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.