Ever since I spent time in Chile and didn't leave Santiago, I knew I had to go back to Patagonia for landscape photography. When YouTube stars Brendan Van Son and Thomas Heaton announced their Patagonia landscape photography workshop, almost 6 months in advance, it sold out in 18 hours. I was the first person to register and pay a deposit.
After being let down the night before, we attempted once again to catch light the following morning and were handsomely rewarded with a beautiful view of Cerro Paine Grande and Los Cuernos from atop Mirador Condor in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile.
This was a stop on our longest hiking day of the trip; ~18km in 10 hours. While most people stayed up top (including this guy that kept following us everywhere, Elia Locardi) but myself and Rich climbed down the side to some rocks in the river for this lower angle perspective shot. The weather wasn't perfect, but the composition is good enough (a little clipped on the sides though) for me to include it here.
It's hard to grasp the scale of the glacier. It's about the same height as a 75 story building, but most of it is under the surface of the water. We saw, and heard, a couple ice calvings, which were very exciting.
We arrived almost an hour before the park opened to be sure and get a few undistributed views in. Even still, some locals ignored the line and parked in front of us. Naturally the park staff didn't care for our gringo sentiments on fair. Fine and well, we just passed them on the narrow roads winding down to the boardwalk.
As our launch place for the adventure, we got the gear out and fired off some test shots. The light was right, even if the subject was pretty boring. As we ventured on into Argentina from Chile, the subjects got much more dramatic, but the light was nowhere to be found.