One of my favorite photos.
Driving by to our left, we spotted this calm pond and knew a reflection would be available. Sometimes you don't see the scene at the outset, but your imagination tells you it is there. I used a 35mm lens and set the aperture for maximum depth of field [the close-by grasses and rocks as well as the mountains are in sharp focus]
...and ducks; did you spot them? Pay attention.
Another vantage, time, cloud formation, lake/pond surface. Mountains are like people... at first glance it's "just" another person, another mountain scene, until you observe the details that make the scene distinct: color, shape, form, texture,... When we can do that, we are learning to really see.
The newborns are completely tan. [Official name: Cynus melancorypha; now you know why they are called black-necked]
We were photographing Flamingos in a pond when this guy flew by; gotta be ready!
Grazing Guanaco Gobbles Grass, Gulping
From island hotel's restaurant; imagine eating meals with this view?
'1384' = my file numbers, in case I need to edit...
This shot was easy! The bird was close by the trail, and visited us for 3-4 minutes; 145mmx1.5 = 207mm, 1/400 @f/10
I believe this is specifically a Southern Crested Caracara; I can't stop recording their antics.
Last light or first?
At the far end, Grey Glacier, at the near end a beached iceberg broken off (calved) from the glacier. Occasionally, one sees an iceberg broken off from the bottom, formed during the ice age. [My Arctic album has photos of one of these ice-age "sculptures"]
a study in gold. Technical stuff: lens = 450mm hand-held, 1/400 sec; ISO 100, f/5.6
No, it's not his pet, but he named it :-)
70x1.5= 105mm lens, 1/400 sec.
My 6 million dollar camera auto focussed on the flowers!
Loo.)ks close by but I used a 450mm lens (at 1/400 sec
At a hotel in Puntas Arenas, the southernmost city
These photos are presented here, like the real display, as dark and moody.
Follow the leader. Or lead the follower.
Why not just call them 'Cara'?
I am not sure what this bird is. I have searched thousands of images on-line. If you know, email me at info@VedderImaging.com 300mmx1.5=450mm, 1/1250 @ f/6.3
almost like lace
217mm lens focal length. Should have used 218 :-)
This 'berg drifted from the glacier at north end of Grey Lake, and "beached" here at south end. 300mm.
345mm f/5.3, ISO 400, 1/400
We left in our van in total darkness (and without breakfast), again set-up in the dark (some of us wore weak-beamed headlamps, which are turned off before shooting begins)
Thousands of sheep crossed the roadway, stopping our van...
["1537"is a shot number that helps me locate a particular photo to edit, replace, etc...] It is not the 1,517th Guanaco I've seen.
Wherever animals are kept, there's usually work from dawn to dusk. this is pre-dusk work, followed by feeding and brushing down... Photo taken on iPhone as I walked to dinner.
[Lago Grey = Grey Lake]
When a male Guanacos is rejected or otherwise unsuccessful n breeding, he is an outcast, a 'loner" who acts as a lookout for the herd. I am not saying that this particular animal plays such a role, but it is common sight, and our guides explained.... 450mm, 1/1000s
390mm lens vs 210mm
Do they appreciate the beauty of the Massif? I think only the grasses, Appreciation of beauty is one thing that makes us human.
Meaning "Towers of Blue"
270 mm lens (180 mm but on crop-sensor camera);
(Vulture Gryphus) captured overhead in pattern. Quite a rare shot. Birds in flight are most difficult- to track, to focus, to expose correctly against the sky. I practiced at home on... moving car headlights. This shot: a 450mm lens [300 on crop-sensor camera], 1/1600 sec @f/9] Actually, 300mm lens and a stiff neck
Turned 180 degrees to form an abstract image,
If we change our vantage or the sun moves a bit or the clouds shift, or it's another day.... then the light. changes and the shadows change and... it becomes a different place!
These two joined our roadside/ lakeside/ woods/ side picnic
Hard to track; AND to have correct camera serttings; bright blue sky, dull black bird... flying in uneven motion; while standing on uneven ground; while hungry.... 160mm focal length
Wingspan 10 feet; a little scary; this Condor was fairly close to the ground; 277mm, 1/2500 sec @f/4.8
A habit with iPhone in restaurants
Blowing clouds and snow mixed together
What ARE nooks and crannies? We often photograph in black and white because then we see better the texture, form, ...etc of the subject.
Black and white reveals texture and form best
Better here than sleeping in !
Dawn and dusk are the best times to shoot, by far! I hope that you enjoyed these photos of southern Chile.
Begin Patagonia, a. region of southern South America, in these photos, Chile