mirror image like this, it just has to be this way. I could even see this rotated by 90° for an abstract shot - kind of like a Rorschach test.
Oh, and welcome back, by the way. ;o)
Well, I expected something like this from you! You seem to have a special gift to find the best reflections! (Any special connection with the Lord above? (:-) But yes, I really can understand your elated feeling at capturing such a marvel, something which would have me jumping with joy!
And of course you took the chance wonderfully to produce a perfect composition which does justice to this famous massif. what else to say? Let me admire it silently! (:-)
This is stunning! A center composition that WORKS. There is not much I can say about this image. I looked at the WS and Claudia take was interesting as well. Well done and welcome back.
Excellent, what can I say... interesting that the reflections are not darkened as usual but even a bit brighter than the "real" mountains
if I started to write a comment on this photo, I would quickly run out of superlatives, so I'll just keep it brief - not only were you lucky, but you also knew what to do with your luck, the photo captures very well the grandeur of the place. crystal clear and sharp, and, as Henk says, honest with no PS tricks. love the symmetry, for me it somehow emphasises how.. "noble" is the word that comes to mind, the place is. great shot. and yes, I'm green with envy. again.
have a great weekend,
I could hardly wait to get back to this magical creation!! Even without know the usual weather, the unique shapes of the peaks, the contrast of the warm tones of the foreground land and the icy blues of the peaks and water, the streaks of cloud and the perfect, pin-sharp reflection make it difficult to tear my eyes away from the beauty. Those curves in the center peak have a symmetry and beauty that I've never seen before.
Then when you add the usual weather...we always say that Larry is the magic parker because he can always find great parking in the most difficult situations. Now I have to say, you must be the magic traveler.
I also appreciate reading your comments to Way about the weather
Current discussion:feather wrote in 2011/03/13 12:20:46: 'you must be the magic traveller. ☺
That made me laugh Pat. I have to say we have been lucky recently....NZ, California and now Patagonia. Somebody said 'Let me know where and when you are going next and I'll come with you'. I'm not going to take it for granted. I'll just hope our luck holds.
The colours, symmetry and reflections are all spot on!!
after seeing your portfolio you are blessed!, you've visited and seen places i couldn't even see them in my dreams haha.
as for the image, ok your quality is A+
love the clarity and the color treatment as long as the exposure.
can't really say much about the capture, i don't have to, it speaks for itself :)
very good work as always!
always a pleasure visiting
Current discussion:feather wrote in 2011/05/31 11:17:48: Thanks Stelios
I hadn't seen much when I was your age......your turn will come! ☺
We were extremely lucky...we had perfect weather when Patagonia is renowned for cold, rain and strong winds!
Felt like going back in your portfolio. and it was a good idea.
I look and had to force me away from it to write something.
Every one must have told you how this image is sublime, so I wil not repeat those words.
Yes, you were blessed, and hope you will be again, and all the photographers in the world, at least once in every lifetime, and hopefully, more then once.
Wish you well
Dear Kath, I also wished I had this shot in my camera, or had been there and enjoy this view!