Mixed Fortunes

Peaks above El Chalten at sunrise
Camera: Panasonic DC-G9 | Date: 15-02-2023 06:32 | Resolution: 5195 x 2078 | ISO: 200 | Exp. bias: -33/100 EV | Exp. Time: 1.6s | Aperture: 7.1 | Focal Length: 56.0mm | Lens: LUMIX G VARIO 35-100/F2.8

We started the day about an hour before sunrise back at the overlook of Mt Fitzroy and the Las Vueltas river. On the positive side, yesterday’s wind didn’t re-materialise. On a more negative one, neither did much of the warm light on the mountains we’d been promised. We got some pre-dawn glow, but then around sunrise the mountain was covered by cloud, even though when we looked in other directions several were getting a great sunrise. That’s the way the cookie crumbles… At least it’s not a difficult location to revisit if time allows before we move on.

Canyon below El Chalten at sunrise (Show Details)

After breakfast we explored further into the park, around the side of Mt Fitzroy. At two separate locations we were able to experiment with both direct shots and reflections in water, however the reflections were disrupted a bit by the gentle breeze, and protective of her modesty the top of Mt Fitzroy remained cloaked in a tiny band of cloud.

Reflections (Show Details)

We had a great lunch – Argentinian steaks really are enormous – and a quiet afternoon including a critique session. I offered up a few of my shots and happily accepted the feedback. I also included the one taken above the glacier by the Argentinian lady, just to see how long it would be before the suggestion “crop off that ugly bit at the right-hand side”. About 10s…

We had two evening locations, first a waterfall for which the main challenge was getting a reasonable composition without appearing in everyone else’s and then a shot up the river towards the mountains from a raised outlook.

River delta above El Chalten (Show Details)
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