Adventuring Deeper into Patagonia – the Perito Moreno glacier

After a four-hour plane ride deeper into the Andes, we started to get further into the wilds of Patagonia. Perhaps I should explain that I was on this trip with a very good Russian friend named Dima, who is also a photographer. He brought four other Russians with him. Despite our friendship, he had given me a non-English-speaking roommate named Yuri that never ceased to amaze. Within five minutes of dropping him off in my room, Yuri was in his underwear and I noticed his approximate size to be that of a smallish beluga whale. This ended up propagating many other problems For example, on the flight to El Calafate, our small plane had a bit of a hard landing because I was not sure the pilot was fully informed of Yuri’s weight.

After setting up camp in El Calafate, we went out to the edge of Lago Argentino tonight to shoot the sunset to shoot the Perito Moreno glacier. Every few minutes, you could hear giant shards of ice cleave off and drop into the lake below.

See all of the dark bits of ice floating in the water? Those are actually the clear bottoms that were once underwater, but recently flipped over. In the midst of all this, and from out of nowhere, Yuri produced a giant bottle of cognac, which seemed to keep the Russians happy in the freezing cold. When I posted this photo on the blog and across the various social networks, many of my Facebook and Twitter friends requested a photo of Yuri. That night, while he slumbered, I endeavored to take a panorama of him. I considered the glacier as practice, since it was also big, white, and cracked.

This was shot with the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8 lens. The second of the five exposures (the -1 EV shot) was at f/8.0 with a shutter speed of 0.033 secs and a 250 ISO. As for the coal length, I think I had it cranked all the way to 14mm to take this shot. I’m always flummoxed as to whether or not I should take a panorama of these places, which essentially means I’d have to map out an invisible grid and then take a photo in each cell for later stitching using post-processing software. For this photo, I did use a Nikon D3X, which already has a 24 megapixel sensor, making the final product a fairly detailed 6000 pixels across or so. There is some invisible point when enough is enough, and I never quite know what it is. One limiting factor is time-of-processing. Panos take a long time to both shoot and post-process, so that comes into the decision making tree fairly early on.

Adventuring Deeper into Patagonia

  • i am super interested in planning trips of this nature.

    how you go about it and things. a totally different type of tutorial!

    check out the foreground of that glacier… i blame global warming. no worries, my lights were off tonight for earth hour.

  • Stunning work as usual man. I look forward to more… and that shot of Yuri. haha

  • casusan

    Oh wow! Beautiful Trey! I saw something like this once 40 yrs ago in Alaska – brings back memories! Have a super safe ‘adventure’!

  • Brilliant and stellar work Trey! Good luck on the other shoot tonight. Are you gonna use a Joe McNalley flash technique? (hehehe) Don’t start an international incident now!

  • Stunning!

  • Ed

    I’m getting to the point where I start to believe that these shots are not real. My hypothesis is that they were made in some mad scientist’s lab thru some unknown software. You just use the HDR technique as a cover up.

    Keep this up and you are going to make me take a $5000 loan to buy a pro-DSLR and equipments to embark in my own photographic adventure. Actually I might need more money than that.

    Oh! btw, brilliant work my friend.

  • looking forward to yuri ;D

  • Amazing, your art work never cease to amaze me Trey! Brilliant!!!

  • Dying laughing right now…Can’t wait (or can I…?) to see the pic of Yuri

  • Good God!!! I want to live your life for a few weeks!! Simply stunning Trey.

    Here’s a little chant for ya. Yuri Yuri Yuri!!!

    Ha ha keep them coming!

  • cool shot! must have been chilly, I can see the trees being blown in the wind. wish HDR didn’t render sooty clouds 😉 Yuri Yuri Yuri!!!

  • hehe thanks all… My updates will be few and far between from here on out… may have to wait a bit for new patagonia shots I am afraid!

  • Note… Yuri just woke me up an hour early – at 4:45 instead of 5:45 AM to go see the sunrise. WIth this extra time, I can do things like leave comments about him.

    The first thing he did when he got out of bed was drink an entire warm orange Fanta at once.

  • Gary Quiroga

    Fantastico !!!

  • Sam

    “big, white, and cracked”, entire orange Fanta at once???? hmmm errr, Yuri, Yuri, Yuri. I think I will wait until after this adventure to wish to be in your shoes.

  • Sounds like Yuri having a good time!! LOL

  • Wow, what a fantastic picture, Trey. What a great adventure you are having down there. LOL, Yuri must be quite a character. Loved your last paragraph, sure made me LOL!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful sights with us, we feel as if we are traveling with you. But you can keep Yuri, although I am looking forward to seeing his picture, rofl!!!!! Good luck in your travels and be safe.

  • Meredith

    So beautiful!

  • Well whatever your going through, with hard landings, Yuri, from this image it’s certainly worth the effort this is stunning probably my fave so far but then I’m from Canada and just love ICE…great capture and again I don’t say it often enough thanks for sharing..really do appreciate your efforts, and stories.. now when do we see Yuri…His feet must be huge…lol

  • Mos

    Awesome! Amazing sky, stunning ice, epic shot!

  • amazing shot! worth being woken up 1hour too early i suppose!

  • just waw! o_O

  • Man that’s beautiful! Can’t wait to see the photo of Yuri. LOL!

  • Amazing work !!!!

  • Breathtaking

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  • Francisco

    Trey, i would like to contact you via e-mail for this photo. Is there any chance i could get your e mail?

    Thank you!

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