║ South America was a blast!
05 May 2016
South America was a blast
I have just returned from my South American adventure with Kevin Raber of Luminous Landscape and photography legend Art Wolfe and we were blessed with some of the best light conditions I have ever experienced on both tours. I am sure that if you are into photography, you have heard of both Kevin and Art...
Kevin is the CEO of Luminous Landscape, which is arguably the best online photography magazine in the world and has awesome video tutorials and articles that can help you take your photography journey to the next level. I would recommend you take a look at the website here.
Art Wolfe is a photography icon and a reference for many in nature photography. He has been shooting for more than 40 years and published 100 books and you if don’t have any of them, I would recommend buying his latest book (Migrations) and one of my favourites: “Earth is my witness”.
It was great to have both Kevin and Art on the tours. They gave some great inspirational talks and critique sessions to all participants and we will be repeating some tours together in the future, staring with Scandinavia in February next year.
In Patagonia we did the “classic” itinerary that covers the main highlights of Chile and Argentina. Although we could not photograph any pumas (again!), we had incredible light and amazing lenticular clouds in Torres del Paine National Park (Chile). We also had excellent weather during our trek in Parque Nacional los Glaciares (Argentina) where all participants managed to finish the circuit and had a great camping experience.
Of course the Perito Moreno Glacier did not disappoint and everyone witnessed the power of nature when a huge piece of ice calved from its 75 meters’ vertical walls as we were leaving the park.
Patagonia has always blown my mind, it is an incredible place but in autumn, Patagonia is just out of this world. Autumn certainly is the best time of the year to photograph this area and its incredible mountains and glaciers and I will be carrying out the same tour with Australian Panoramic Photographer icon Ken Duncan next year. This will be my sixth trip to Patagonia and sadly, perhaps the last one as I would like to organise some other tours in other countries / areas of South America.
Following our tour in Patagonia, we continued our adventure in the Atacama desert in Chile and then through the Altiplano in Bolivia.
The sunset over the Valley of the Moon during our first day in San Pedro was quite unique with some lenticular clouds forming over the mountains and great colour in the sky. We did a few other tours around San Pedro, including the Tatio geysers and from San Pedro, we started our adventure into the Altiplano (Bolivia).
Altitude sickness was never an issue for the group and we had an incredible time photographing the colourful lagoons, volcanoes, geysers and flamingos at 4500-5000m over the sea level. This was an adventure like no other, the light was incredible and the air was so clear that visibility was excellent for as far as you could see – a great location to photograph the stars!
We arrived at El Salar the Uyuni and photographed the hexagons both at sunset and sunrise. El Salar is one of the most beautiful places I have ever witnessed and I will be very happy to run this tour again with Ken Duncan next year.