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 shot this little panorama from the Lagazuoi Refuge, that is on the peak of Mount Lagazuoi above the Falzarego Pass (Dolomites).
I went there last summer, the path to reach this point was quite frightening because of the height, that day clouds covered everything and we had to climb very carefully if we didn't want to vanish into thin air. Luckily more than half of the track was indoor, because we chose to climb into the restored tunnels, trenches and emplacements where soldiers fought the first world war.
Self portrait taken under the starry night sky along side the milky-way.
Technical details: 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40L @ 20mm, 16min, f/8, ISO800 My girlfriend helped by shining an LED light on my back to light me up. I'm glad this one turned out, because I was freezing standing there still.
_____Random Info: I figured I'd upload a new ID from my recent weekend in the lake district which resembles the typical weather in England this summer which is the coldest in 12 years according to my host. Funny thing since I was in England the last time in 2000, seems like it fits me to be here. I love the scenery though. I really has an epic appeal to it with the ominous clouds and the mountain ranges and of course rain that was about to set in again.
This is Hohenschwangau Castle in Baviera, near Munchen. I was very lucky that was a beautiful sunny day.. I was here for my school trip. A person said that this photo is too much "photoshopped". I've only adjusted curves and levels. Probably this person doesn't know what is a "polarizer filter" -.-
Namaste ... greetings, I salute the highest in you.
"Namaste" is the traditional Nepali way of saying "Hello". However, the greeting has a stronger significance than just saying "Hi". For Hindus and most Nepali people, it is a greeting with spiritual significance. Namaste or Namaskar are both a physical gesture,- placing the palms of the hands together and bowing - and a spoken spiritual salutation. Simply translated, Namaste means "I bow to the divine in you", or as it was first explained to me, "I honour, I salute the highest in you, the best in you".
When first I came to the Nepal Himalayas I was humbled and in awe of the greatness of Nature and the strength and good humoured spirit of the people who live amidst these mountains.
In the Nepali language, Maya means Love. When I worked and lived for a time in mountain villages, the people gave me the name of "Nepali Maya", which means "The Love of Nepal". Later on, villagers simply called me Maya and I liked the name they'd given me. So when creating a profile name, it seemed natural to combine my Nepali and Australian names and so, ... Mayalin.
Edit,- May, 21, 2012: As much as I like the name Mayalin, I have come to know that there is an artist and architect who's name is Maya Lin, so to prevent professional confusion, I feel it's best for me to now place my own name, here, at DA. I'll not remove the previous paragraph though, for the words may be of interest to you. Also, as some people have asked me, yes, that's me in the photograph,- a tripod and the camera's timer were used.
Nepal Himalayas. A retrospective image. Fujichrome FILM.