02-January-2011

Hosteria El Pilar, Southern Hemisphere Night Sky, Fitzroy Massif at Sunrise, and Chorrilla del Salto Waterfall . Day 7 of a Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan in Patagonia.

Since everyone was tired from the long hike yesterday, we decided to take day 7 as a relatively light day to rest. This gave me the opportunity to do some night sky imaging. This was good in that the weather forecast was for us to start seeing more clouds. I went out at about 3 AM, knowing that it would start getting light sometime after 4 AM. The further we get south, the shorter the nights!

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Southern Hemisphere Milky Way. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4 G lens (ISO 100, f/4, 50 sec) (David J Mathre)ย 

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As the sun started coming up, I then got some more images of Fitzroy from within walking distance of the hosteria. After a leisurely lunch at El Pilar, we went into town an on the way back stopped at the Chorrilla del Salto waterfall for some photographic instruction. A lot of the local residence were using the waterfall to cool down on a hot summer Sunday afternoon.

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.

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