29-December-2010

Travel Day. Day 3 of a Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan in Patagonia.

We flew from Buenos Aires to El Calafete, where we met up with our driver Martin and his bus. The bus is our mode of transportation for the rest of the workshop. Martin drove us to Estancia Helsingfors, which is in the western region of Glaciers National Park along Lake Viedma. Helsingfors was built as a sheep ranch in 1906 by the Finnish Pioneer Alfred Ramstrom. We stay at Helsingfors four nights. On the drive from El Calafete to Helsingfors we stopped to several times to photograph the lake and wildlife. I’ve included images of the Southern Crested Caracara and Piche (the local Armedillo).

Carancho (Southern Crested Caracara - Caracara Plancus) at a rest area along the southern edge of Lago Viedma, Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/640 sec.) (David J Mathre)

Carancho (Southern Crested Caracara – Caracara Plancus) at a rest area along the southern edge of Lago Viedma, Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/640 sec.)
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Piche (Armadillo) at a rest area along the southern edge of Lago Viedma, Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/640 sec.) (David J Mathre) 

Piche (Armadillo) along Highway 21 near the southern edge of Lago Viedma, Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/640 sec.

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Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

One thought on “29-December-2010”

  1. A while back, I told you that I was thinking of getting an 80-400 lens. I decided instead to get the 70-300. As you know, it’s lighter and focuses faster, and I like it. BTW, what’s Thom Hogan like? I read his web site frequently. Seems like a practical guy who knows what he’s doing.

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