Nine-Years Ago (08-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 13: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.

This was a travel day. We departed Mirador del Payne Hosteria (Estancia Lazo) and drove to the Lago Grey Hosteria in Torres del Paine National Park. During the drive we stopped many times and I got pictures of a variety of birds. Southern Lapwing, Lesser Rhea (South American version of an Ostrich), Andean Condor, Upland Goose, Coscoroba, and Chilean Flamingo.

Southern Lapwing while leaving Estancia Lazo. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Southern Lapwing while leaving Estancia Lazo. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)


Lesser Rhea in Torres del Paine National Park. Images taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)


Andean Condor on the ground in Torres del Paine National Park. Images taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)


Andean Condor taking off and flying in Torres del Paine National Park. Images taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)


Andean Condor soaring in Torres del Paine National Park. Images taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)


Upland Goose family feeding and swimming in Torres del Paine National Park. Images taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)

Coscoroba Swan in the water while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Coscoroba Swan in the water while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chilean Flamingo in the water while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/14, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chilean Flamingo in the water while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/14, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lesser rhea along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lesser rhea along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lesser rhea along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lesser rhea along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lesser rhea along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 240 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lesser rhea along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 240 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lesser rhea along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lesser rhea along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lesser rhea along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lesser rhea along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Travel from Lazo Estancia to Hosteria Lago Grey, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile (David J Mathre)
Travel from Lazo Estancia to Hosteria Lago Grey, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor in flight while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor in flight while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor in flight while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor in flight while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor in flight while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor in flight while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor in flight while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor in flight while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/7.1, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/7.1, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/7.1, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor along the road while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/7.1, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor in flight while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/6.3, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor in flight while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/6.3, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/14, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/14, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/18, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/18, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Andean Condor soaring while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family in the water while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family in the water while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family in the water while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/14, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family in the water while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/14, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family in the water while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Upland Goose family in the water while traveling from Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Eight-Years Ago (15-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 20: Puerto Natales, Chile. Hostage Day 4.

Day four in Puerto Natales. The Chilean Red Cross and Military organized safe passage out of Puerto Natales for the departure for all of the tourists being held against their will in southern Chile. We first had to get to the Red Cross refuge center that was set up in the E3 elementary school to register. Then it was a lot of waiting as the Red Cross tried to organize lists and priorities to depart. There were nearly 1000 folks in the refuge center. A doctor gave me some antibiotics for my upper respiratory infection (that was turning into walking pneumonia. This also moved me up the list so I was with the 2nd group to depart. While at the refuge center, we got a certificate from the Gubernator of Southern Chile stating that we had been detained against our will. This is a series of snapshots taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera documenting the day. Freedom at last. I ended up sleeping in the Punta Arenas airport lobby before getting the first commercial plane to Santiago the next morning. The road between Santiago, and the Santiago International Airport were still being blocked by the protesters. I have to thank Thom Hogan, Rob Noonan, Wilderness Travel, the Chilean Red Cross, and the Chilean Air Force for getting us out safely.



Individual images from the slide-show can be viewed here.

Eight-Years Ago (12-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 17: Torres del Paine National Park to Puerto Natales, Chile. Hostage Day 1.

Roadblock Outside of Puerto Natales, Chile. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 19.2 mm, f/3.3, 1/125 sec) from inside our bus. For what happened next you can check out an article written by Thom Hogan.
Little did we know at the time what those black flags represented. Not the way I wanted to end my wonderful Patagonia Photography Safari.

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

Eight-Years Ago (10-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 16: Torres del Paine National Park Chile.

Salto Grande Rapids just before the Waterfall in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.

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Salto Grande Rapids just before the Waterfall in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Composite of three images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 24-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 34 mm, f/11, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, AutoPano Giga Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)


Eight-Years Ago (09-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 14: Torres del Paine National Park, Hosteria Lago Grey, Chile.

Rob walking a high wire in some pretty strong Patagonia winds at a construction site near Hosteria Lago Grey. Images taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 28-120 mm lens (ISO 200, various, f/4, various).