Fall by MAPhoto

After a 3-hour rock-hopping and steep brush-crawling effort in the dark to bring some friends up to this unique vantage point of Fitz Roy Peak on this morning we were treated to an even more unique event, which occurred in the first five minutes of sunrise: The glacier in the distance frequently avalanches into the lake, dropping roaring icefalls and bergs into the water more than 2000 feet below and such an event happened to come along on this morning right in the middle of our shoot, looking much like a waterfall cascading into the lake at anything short of the highest resolutions. The Icefall added an even more dreamlike quality to this spectacular landscape.

After all the Patagonia shots these last few weeks following the fall colors down there, I was glad to have such an unusual capture.

Admittedly there was more than a small amount of post-production to get the sky and atmosphere in back of this image, something I am generally more reserved with, but here I really felt the rare scene could benefit from a few extra touches, just to be forthcoming.

Everything else in the scene comes from a single exposure at f/20.

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Liberating from Samsara by ArturStanisz

Photography is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.
This is its greatness and pitfall because it challenges ones ability to react to rapidly changing and usually hard to forecast light conditions. The photographer might be ready to shoot certain landscape, have great, carefully chosen and distinguished composition capturing amazing natural wonder, the best equipment to use, but light or weather conditions can easily prohibit perfect photo execution.
In situations like this some photographers might see a loss, I see an opportunity.
If light doesn’t happen in the chosen direction I don’t pack my gear and go, but I look around trying to find the composition that could complement the light happening in the opposite direction. This is exactly what happened with this photo.
Everybody who has ever visited Patagonia can vouch that Patagonian forest with its bonsai –like trees is one of the most fascinating jewels of Patagonia. Since I saw Patagonia’s trees for the first time their shapes, strength and raw beauty mesmerized me. I took many photos of them, but only just a few have been able to show the essence of Patagonia’s landscape.
For this particular evening when I took this photo I planned totally different composition, the one that was suppose to showcase big mountains in the background. Unfortunately, the light above the mountains was not happening. So I quickly looked around and decided to take the opportunity of this phenomenal light that was occurring in exactly opposite direction. Shortly afterwards I noticed this dead tree. It looked as if it was reaching for the sky begging for liberation. It was old and tired as if it experienced many fights with Patagonian wind.

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For Eternity by MAPhoto

We have said, that as photographers, we are artists. But art is not simply about what is captured. Art is about what is spoken. What is spoken comes from within. It evokes a connection with an idea, or a subject, or even a mood. And in that connection somewhere there must be a bond that runs deeper than simply what is before us at that moment. It must be unique to us. I feel the best images, this art, must speak from what is inside ourselves first. This image is about what I want to believe in. Here I saw clarity and strength in times of turbulence and unknown. I wanted to make an image that captured this feeling.

This is from Patagonia. Cerro Grande peak with lenticular wave clouds and blowing snow. A Condor rides the wind free from it all.

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