06-March-2011

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Image Processing. 

I continue to evaluate and compare several HDR processing programs. The images were taken on a hike from El Chalten in to Laguna Torre in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares while on a Photography Workshop in Patagonia with Thom Hogan on 01-January-2011. The first three images are composites of 5 images processed with Photoshop CS5 HDR Pro, Photomatix, and NIK HDR Efex Pro. The last two images are single image HDR processed with Capture One Pro and DxO. Of these I like the image from NIK HDR Efex Pro best.

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Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm,  f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Photoshop CS5. (David J. Mathre)
Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Photoshop CS5.

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Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm,  f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Photomatix. (David J. Mathre)
Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Photomatix.

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Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm,  f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Nik HDR Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Five image HDR with Nik HDR Pro.

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Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm,  f/11, 1/200 sec). Single image HDR with DxO Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Single image HDR with DxO Pro.

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Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm,  f/11, 1/200 sec). Single image HDR with Capture One 6 Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Patagonia Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-28 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Single image HDR with Capture One 6 Pro.

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New images have been added to the 01-January-2011 Patagonia posting.

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17-January-2011

 
 Back in the USA.
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I arrived in Miami at about 5AM, made it through immigrations but had to wait for my luggage. After going through customs I couldn’t directly recheck my luggage to Tampa because I didn’t have a bording pass. It was a long walk to Teminal D. The problem with the bording pass was I had multiple reservations on the AA flight. Once that was resolved, I had to go through security again. I just barely made it to the AA Tampa flight. The flight arrived in Tampa ontime, but now we are waiting for the rain to stop so they can unload the luggage.

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

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Jens Picking Me Up at Tampa International Airport (David J Mathre)
Jens Picking Me Up at Tampa International Airport

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16-January-2011

Beginning the Journey Home!  Day 21 of a Photography Workshop in Patagonia.

Yesterday we moved from the Hotel in Puerto Natales to the Red Cross Refuge center (in the E3 School). Early in the morning we thought that things were about to be settled and thought about a dash in a bus to Calafate Argentina. Our local guide visited the nearest barricade and found that the protesters were in no mood to let anyone through. Therefore, we decided to go with the safe option. By the time we got to the Red Cross site, they had us stand in line to be registered. A line in the main auditorium was for folks wanting to go to Calafate, Argentina, and another line in the gym for folks wanting to go to Punta Arenas. Looking at air schedules out of Calafate, made it look like we could be there for a week or two before catching a flight. Punta Arenas had more flights and appeared to be a better overall choice (even though it is still blockaded from the city 24 km away).  Lunch for 1000+ in the Red Cross center was pasta, some meat sauce, an apple, bread, and orange juice – a typical elementary school meal on the school lunch trays. By late afternoon two buses had been organized to bring folks to the local airport. The initial selection was families with small children, elderly, pregnant women, and sick.  With my cough, I ended up on the 2nd group, and the rest of the photography group was with the 3rd group. NOTE: As we were leaving and going through the road block we saw others being separated from their transportation and having to walk the 10+ km into Puerto Natales rather than being pointed to the local airport for transportation out of southern Chile. After running the blockade and being dropped off at the local airport, the Chilean Air force transported us to Punta Arenas via a B737.  This got us past at least 6-10 additional blockades. I ended up sleeping in the airport and taking the first flight out at ~5:40 AM to Santiago. I am currently working in the LAN Executive Salon waiting for a flight to Miami that leaves late tonight.

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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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LAN Business Class Seat - Back as a full lay down bed (David J Mathre)

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).

08-January-2011

Entrance to Torres del Paines National Park. Day 13 of a Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan in Patagonia.

We stopped for a few minutes at the entrance to Torres del Paines National Park while our guide paid the entrance fee. There were a number of Guanaco (South American Camels) milling around. All of a sudden two males started chasing each other. I caught this one as it ran right through our group.

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Guanaco Running. Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park, Chilie. Image taken with a D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)