Laguna Amarga, Torres del Paine

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This image is from my latest eBook Patagonia Behind the Lens, which takes you behind the scenes for the making of twenty of my favorite images from Patagonia. I made this image at dawn, looking into the famous Horns of Paine, on the shores of a large lake ringed with a narrow salt pan. The salty mud on the shore looked deceptively solid, but if you stepped into it, within seconds you would start sinking. Accordingly, I set up as best I could in the unstable ground, moving quickly to find a decent foreground during the fleeting dawn light. This is more subtle than many of my other Patagonia images, but it has grown on me over time because of the soft pastel tones and the curving shapes of the clouds in the sky.

"Laguna Amarga" - Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

"Laguna Amarga" – Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

P.S. My 2012 Epic Patagonia Photo Workshop is filling up fast. That's right—the workshop is nearly a year away and it is already filling up. If you are interested, I encourage you to register now while you still have a chance!

Technical details: Canon 5D Mark II camera, 24-105mm lens (@32mm), 2-stop Singh-Ray reverse graduated neutral density filer, ISO 400, f/13, 1/6 second.

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