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Cuernos del Paine reflection over the glacial waters of lake Nordenskjöld... Or perhaps a vision of Eden's Gardens?

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Cuernos del Paine reflection over the glacial waters of lake Nordenskjöld... Or perhaps a vision of Eden's Gardens?

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36 Comments | Report
petertaylorphotography
 
petertaylorphotography September 10, 2015
lovely shot lets see some more
PaulDuanePhotography
 
PaulDuanePhotography September 10, 2015
magnificent
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 September 10, 2015
Magnificent shot. Love the composition and colors.
acseven
acseven September 10, 2015
Thank you very much, Debbie.
Kjell
 
Kjell October 13, 2015
This is truly gorgeous!
samikbhatt
 
samikbhatt November 25, 2015
This is absolute beauty..
anitaselvog
 
anitaselvog December 12, 2015
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!
acseven
acseven December 12, 2015
You're welcome, and thank you for commenting!
cmorisset Platinum
 
cmorisset December 16, 2015
Beautiful!
wanderlustsoulsphoto
 
wanderlustsoulsphoto December 22, 2015
beautiful
josebonilla
 
josebonilla December 29, 2015
Amazing place. Wonderful photo. Congrats.
acseven
acseven December 29, 2015
Thank you Jose!
duthied
 
duthied January 12, 2016
Breathtaking
TTB56 PRO+
 
TTB56 January 13, 2016
Really nice work. Congrats
photosue50 Premium
 
photosue50 January 17, 2016
Gorgeous!!!
Pettys
 
Pettys April 12, 2016
Fantastic..!!!! :-)
Witmar
 
Witmar June 19, 2016
beautiful picture
CLG_
 
CLG_ June 19, 2016
Congratulations! This is simply gorgeous!
jasbrat1
 
jasbrat1 June 20, 2016
GORGEOUS!
stephcourdin
 
stephcourdin August 22, 2016
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Adam_Pritchard75 PRO+
 
Adam_Pritchard75 August 23, 2016
Wow great shot!
sarahtaroza
 
sarahtaroza September 09, 2016
WOW!!!
sarahtaroza
 
sarahtaroza September 09, 2016
This one of the most beautiful and precisely composed landscape photo I've ever seen!
acseven
acseven September 09, 2016
Thank you for the kind comment, Sarah. There's plenty of nice landscapes photos out there! ;)
Beegirl
 
Beegirl October 18, 2016
Wonderful capture
Weller95
 
Weller95 December 19, 2016
This is an unreal shot that you have captured!!!
Bettty
 
Bettty January 29, 2017
Magical picture
ElaineCatlingPhotography
 
ElaineCatlingPhotography February 07, 2017
Superb landscape work my friend.
anthonymannion PRO+
 
anthonymannion February 10, 2017
love it
HaliSowle PRO
 
HaliSowle February 10, 2017
Gorgeous. Love the tonal range and the colors
toml721 Platinum
 
toml721 March 31, 2017
magnificent
faizanmehmood
 
faizanmehmood April 12, 2017
magnificent
Txilekoa
 
Txilekoa April 13, 2017
Excellent shot!
I recommend it to everyone!
By the way, their name is: Torres del Paine.
acseven
acseven April 14, 2017
Hi, thank you! This particular mountain range, while located within the Torres del Paine National Park, is known as the "Cuernos del Paine". You can see the actual "Torres del Paine" peaks on a more recent photo on my profile, shot at Laguna Amarga.
podesta
 
podesta May 19, 2017
Stunning
Winmildoc PRO
 
Winmildoc August 06, 2017
This is a beautiful shot but as to representing the Garden of Eden-- My idea of Eden is that it was lush and fruitful and warm. Perhaps because I live in the Tropics. Excellent Capture. Congrats.
AmyLynne517 PRO
 
AmyLynne517 September 21, 2017
This is spectacular!
edflorentinojr
 
edflorentinojr November 03, 2018
That is a beautiful Phot
rhonnamarita
 
rhonnamarita March 06, 2019
Beautiful
CidaliaR
 
CidaliaR September 06, 2020
So beautiful
jeffgauthier
 
jeffgauthier December 15, 2020
Wow!!!!!!!!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken at lake Nordenskjöld, Chilean Patagonia.
Time
This particular shot was taken near the end of an early morning trip - before dawn, in fact - to this particular location. We were camping near lake Pehoé, also in Torres del Paine National Park, and after snoozing in our tents for a few hours, we woke up at 4am and head out there. This one was shot just after 6am, so about one hour and a half after I started out that morning.
Lighting
About lighting conditions: for me the best thing with this particular image is that daybreak had already ended. Just minutes before we had seen red fiery skies over those mountains, beautiful as you expect to see in Patagonia. Even though there's none of that in this image, it's still very striking and that's why I find the lighting conditions so interesting. At the time of making this shot the light wasn't really very soft anymore, as you can see by the scattered clouds shadows' or the highlights in the plants in the foreground.
Equipment
Canon 5D Mark II with an EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens on an inverted tripod and a graduated ND filter to balance down the skies highlights.
Inspiration
Winds in Patagonia can be really unpredictable and at this time started to blow harder than we needed to get a nice reflection of the Cuernos del Paine mountain range on the lake. So just before the wind agitated the entire surface of the lake, I struggled to find a protected portion of still water, which is the one in the shot. I actually had to place my camera inverted on the tripod to get both an interesting foreground (small water plants) and the reflection in a relatively good proportion for the overall composition.
Editing
In regard to post-processing, there's nothing much, really: I used Lightroom for some minor tweaks, dust spot cleaning and a slight correction of tint on the clouds, due to the use of the ND filter had a somewhat magenta tone.
In my camera bag
It depends on how much hiking I have to do but it usually adds up to 10-12 kg plus the tripod. At the very least I'll take two camera bodies (at the time a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 60D) and two lenses (Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM), ND filters, flashlight, timer remote, cleaning materials, extra cards and batteries... I will also try to take a 24-70 f/2.8L USM lens with me, but unfortunately I don't use it as often as I should.
Feedback
My approach on landscape photography is far from revolutionary. I tend to appreciate the location I'm in for a while, by taking my time looking at the scenery, and even take a few panoramic shots with my iPhone to get a feel of how it looks framed (this is also because I really like making panoramas of these vast landscapes). Thinking about it, though it may not be revolutionary, I find the "appreciation" part of the process is something many don't take the time to take in. I love seeing the landscape through my camera, but I want to contemplate and fully experience it on my mind first, instead of jumping into shooting like crazy. Basically, I want to create as many good memories of these locations as I can. If I have the possibility of doing so, I'll have had scouted the location I'm shooting on an different day, though this wasn't the case here. Next, if I already have images from other photographers in my mind, I try to stay away from similar points of view. In locations such as this one, it's often easier to replicate than to innovate, given so many good photographers already made brilliant shots. Still, I like the challenge and every so often I will be satisfied with what I accomplish. From there on, I would say it's an iterative process: I'll make one or two shots at a specific location, check what I got, and see if there's any improvement I can make where I am. If I need to move my position, I will, and keep taking more exposures. If I need to get into the picture myself to create a foreground subject, I will do so as well, or alternatively ask someone to jump in. As with so many other photographers, my best shot in this type of photography, is usually made nearing the end of the shoot, so I tend to not stress out when I'm not getting anything very nice at first. And even if don't get any particularly good shot, I will always have some good recollections of these places where I've been. And these are - for me - the ultimate joy in travel photography.

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