I am finally back from my ( too short ) trip to Patagonia ( Chile & Argentina ) this mid April 2011
let me tell you a short story behind this image .. with my poor english ( I am sorry for that )
The night before we were backpacking in "Chileno " camp , shelter already closed .. no one around .. alone in the dark forest by the river . this night was frozen , the temperature reached - 6 ° C . we were supposed to get up very early ( 5.30 AM ) to have the time to reach the peaks for sunrise ...
My friend Cyril has left the tent during the night because he was too cold .. I was looking for him at 5.30 AM .. I saw something like his headlight in the night .. I called him but no one answered ..
Then I realized .. this is not my friend and his lamp ... these are EYES .. of a creature .. staring at me .. and now it approach .. I stepped back in the tent .. with moonlight I saw the shape of a big cat x4 .. a PUMA , in fact .. ! mmh I don't know the danger about this animal .. and I am a very anxious person .. So it was a special moment !
we finally reached the peaks just before this clear sunrise after 2h route in the forests and rocks .
The original french text is visible on my facebook page or my website ..
This is TORRES DEL PAINE . CHILE .
This image, even though maybe a bit classical in its vision , is unfortunatly almost the only one on which we can really behold the magnificience and surreal appearance of these unearthly peaks ..
We had terrible conditions during our trek , very heavy bags ( 25 Kg ) and too fast and tired on the tracks .. I would have love to capture these landscapes with dramatic light and abstract vision but I definetly need more time in the field , .. to compose, to FEEL nature around.
I hope to go back for at least 1 month .
I still have the idea of organizing a workshop there, it would be amazing ; you can send me a note if you feel interested to learn photography in these areas with me .
If you are interested to buy the picture, I have the same without the person ( me ) .
I think I've made a point of the fact that I'm always out of time and out of space much toο often so I guess that by now it has sunk in. Chosing the first day of winter to put up my autumn ID proves that point beyond doubt. I just wanted to give you a sneak preview of what's next, I really hope you like this place, cause I have a couple of shots from it to show you.
Have a wonderful last month of the year all of you
'Set the controls for the heart of the sun'... Good old Pink Floyd song. Thought the title suited this image, seeing though I was getting ready for sunrise and madly getting excited. Not every day do I shoot sunrise..
This is actually full moon an hour before sunrise.
During the winter months the lake is completely frozen and you are able to walk across it. Now its the end of April and we have had 3 days of above freezing temps, so walking on the lake is getting a little dicey, specially along the shoreline.
Once I got to the end of the lake, I fell through the snow above the streams feeding the lake from the glacier... TWICE. If my legs were longer my feet would have fit the water. I ended up sitting on the snow with my entire leg deep in the snow! It sure was fun!!
I've always wanted a self portrait infront of Third Headland (my local beach) today I got lucky with the weather. Best conditions I've had in a long time. Soaked wet in my clothes, I couldn't help but jumping in the shot
40d 30s f/11 ISO 100
I've decided to change my watermark on my images to 'Drew Hopper' my surname, instead of 'Nelson' my middle name. I'll eventually get around to changing all previous images.