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Dark and Grey morning . revealing an even more inviting atmosphere, for me . these mountains, mysterious and silent .. seems to hold a new realm .

The bird on the right side , looking in the wrong direction , is a " caracara " .. ( I guess .. )


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New picture from Patagonia 1 month trip .

I chose a cold white balance and muted tones for this scene ; but still hesitating with the pure B/W version .

This was in the first part of our trip, reaching 'lago de Los tres' quite famous place just in front of this crazy fortress ( Cerro Fitz Roy ) .

What I really liked here is the cloud bow just above the mountains .


Here you can see the same mountain during the night :


I hope you'll enjoy this vision,

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To appreciate the image, I advise you a bigger vision just here :
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This mesmerizing landscape was ...
One of the most striking vision from our latest Iceland ethereal journey .. We were crossing the island to reach the North... A new world for me , I've never been there before.

The arrival of autumn offered us a dark brown moss mixed with black ashes ... A vast, desolate landscape,

At this this moment the land was sweeped with snow and the mountains afar ... drenched with a pale light.

The vision was .... kind of .. coming out from a dream .. the shapes of the mountains were blurred by a veil of pouring snow ..

I enjoyed the double framing of the picture ... focusing on the progression from dark to light ..


Stitched Panorama including 3 images.


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Torres Del Paine . Patagonia . Chile .

Morning natural light on the "Cuernos" unique mountains .

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Here we are in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Another place a bit too visited, but you soon realize why, when you get to face the mountains.

On this hill, we were in a very pleasant camp, rather deserted in this middle of autumn, and ideally placed in front of the mountains, near the shore of Lake Pehoe, full of islets and with its turquoise colour...
Some rest for us after our travels in Argentina, toward Fitz Roy. We spent a few days there, hoping the conditions would be inspiring.

As soon as the first day here, I get my photo tripod stolen, within what little time I had left it in a corner... It seems crazy, but it's true. Manfrotto 190cxpro4 tripod, $500. I've still got a couple weeks to spend here, and I have a half- broken zoom, struck between F/11 and F/16, and no tripod. Uneasy. Given that I'm mostly here to take pictures. And I do love working on movements and night.

While looking for someone in the camp who could have found it, I find a big dome with scores of crazy equipment inside it, tripods (not mine, rather some monsters with the head of the tripod big as my skull)... I wonder what it is... It was the BBC ( ! ) doing a report on the puma. For me, they are a bit the gods of the impressive nature movie (Frozen planet, Planet earth... etc)...
Well, of course, I didn't dare chatting too much, I just said "Wow, impressive" or some stupid thing of this kind, and I left...

So no tripod.
For this image, Mathieu gave me his and I could quickly take about twenty shots but his awkward tripod head was hardly able to stabilize itself, and with the wind I had to be constantly holding the whole stuff during the five or ten seconds of the attempt. Many lack accuracy, even this one, there is no real detail. But in a way it contributes to a kind of broad rendering...

Yet, after a while I decided to choose this one, because there is this crack in the sky. We feel the clouds moving laterally, but there is this opening which, in the sky in fire, gives a bigger dimension to the frame. Always the same, we are more aware of that when standing "far" from it...
There is also this shadow, on the left face, which slowly moves toward the lateral brightness.

It was during the sunrise, one of the most beautiful of our adventure.

What we see on the left, vaguely taken within the clouds with that shadow on the rock, these are the "Cuernos" (strange name) and strange shape too ! It reminded us of some sort of cake with an upper part of chocolate going in all directions... The smooth and golden rock down, then a visible crack and a quite different rock. The top is 2600m high.

First, I like to observe and realize what it does to me... It takes some time... And then comes a moment when I want to get closer, find details, turn around it...

That's what we did ; in the next days we will go trekking again for a few days in the inner valleys which rush down in this incomprehensible heap.

I will soon show you what we found there...

Oh...
I am pretty likely to organize a photo trip around those mountains and forests in Chile. I am thinking about a project for two weeks at the same period. Beginning, middle of April, 2013. It would mix trekking in the inner valleys and the wild autumnal forests, as well as other more remote points for this type of views, for instance... You can already contact me to tell if you are interested.

An example of the musics which accompanied the adventure.

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Summoning. Land of the dead. Truly epic, and it gave us the feeling of climbing up new broad and unknown areas...

Translated from my french page ( facebook ) by Adrien => :iconadmalamcrucem: - ( thanks a lot )


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This is the third time I'm coming here . In Iceland . . And I'm still wondering how this landscape can be so strange and beautiful at the same time .. It's fascinating.

Here the hills have good natural contrasts and a glimpse of light , revealing the golden tones.. and mixed with ashes on snow ( recent volcano ) .. creating a very interesting 'silver and gold" palette .

Extract from the Iceland Workshop 20-29 June 2011

Other pictures of this trip are beeing uploaded on my facebook page : [link]

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Just above the mist .. A lovely tree covered with frost



:la: Happy new year

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While hiking towards 'Mt Buet ' 3100m . The light was becoming shy but somewhat 'charismatic' .. Painting curves and lines .
Strongly underexposed .


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This is me .. Passing in front of the chamonix Needles , reflected in Chesery Lake , .. at the very last light .


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Cuernos & torres del paine | Chile .


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Infernal cauldron .. picture done in pure HP Lovecraft' inspiration . Reminding me of my numerous aquatic nightmares with sprawling creatures wandering through unfathomable commotion .


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