31-December-2011

What a Year — It Was Amazing!

As the year comes to and end, and I try to reflect on everything I have done and everywhere I have been — all I can say is WOW!. The year started out with a great photography trip to Patagonia with Thom Hogan. We will ignore the extra few days we were held hostage in southern Chile. This was followed by the Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop II on the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer lead by Michael Mariant. This started in San Diego, and then stopped in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama (including a transit through the Panama Canal), Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, and ended in Fort Lauderdale. My parents were along for this trip. I then attended a Nikonians workshop in Death Valley, also lead by Michael Mariant.

There have been a number of challenges at work. We shut down our San Francisco operations which included part of my group, and thus no more regular trips to California. We ended the year achieving (and exceeding) all of our objectives. I also attended a work sponsored executive retirement seminar. It is hard to believe that I have been working long enough to even consider retirement, but then again maybe I could spend more time working on photography.

This year I expanded beyond my Nikon cameras and lenses — adding a Leica X1 and Leica V-Lux 30 P&S cameara. NAS did add a couple of lenses to the kit (500 mm f/4 VRII and 600 mm f/4 VRII telephoto). Also at the end of the year I added a Nikon 1 V1 (mirrorless) camera body with the 10 mm f/2.8 lens, the 10-30 mm lens, 30-110 mm lens, and the 10-100 mm lens. I am looking forward to the FT1 lens adapter so I can use this camera body with a telescope.

Looking through my image database, it looks like I took something over 120K images this year — a new record for me. It also meant that I needed to update my digital asset management strategy. Lightroom is good, but can’t handle this many images. I’m currently testing Media Pro (Phase One). Capture One Pro (also Phase One) is now my primary image processing workflow, although I still am using Adobe Photoshop CS 5 and many Nik, OnOne, and Topaz plugins. I also needed to update my image storage and backup strategy after some hard drive failures. I’ve moved to a couple of Drobo disk arrays (16 TB) on and off-site.

Plans for next year? Thought about, but I didn’t sign up for the Semester at Sea Enrichment Voyage to the Carribean and Brazil (including a trip up the Amazon river). Thinking about a Hurtigruten cruise in Norway to see the Northern Lights, Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop III (San Diego, Central America, Peru – including Galapagos Islands), and also a trip to Cuba. If none of this works out, maybe it it time for a road trip out west. The White Ram (Roadtrek RV) is anxious for a road trip!

After dumping Facebook last year when my account was hacked, I joined Google+ this year. Google+ is a better platform for photographers. I really like the Daily Image Themes, and have been contributing a number of images.

 

Self Portrait in Death Valley. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Self Portrait in Death Valley. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

 

06-April-2011

Early Morning Double Rainbow in Patagonia. Comparison of HDR (High Dynamic Range) Processing Programs.

Digital camera sensors are not able to deal with the full dynamic range that the human eye can process. The same is true with computer monitors and printers. There are several commercial programs that will combine over and under exposed digital images to provide a composite digital image that tries to express the wider dynamic range of the eye. I continue to evaluate the commercial HDR programs. The following images are of a early morning double rainbow taken at Lago Grey in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile during my Photography Workshop in Patagonia with Thom Hogan (10-January-2011). The inital image is the original single exposure. This is followed by four HDR images processed with 1) Photoshop CS5 HDR Pro, 2) Photomatix Pro, 3) Nik HDR Pro, and 4) HDR Express Pro. Please reply with comments on which HDR image you like or don’t like.

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Early Morning Rainbow, Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/5.6, 1/25 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early Morning Rainbow, Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/5.6, 1/25 sec).

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Early Morning Rainbow, Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/5.6). HDR composite of 4 images using Photoshop CS5 HDR Pro (David J Mathre)
Early Morning Rainbow, Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/5.6). HDR composite of 4 images using Photoshop CS5 HDR Pro

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Early Morning Rainbow, Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/5.6). HDR composite of 4 images using Photomatix Pro (David J Mathre)
Early Morning Rainbow, Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/5.6). HDR composite of 4 images using Photomatix Pro

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Early Morning Rainbow, Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/5.6). HDR composite of 4 images using NIK HDR Pro (David J Mathre)
Early Morning Rainbow, Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/5.6). HDR composite of 4 images using NIK HDR Pro

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Early Morning Rainbow, Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/5.6). HDR composite of 4 images using HDR Express (David J Mathre)
Early Morning Rainbow, Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/5.6). HDR composite of 4 images using HDR Express

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03-April-2011

Processing Images from the Patagonia Trip.

I’ve been going back and processing images from the Patagonia trip. I’ve added a number of new images to the 11-January-2011 blog.

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Guide. Hike and Equitreckking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/2, 1/200 sec.). (David J Mathre)
Guide. Hike and Equitreckking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/2, 1/200 sec.).

15-January-2011

Political Prisoner and Hostage in Puerto Natales Chile.  Day 20 of a Photography Workshop in Patagonia. 

This morning the streets are quiet. There is black smoke from a bonfire to the east. There was a note under my door that said to have our bags ready to leave by 9 AM. Don’t know if that means the roads will be open? If I don’t add more to this post, it may mean that we are moving — but that could be towards Punta Arenas or back to Argentenia.


More info. The Red Cross list is now over 1000 stranded here in Puerto Natales. An additional 4000-5000 are stranded in the National Park.


An update from the Mathre family regarding the status of the photography trip to Patagonia:
(taken from David Mathre by Erik via a phone call)

As of 6:30 EST, the Red Cross has gotten the photography group along with about 1,000 others into a Red Cross temporary refugee center in Puerto Natales where they are awaiting transfer by bus to a local airport and then by Air Force transport planes to Punta Arenas or Calafate Argentina. Hopefully, from there they can catch a flight to Santiago. Starting Monday, the Red Cross hopes to start getting the 5,000 or so out of Torres del Paine National Park.


22-January-2011 edit: Check out Thom Hogan’s blog about being held hostage in southern Chile.

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Standing in Line. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 5.1 mm, f/2.2, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Standing in Line. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 5.1 mm, f/2.2, 1/100 sec).

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E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 10.7 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 10.7 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec).

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Waiting with our Luggage. E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 5.1 mm, f/2, 1/13 sec). (David J Mathre)
Waiting with our Luggage. E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 5.1 mm, f/2, 1/13 sec).

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Waiting in the E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 320, 5.1 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Waiting in the E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 320, 5.1 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec).

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Certificate from the Gobernador of Southern Chile Documenting that we have been Detained in Puerto Natales. E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 160, 10.7 mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Certificate from the Gobernador of Southern Chile Documenting that we have been Detained in Puerto Natales. E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 160, 10.7 mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec).

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Chile Red Cross Worker in the E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 19.2 mm, f/3.3, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chile Red Cross Worker in the E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 19.2 mm, f/3.3, 1/125 sec).

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Waiting with our luggage in the E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 160, 5.1 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Waiting with our luggage in the E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 160, 5.1 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec).

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Sharing food from a Grocery Store Run in the E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 160, 5.1 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sharing food from a Grocery Store Run in the E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 160, 5.1 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec).

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Pasta Lunch in the E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 400, 10 mm, f/2.6, 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pasta Lunch in the E 3 School Auditorium. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 400, 10 mm, f/2.6, 1/20 sec).

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Red Cross/Chilean Military Buses and Truck. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red Cross/Chilean Military Buses and Truck. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec).

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Chilean Military. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 17.1 mm, f/3.2, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chilean Military. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 17.1 mm, f/3.2, 1/200 sec).

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Chilean Military Luggage Transport Truck. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 6.4 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chilean Military Luggage Transport Truck. Red Cross Refuge Center, Puerto Natales E3 School. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 6.4 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec).

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Passing the Road Blockade in the Red Cross Bus. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 125, 6.4 mm, f/3.2, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Passing the Road Blockade in the Red Cross Bus. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 125, 6.4 mm, f/3.2, 1/500 sec).

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Red Cross Buses at the Puerto Natales Regional Airport. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 125, 5.1 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red Cross Buses at the Puerto Natales Regional Airport. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 125, 5.1 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec).

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Puerto Natales Regional Airport Terminal. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 250, 5.1 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Puerto Natales Regional Airport Terminal. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 250, 5.1 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec).

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Luggage Carts Outside the Puerto Natales Regional Airport Terminal. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 5.1 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Luggage Carts Outside the Puerto Natales Regional Airport Terminal. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 5.1 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec).

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Chilean Pilot Outside the Puerto Natales Regional Airport Terminal. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 13.9 mm, f/2.9, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chilean Pilot Outside the Puerto Natales Regional Airport Terminal. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 13.9 mm, f/2.9, 1/160 sec).

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Chilean Air Force B-737 Refugee Transport at Puerto Natales Regional Airport (David J Mathre)
Chilean Air Force B-737 Refugee Transport at Puerto Natales Regional Airport

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Aerial View of Puerto Natales. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/2.5, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Aerial View of Puerto Natales. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/2.5, 1/100 sec).

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14-January-2011

Political Prisoner and Hostage in Puerto Natales Chile.  Day 19 of a Photography Workshop in Patagonia.

Another day and nothing has changed much. The locals are still patrolling the town in cars with black flags (black garbage bags) or the local flag.  The vehicles range from old pickup trucks to high-end sports cars. We checked out of the hotel at noon, but will probably check in again in a bit. The locals tell us that we are not hostages since we can walk through the picket line and then walk 20-30 km with our luggage to the Argentine border (but don’t go off the road because of the mine fields). They have not been letting ambulances through. There is an doctor here to do two kidney transplants in Punta Arenas that cannot get to the hospital. News has made it to the BBC, but we don’t see much if any coverage in the US press. There are several hundred tourists stranded here in Puerto Natales, many more in Punta Arenas, and 4000-5000 stranded in Torres del Paine National Park.  The protest is over the repeal of a fuel credit of ~$6/month for this region. All of the cars and trucks driving around for the last several days checking to see if each house has a black flag flying and making sure that we don’t try to sneak out have already burned through much more money.  This is going to devastate the economy in the region once the word gets out and tourist stop coming. The US Embassay in Santiago did finally issue a press release today to a Chile travel site (and not on the US State Dept site) — but no guidance or help getting out of the country.

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22-January-2011 edit: Check out Thom Hogan’s blog about being held hostage in southern Chile.

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Black Flag Protesters Patrol the streets of Puerto Natales (David J Mathre)

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Strikers on Patrol, Driving Through Puerto Natales. Snapshot taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 125, 5.3 mm, f/5, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Strikers on Patrol, Driving Through Puerto Natales. Snapshot taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 125, 5.3 mm, f/5, 1/500 sec).

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Strikers on Patrol in Sports Car, Driving Through Puerto Natales. Snapshot taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 125, 5.3 mm, f/5, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Strikers on Patrol in Sports Car, Driving Through Puerto Natales. Snapshot taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 125, 5.3 mm, f/5, 1/500 sec).

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Refuges Living Rough on the Street of Puerto Natales Cooking Lunch. Snapshot taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 49.2 mm, f/4.9, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Refuges Living Rough on the Street of Puerto Natales Cooking Lunch. Snapshot taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 49.2 mm, f/4.9, 1/250 sec).

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Hotel and Rainbow. Snapshot taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 5.1 mm, f/5.4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Hotel and Rainbow. Snapshot taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 5.1 mm, f/5.4, 1/1000 sec).

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13-January-2011

 We are Political Prisoners in Puerto Natales.  Day 18 of a Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan in Patagonia.  

We are still sitting in a hotel in Puerto Natales. The roads continue to be blocked, and we have no idea when we will be able to get to the airport in Punta Arenas. In essence we are being held political prisoners since we are not able to leave this small town and this country.  Does anyone remember “Missing”.

22-January-2011 edit: Check out Thom Hogan’s blog about being held hostage in southern Chile.

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Fishing Boat in Pureto Natales Harbor. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (David J Mathre) 

Fishing Boat in the Fjord of Last Resort. The Harbor is also closed due to the strike.

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Update as of 3 PM local. We were looking at an option to return to Argentina and fly back from Calafate. A bus would bring us to the road block and we would have to walk across with our entire luggage. Another bus would pick us up on the other side. The protesters told the driver we could walk across the line, but they would then destroy the bus. So we are probably spending another night in Puerto Natales. 

Hotel Australis in Pureto Natales overlooking the "Fjord of Last Hope." Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (David J Mathre)

Costa Australis Hotel in Puerto Natales (Patagonia)

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Update at 5 PM Local. We just checked back into the Hotel.

12-January-2011

Travel from Torres del Paines National Park to Punta Arenas. Day 17 of a Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan in Patagonia.

We had been hearing about a general strike in southern Chile. Today we found out it was real. Our bus took a back route out of the National Park to avoid a road block, since shutting down the park was one of the objectives. This doesn’t make sense since tourism is a major source of income for the region. We ran into our first road block near a small airport. Several cars blocked the road, and the people ran around in the rain with their black flags (plastic garbage bags). After 15-20 minutes, the cars withdrew and raced down the road to presumable the next road block. The next road block at the intersection of the highway to Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas was more significant. Trucks were used to block the road and a big pile of wood was being set up for a bon fire. The Guardia watched but didn’t do anything. A strike leader who appeared drunk came up to the bus and told us we couldn’t go through to either Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales. He did have a solution for us – we could carry all of our gear and luggage through the strike line and catch a ride to the next town. As we walked through, the cars honked, people jeered, and wave their black flags. Once we were through the line, we realized that all of the local taxis were part of the strike, and no local busses would come to pick us up. It was going to be a several mile walk into Puerto Natales in the rain. I was having a really hard time with a residual cough and being run down from a respiratory infection earlier in the trip. Finally, a farmer with a pick-up stopped and took a couple of us and most of our luggage. I would not have made it without his help. During the walk into town, 125 vehicles passed us – many honking. This farmer was the only one that stopped to help. It was clear that there was no way we would be getting to the airport in Punta Arenas for our flights on Wednesday. I called AMEX and had tentative flight reservations made for the following two days. At this point it is not clear how much longer I will be stuck in Chile. This is a lousy way to end this photo workshop, and has really soured any interest in visiting Chile again. Rob is doing the best he can to find out when we can get to the airport. In the mean time, I should be able to catch up on some of my images.

Roadblock outside of Pureto Natales Chile. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (David J Mathre)

22-January-2011 edit: Check out Thom Hogan’s blog about being held hostage in southern Chile.

11-January-2011

Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Day 16 of a Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan in Patagonia.

The trip is coming to an end. Today we rode horses and hiked to Mirador Los Torres from the Las Torres Hotel. I actually didn’t make it to the end of the trail, and only made it as far as the last big climb to the glacial lake because I rode a horse. This cold/respiratory infection appears to be getting worse. Robert Noonan took one of my Leica point and shoot cameras to get some images from the top. Unfortunately, the peaks were hidden in the clouds.

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Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 9.1 mm, f/3.9, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 9.1 mm, f/3.9, 1/125 sec).

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Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/4.5, 1/80 sec.). (David J Mathre)
Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/4.5, 1/80 sec.).

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Woods in B&W. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/8, 1/30 sec.). (David J Mathre)
Woods in B&W. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/8, 1/30 sec.).

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Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec.). (David J Mathre)
Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec.).

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White Orchid. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec.). (David J Mathre)
White Orchid. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec.).

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White Orchid. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/3.3, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
White Orchid. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/3.3, 1/50 sec).

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Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/30. sec.). (David J Mathre)

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Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/13, 1/100 sec.). (David J Mathre)
Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/13, 1/100 sec.).

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Forest. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec.). (David J Mathre)
Forest. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec.).

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Torres del Paine. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.). (David J Mathre)
Torres del Paine. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.).

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Torres del Paine. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec.). (David J Mathre)
Torres del Paine. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec.).

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Torres del Paine. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.). (David J Mathre)
Torres del Paine. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.).

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Mirador Las Torres. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Image taken by Robert Noonan. (David J Mathre)
Mirador Las Torres. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Image taken by Robert Noonan.

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Mirador Las Torres. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Image taken by Robert Noonan. (David J Mathre)
Mirador Las Torres. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Image taken by Robert Noonan.

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Mirador Las Torres. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image taken by Robert Noonan. (David J Mathre)
Mirador Las Torres. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image taken by Robert Noonan.

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Mirador Las Torres. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image taken by Robert Noonan. (David J Mathre)
Mirador Las Torres. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image taken by Robert Noonan.

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Mirador Las Torres. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/4, 1/160 sec). Image taken by Robert Noonan. (David J Mathre)
Mirador Las Torres. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 4.1 mm, f/4, 1/160 sec). Image taken by Robert Noonan.

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Tree Root in B&W. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/20 sec.). (David J Mathre)
Tree Root in B&W. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/20 sec.).

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Guide. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/2, 1/200 sec.). (David J Mathre)
Guide. Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/2, 1/200 sec.).

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Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 125, 7.5 mm, f/3.2, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 125, 7.5 mm, f/3.2, 1/400 sec).

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Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 125, 7.5 mm, f/2.8, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 125, 7.5 mm, f/2.8, 1/400 sec).

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Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec).

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Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec).

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Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec).

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Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Hike and Equitrekking from Hotel Las Torres to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 Camera (ISO 80, 7.5 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec).

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Moon from Hotel Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 49.2 mm, f/4.9, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Moon from Hotel Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 Camera (ISO 80, 49.2 mm, f/4.9, 1/125 sec).