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Road to Fitz Roy

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 17 December 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

In the next couple of weeks, I will be showing more of my images from an amazing journey to Patagonia which I took last November. This is Ruta 40, the famous highway which runs from El Calafate to El Chalten. This is the iconic Fitz Roy mountain in the distance. It is always windy in Patagonia, this day was no exception. It must have been blowing 70 mph gusts. Our guide carefully opened the van door to let us out to make this photo. I could barely stand, but managed to fire off a few shots before making a hasty retreat into the van. He was a hero to drive in these conditions!

Fitz Roy is a famous climbing destination for the world's best climbers. The Italians are especially passionate about this mountain. At the end of our journey, we slept the night in El Chalten before making our steep trek up the side of the hills to our base camp at Laguna Torre, with Fitz Roy looming above us. We were lucky that in the four days of our trek, we had no clouds.

This photo was a tricky process in Photoshop, but I think I managed to bring out the various ranges of light which we saw on that windy road.

NIKON D90 1/250 second F/32.0 ISO 400 93 mm (35mm equiv.)

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john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Stunning! Bravo!

17 Dec 2009 9:20pm

Bill Laing from Pacific Northwest, United States

What a powerful image! Thanks for sharing it.

17 Dec 2009 9:40pm

Stu from Scotland | Residing in Kyoto, Japan

A breathtaking image, Barbara. Great lighting.

18 Dec 2009 4:37am

Benoit Darrieux from Tripoli, Lebanon

Impressive !!!

19 Dec 2009 6:35pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

May I invite you to my blog within some days...? I'm preparing the post of my patagonian trip, some years ago...(saving in a way argentic captures)

2 Feb 2010 5:44pm

1/250 second
ISO 400
93 mm (35mm equiv.)