Patagonia Photography

Amazing Patagonia PhotographyIf you ask a serious photographer where he wants to go to, one of the top 5 answers would be Patagonia. Patagonia is one of the most beautiful places in the whole world and capturing it in print is definitely a thrill all serious photographers want to do in their lifetime.

Patagonia is a truly unique spot in the world. Located in South America, it has the distinction of being shared by two well-known regions- Argentina and Chile. It has two coasts, the west part facing the Pacific Ocean, and the western one facing the Atlantic Ocean.

When you go to a new place, there are probably two or three really gorgeous tourist attractions that people flock to. Patagonia is another animal altogether. There are more than a few truly spectacular places that travellers go to. These places are almost magical to see. Photographers do not have to work hard in finding amazing shots in Patagonia.

Torres del Paine - Patagonia PhotographAmong the top places to visit and photograph when in Patagonia is the Torres del Paine National Park. The 242,000 hectare park sits in the region of Chile and is a popular hiking destination for those who love the outdoors and enjoy beautiful scenic routes. The park is known for its mosaic of towering mountains,e lectric blue ice fields, and golden low lands. There are five other national parks in Patagonia namely, Los Glacieras in Argentina, Nahuel Huapi in Argentina, Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, Laguna San Rafael in Chile, and Alberto de Agustini in Chile. All these parks are unique in their own way and showcase fantastic views and well-known landmarks.

Perito Moreno Glacier - Patagonia

“155 – Glacier Perito Moreno – Panorama de la partie nord – Janvier 2010” by Martin St-Amant (S23678) – Own work (Martin St-Amant). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Perito Moreno Glacier, part of the Los Glacieras National Park in Argentina is touted to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Measuring about 30 kilometers long, 5 kilometers wide, and 60 meter high, this is the third largest freshwater reserve in the entire world. The glaciers are constantly moving which is fascinating to watch. There is an observation deck strategically placed for visitors to observe the floating icebergs. It is a great place to take a photo, but for the more daring photographers who want an even closer shot, they can actually walk on the ice wearing cleats.

Also near the Moreno Glacier, within the Glacieras National Park is the Fitzroy. There are several peaks that climbers often visit at certain times of the year, but the Fitzroy is one of the most breathtaking mountains that there is. It is more than 3,000 meters high with challenging weather conditions and rocky terrain going uphill. However, mountaineers who brave this peak are rewarded with spectacular views atop the icy pinnacle.

 

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Patagonica Artistry!

We love artistic photography of all types. Here we have an amazing feather headdress reminiscent of early South American natives. Just look at the Patagonia backdrop, though – stunning! And the model is not too shabby, either. She is an exclusive Aureus Arts model who displays both the clothing and the scenery to perfection.

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Magellan Penguins - Photo Opportunity in Patagonia

“149 – Cap Virgenes – Manchot de Magellan – Janvier 2010” by Martin St-Amant (S23678) – Own work (Martin St-Amant). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

One may not always think of penguins when someone mentions South America, but there is a special spot in the Chubut Province in Argentina that visitors frequent to see penguins by the thousands. Punta Tombo is a 3 kilometer long peninsula that Magellanic penguins migrate to to incubate their eggs. These penguins arrive between September and April and are protected by an official decree. The penguins guard their eggs protectively from other sea birds and animals, but if one is very careful, visitors can take memorable and stunning photographs of these animals in their natural habitat.

If whales are more your thing, then Puerto Madryn is the place to be. The small town of Puerto Madryn is known all over the world for the whales that come to its shores from June to December. In the earlier months, one can see whales in the southern end of the bay. It moves closer to the north in the later months. Many times, travellers can see young whales as close as twenty feet from the shoreline. If you are quick with your camera, you can catch amazing photos of these magnificent whales.

Upsala Glacier, Patagonia

“Upsala Glacier” by Calyponte – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Commons

There are a lot more truly exquisite places one can visit in Patagonia like Laguna Torre, the Escorial, San Martin delos Andes, Copahue Provincial Park, and the Andes Mountain Waterfalls just to name a few. There are cruises that you can take that will bring you to other exquisite places like the Upsala Glacier. It can cost a pretty penny but takers of the cruise all say that it is well worth it.

Photographers planning to take a trip to Patagonia should plan well so they can maximize their trip. There are certain months that are better to visit, depending on where you are planning to go. Since many of these areas are cold and wet, be sure to dress properly and have waterproof bags to protect your camera gear. Mingling with the locals there will not only help you find the hidden gems in the city, but enhance your over-all experience of Patagonia as well.