Six-Years Ago (14-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 19: Puerto Natales, Chile. Hostage Day 3.

The southern Chile protesters drove around in vehicles with black flags or southern Chile flags. This was our third day where we were not allowed to leave Puerto Natales. Basically, we were being held hostage until the central government and President restored the gas subsidy to the region.

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). (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). (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). (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). (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). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (13-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 18: Puerto Natales, Chile. Hostage Day 2.

Tangled web of power, phone, and cable lines shot from my hotel window. This was the 2nd day we were held and not allowed to leave Puerto Natales. We were the luck ones that found a hotel where we could stay. There were nearly 1000 others that were staying in an elementary school that was converted into a Red Cross shelter, or just living rough in the open. In addition there were several thousand more stranded in Torres del Paine National Park (Parque Nacional Torres del Paine). At this point, I needed to see a doctor for a bad cough that turned into walking pneumonia, but there wasn’t a doctor or pharmacy available. Also, the US State Department didn’t really believe that we were being held against our will — all having to do with issues of fuel subsidies provided by the central government to the residents of southern Chile. The new President canceled the subsidies, and southern Chile went on strike and wouldn’t let the tourists (one of their main sources of income) leave… Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 19 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec).

Tangled web of power, phone, and cable lines shot from my hotel window. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 19 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tangled web of power, phone, and cable lines shot from my hotel window. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 19 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (11-January-2011) — Chile

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

We spent the day on the back of a horse (equitrekking) and hiking from the hotel to Mrador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Small White Orchid. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec.)

White Orchid. 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/4, 1/125 sec.). (David J Mathre)
White Orchid. 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/4, 1/125 sec.). (David J Mathre)



Individual images from the slide show can be viewed here.

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

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 15: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.

Salto Grande rapids, just before the waterfall. Glacial melt and stormy weather in Patagonia. Torres del Paine National Park. Composite Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-35 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 34 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec).

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)
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)

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

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 15: Torres del Paine National Park, Hosteria Lago Grey, Chile.

Prior to departing Hosteria Lago Grey, we were rewarded with several rainbows. The first one was at dawn, with only the red and orange colors. Later on after the sun rose a bit further there was a full rainbow over Lago Grey and the glacier.

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)
Dawn Rainbow over Lago Grey. 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 from Hosteria Lago Grey, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Composite of two images from a Nikon D3x and 24-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec) combined using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Early Morning Rainbow from Hosteria Lago Grey. Composite of two images from a Nikon D3x and 24-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec) combined using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)