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Patagonia Photo Tour Location: Perito Moreno Glacier

El_Calafate_Perito_Moreno_Observatio_deck_Patagonia_photography_tourAt the furthest end of the South American continent Patagonia host a wide variety of amazing photography locations. From blue glaciers, to mountain peaks and marine and terrestrial wildlife; Patagonia has many rich and diverse locations for landscape, wildlife and nature photographers. This is one of the great Patagonia locations we visit on the Patagonia photo tour.

Millions of years ago, this rough and semi arid ecosystem witnessed a drastic change with the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs. Paleontological digs are very common in Patagonia. They tell the story of earth’s ancient inhabitants, where giant dinosaurs roamed the land of what we now call the American continent. A testament of this can be found at the museum of Carmen Funes, in the province of Neuquén where,  the largest specimen of the dinosaur ever recorded (the Argentinosaurus), is on display.Museum Patagonia Dinosaurs

People from all over the world travel to Patagonia due to its beauty and unique topography. This is in part due to its magnificent peaks which create the longest continental mountain range best known as the Andes. The mountains extend for over 4,300 miles and journey from the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego all the way into western Venezuela.

Patagonia’s weather is very much defined by the Andes elevation, which functions as a barrier to the wet Westerlies winds that blow relentlessly from the South Pacific ocean. Tales about the ferocity of the Patagonian winds abound and are not to be taken lightly. Its wind gusts has been known to bend car doors as well as light posts.
The Andes mountains also delimit the border between the countries of Argentina and Chile, which share the Patagonia region, as well as some of very photogenic and unique national parks.

Perito Moreno Glacier:

El_Calafate_Perito_Moreno_water_route_Patagonia_photography_tourThe Perito Moreno glacier is by far one of the most exciting destinations in Patagonia. It’s located very close to the city of El Calafate in the Argentinean province of Santa Cruz. Contrary to many glaciers around the world, the scientific community has recorded the expansion of the Perito Moreno glacier in recent decades, despite global warming.
Ice breakups are a spectacle not to be missed and they usually occur during the summer months.

The glacier has an observation deck close to the waters of Lago Argentino. This scenic spot faces the lake and allows for a direct view of the ice giant just steps from land.
The glacier can also be accessed by foot and water. There are many reputable companies that organize boat expeditions around Lago Argentino. This is a perfect activity for a photography tour, since the park has many precious spots that can only be accessed by water.

El_Calafate_Perito_Moreno_walking_on_glacier_Patagonia_photography_tourWhilst both the deck and water excursions are well worth the journey to this location alone, the activity that in my opinion tops everything else, has to be the trek on top of the ice mass. It’s not everyday you have the chance to walk into a glacier!
The surface and some of its ice formation can be reached on ice walking treks which provide for fantastic photos. This is an absolute incredible adventure.
Tip: Leave the tripod at the hotel, It might be difficult to carry a lot of equipment on the icy adventure.

Patagonia Photo Tour Tip:

Clothing is important! bring shoes and clothing appropriate for ice walking. During summer, the abundance of water due to the higher temperatures might create very slippery paths.

I hope you’re planning a trip to South America. We organize Photography tours Patagonia which not only visits the Perito Moreno glacier but the Torres del Paine and Monte Leon national Parks.

Please consider joining us in our upcoming photo tour. We are local to South American and to Patagonia. All our staff is bilingual and are very passionate about their own photography. If you are planning a photography trip to South America, contact us.

Travel Photography Workshop

Travel Photography WorkshopLike with traditional photography classes and instruction, a travel photography workshop aims to enhance your skills throughout a specific journey. Its striking contrast relies on the location and how the travel photography workshop gets presented to its participants.
Check out our upcoming Photography tour 2017 and the Patagonia photography tour for 2018.

Travel Photography Workshop – Intensive learning In-situ

I for one like the idea of maximizing the instruction and teaching in just a few days. Research studies have shown that condensing material in a few short segments provides a better comprehension and absorption by the students.

A travel photography workshop works in a similar fashion:
A lot of information is condensed in just a few days, and its main advantage is experienced with the direct access to the instructors and the unique setting.
This is no small thing, since the possibility to incorporate new knowledge, and immediately utilize it on the field helps the learning process tremendously.

Observing Rather than Viewing in a travel photography workshop

The French microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur, known for the invention of Pasteurization, had a very interesting quote:

Fortune Favors the Prepared Mind

While on location, and sometimes due to the cultural distance and ethnology variation of our own culture, our eye and mind can observe things in a different and alternative way.  This is a great thing, but one that can only be advantageous to the “prepared mind” as Pasteur calls it. By developing your skills: understanding of light, composition, field of view, depth of field, perspective, color theory, etc. You can prepare your mind for anything you might encounter.

Traveling to a distant land can be a great opportunity to enhance these skills. The cultural distance and differences can trigger many ‘happy’ discoveries as a result of an alternative environment.

Weston_ExcusadoTake Edward Weston famous “Excusado” photograph from 1925. Weston took this picture in Mexico, and although the toilet is shown as a massive sculpture, Weston was truly fascinated with its design.
He himself had never lived in a house with internal plumbing while in the USA. This experience make him think about many other objects that possessed an inherit beauty that can only be revealed to the ‘prepared mind’.

Photography Location – Pucará de Tilcara, Jujuy

aPhotography locations - Pucará de TilcaraThere are some photography locations that are truly special and photogenic like no other. Perhaps some of its advantages rely on their continuity and lack of change, such as their landscape and climate, which might not vary over many centuries thus preserving its charm and unique characteristics. The following is a photography location like no other.

Photography Location – Pucará de Tilcara

In our photo tour through the Northwestern region of Argentina – Magical Argentina – we’ll travel to this incredible photography location: El Pucará de Tilcara. An historical site with vast anthropological and archeological significance, which dates back before the Spanish colonization of America.

Photography Locations - Pucará de TilcaraThe Pucará is a city fortification with pre-Inca origins, strategically located on top of a hill, with rich, majestic views over the surrounding valley and La Quebrada de Humahuaca ( an access route that provided  trade pathways to the Inca empire in the southern region. Currently a UNESCO protected site) This location was strategically chosen due to its access and its superior position against foreign invaders. Its history and constructions makes it a great photography location.

Photography Locations - Pucará de TilcaraTraces of human habitation in the area date back more than 10,000 years. The Inca domination of the area only lasted for about half a century, and ended with the arrival of the Spanish in 1536, who founded the modern town of Tilcara in 1586.

Photography Location for Soda Estereo

During 1985, the Argentinian rock band “Soda Estereo” used this unique photography location as the backdrop for their emblematic single “Cuando Pase el Temblor” (When the tremor subsides).

The contrast of the ancient landscape against the group’s Goth/Dark looks, highlighted by singer’s Gustavo Cerati aesthetics, produced a truly striking contrast between the electro/reaggea groove with sound patches of northwestern Argentina pan-flute phrases.

The song and its music video not only became an instant hit throughout Latin America, but as a convergence of modern art and ancient history playing together, in search of a new cultural identity.

Join us next December when we visit El Pucará de Tilcara as part of our photography tour excursion through the Norther Region of Argentina. This is a great photography location along our itinerary.

20 Spectacular Argentina Photography Places

Located in the South American Hemisphere,  Argentina presents a very diverse and topography rich environment filled with incredible photography places for light seekers and nature excursionist.
With the extraordinaire Andes mountainous barrier at one side, delimiting its international western boundary with Chile, and the Rio de la Plata and the South Atlantic ocean as its Eastern seaborne, many Argentina photography places present some diverse and unique characteristics unrivaled by other destinations in the world.

Here is a list of some highlights from its amazing photography places:

  1. Glaciar Perito Moreno, Santa Cruz

    Argentina Photography Places dramatic view of Glacier Perito Moreno - Santa Cruz, ArgentinaPhoto by Alejandro Ferrand

    The massive view is spectacular.  Some might catalog the immense mass of ice as a highlight for Argentina photography places in the Patagonia.
    El Glaciar Perito Moreno is part of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares which is also part of the Hielo Continental Patagónico (about 10563.31 miles) which is considered one of the most important sources of drinkable water in the world. Some 90% percent of this resource is located at glaciers, rivers, the Antarctic continent and Greenland.

    The glacier is by far one of the most visited sites in Argentina, specially photographers, and particularly in the Patagonia region. It’s possible to gain access to the glacier by either land or by water routes. So If you arrive with your own vehicle, you can follow Santa Cruz’s province route #15 from Calafate city for around 80 km, approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

  2. Catarátas del Iguazú, Misiones

    Iguazu_Falls_Argentina_photographic_placesPhoto by Ricardo Seco

    The Iguazú falls, without a doubt, is a unique natural spectacle that can’t be observed, quite like this, anywhere else in the world. This is by far, one of the best Argentina photography places you would find in the country and, according to many, in all South America.

    If you’re looking for the top Argentina photography places for nature and landscape photography, this can most definitely be one of the highlight of your photography journey.

    Following the course of the Iguazu river, the devil’s throat is perhaps the most spectacular view at the falls. The province of Misiones, on the northern east boundary of Argentina, shares its national limit with the countries of Brazil and Paraguay. Part of the falls can be accessed from the Brazilian side, but the most spectacular views can be observed from the Argentina’s side.

  3. Quebrada de las Conchas, Salta

    Quebrada de las Conchas, Salta Argentina photography placesPhoto by Diego Waisman

    The Shell’s Ravine at the province of Salta, close to the city of Cafayate, is of amazing beauty due to its panoramas and red rock formations. Some of the most celebrated sites around the ravine are the Amphitheater, the Devil’s throat and the Castles (Los Castillos) were millions of years of constant water and ice erosion gave way to some amazing shape and form to the rock formations in the ravine.
    This is a must destination for photographers, a worthy entry for our list of Argentina photography places, and part of our Photo Tours South America’s Argentina photography tour.

  4. Quebrada de las Flechas, Salta

    Argentina Photography places South_America_Argentina_Salta_Quebrada_flechasPhoto by Diego Waisman

    The Arrows Ravine can be visited while traveling at Route #40 on the Province of Salta. It connects the city of Cafayate and Cachi and its most characteristic feature is an extraordinary topology. Its particular shape and design dates to its origin about 15 to 20 millions of years ago, where massive blocks of stone started to raise due to the elevation of the Puna during the Precambrian era. Deep faults at the surface raised the rocks defining ridges resembling the arrows.

  5. Buenos Aires, CABA

    Buenos_Aires_CABA_Argentina_photographic_placesPhoto by Poonam Mimani

    Sometimes referred as the Paris of South America, the city of Buenos Aires has a long and rich cultural history. The vast immigration from Europe and Asia have created a cosmopolitan metropolis that prides itself as the cradle of Tango. Its cultural offerings are diverse and rich as well as its constant and ever evolving art scene.
    As with any mega metropolis, Buenos Aires is a perfect place for photography due to its rich architecture, cuisine and picturesque neighborhoods. It’s definitely a must destination thus, one of the most important Argentina photography places.

  6. Cerro Fitz Roy, Santa Cruz

    Argentina photographic places Mount Fitz Roy at sunrisePhoto by Dmitry Pichugin

    The Cerro Fitz Roy is a very famous mountain in the Patagonia region, at the border line between Argentina and Chile. It is located at the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, near El Chaltén village. It was first climbed in 1952 by French alpinists Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone, it remains among the most technically challenging mountains for mountaineers on Earth. Its spectacular vistas makes it a breathtaking sight and one of the many beautiful places in Argentina’s Patagonia region. This is one of the highlights of Argentina photography places to visit since every year thousands of climbers and photographers from all over the world do the pilgrimage during the summer, spring and fall southern months, to experience its unparalleled beauty. Little known fact: Patagonia clothing founder Yvon Chouinard used Cerro Fitz Roy as the basis for the company’s logo.

  7. Traslasierra, Córdoba

    Cerro_Champaqui_Traslasierra_Cordoba_Argentina_photography_placesPhoto by Pedro Bianchini

    The valley of Traslasierra in the province of Córdoba is about 2 hours west from the city of Córdoba through the high peak road (Camino de las Altas Cumbres) and it provides its visitors with exquisite beauty and unparalel calm. Known around the country for its exceptional weather and micro-climate, the Champaqui hill and valleys provide a unique moderated atmospheric characteristics for its population and as a tourist destination. Traslasierra is very fortunate due to its majestic views and panoramas and it’s a must for a stop as a relaxed spot on Argentina photography places.

  8. Sierra de la Ventana, Buenos Aires

    sierra_de_la_ventana_buenos_aires_Argentina_photography_placesPhoto by Maximiliano Millán

    About 373 miles from the city of Buenos Aires, and well inside the country side, La Sierra de la Ventana is bounded by the Laguna del Monte, Guaminí at its northwestern end and the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest. La Sierra de la Ventana lies on a precambrian base formed around 2.2 billion years ago. Its famous and incredible panoramas make it a worth stop for Argentina photography places we recommend. The ever green landscape and its rock formations make it an enjoyable journey for any traveling photographer.

  9. Quebrada de Humahuaca, Jujuy

    Quebrada de Humahuaca, Northern Argentina photography placesPhoto by Michel Piccaya

    La Quebrada de Humahuaca is a highly representative example of the Andean valleys, due to its exceptional system of communication routes and economic, social and cultural exchanges.
    This is the most important physical linkage between the high Andean lands and the extensive temperate plains in south-eastern South America. The ravine is defined by an extensive mountainous valley with an asymmetric profile that extends from North to South for over 34 miles. It can be found at the northwest of Argentina at the province of Jujuy.
    Its cultural heritage dates back 10,000 years and it’s very significant. It follows the major cultural route, the Camino del Inca, for the movement and transaction of goods for all the Andean region. Next December we are traveling to Jujuy on our first Argentina photo tour.

  10. Tilcara, Jujuy

    Argentina photographic places_Argentina_Jujuy_Tilcara4Photo by Diego Waisman

    In the heart of the Jujuy there’s a spot with magnificent vistas and vast cultural heritage close to La Quebrada de Humahuaca. El Pucará de Tilcara is an archaeological site from the indigenous tribes that inhabited the region. Its strategic orientation and vistas, from this ancient enclave, provided uninterrupted line on sight to all the access routes and transit areas surrounding the city. The archaeological value of this emplacement is tremendous. Thankfully it’s well preserved and a good excuse to be included on our list of Argentina photography places.

  11. Purmamarca, Jujuy

    Argentina photographic places_Jujuy_Purmamarca Photo by Diego Waisman

    Home of the hill with seven colors (La colina de siete colores) Purmamarca is definitely one of Argentina photography places to visit. Its cobbled streets are usually filled with local artisans, surrounding the main church, selling scarfs, ponchos and porcelain. It’s dry and sunny days are enjoyable for sight-seen, a perfect excuse to discover its colonial past. At night, many “peñas” (local signing parties) erupt on some of the many restaurants around this small town.

  12. Parque Nacional el Leoncito, San Juan

    Argentina Photography places Parque Nacional El Leoncito

    Parque Nacional el Leoncito (National Park Little Lion) lies at the southeast part of the province of San Juan. It’s was originally created back in 2001 through a national law and its extension is about 222147.75 acres. Inside, its diverse ecological diversity extends from Monte de Sierras and Bolsones to the Puna and Altos Andes. There are many scenic points at the park to observe majestic landscapes and wild life. It’s also a perfect Argentina photography places ideal for astronomy photography and to capture clear and pristine night skies.

  13. Tupungato, Mendoza

    Argentina Photography places Tupungato Mendozaphoto by Carlos Ortiz Fragalá

    Tupungato is on the northernmost sub-region of the Uco Valley in Mendoza. The region lies at the foot of the Mt Tupungato volcano, which, at 21,555ft high, is amongst the highest peaks in Argentina. The area produces one of the best wines in South America since their vineyard’s altitude brings clarity of light, water and air and moderates the high temperatures associated with lower latitudes. Utilizing the Andes mountain ridge as a background, Mendoza has a well deserves spot on our Argentina photography places list.

  14. Cafayate, Salta

    Argentina Photography Places Vineyard_CafayatePhoto by Diego Waisman

    About 120 miles from the capital of the Province of Salta, the city of Cafayate sits at 5,522 ft above mean sea level. The city is known around the world for its magnificent high-altitude wines, cuisine and the majestic ravines and topography surrounding the city. This is one the reasons why it makes it an indispensable jewel for Argentina photography places. Its friendly and down to earth approach makes anyone’s stay a comfortable experience on the Calchaquie’s valley.

  15. Bariloche, Rio Negro

    Argentina Photography Places Bariloche Rio NegroPhoto by Steffen Klemz

    The city of Bariloche in the province of Rio Negro might surprise you. Enclave at the shores of the lake Nahuel Huapi, its stunning vistas and beauty are like no other. At its birth, most of the buildings conforming the city were build out of wood and followed the classical alpine architecture style. This was due to its southern location and snow fall levels during the winter. Bariloche is also known as one of the best sky places in Argentina. The mountainous landscape and the amazing beauty of its lakes, as well as its surrounding national parks, makes it one of the Argentina photography places most interesting propositions.

  16. Parque Nacional Lago Puelo, Chubut

    Argentina Photography Places Lago Puelo ChubutPhoto by Matias Massaccesi

    The Parque Nacional Lago Puelo is located in the province of Chubut and its considered part of the Patagonic forest ecosystem. Among the different species that inhabit the park, the most impressive is the ciervo enano or pudu (dwarf deer) which is hard to track and seen, since it moves around park areas of difficult access. The beauty of the lake and the surrounding wild life makes Lago Puelo a spectacular festival for photographers and outdoor seekers. This is a must in our Argentina photography places list!

  17. Parque Nacional Los Alerces, Chubut

    Argentina Photography places Parque Nacional Los AlercesPhoto by Pedro Francisco Suarez

    Parque Nacional Los Alerces is located on the western side of Chubut province. One of the most amazing vistas of the park include its marvelous lakes that literally surround Parque Nacional Los Alerces.  To reach them it’s advised to travel through national route 259 and continue on route #71 (gravel) where it’s quite notorious the transition between the Patagonic steppe and the Andean forest. The flora and wild life are quite stunning and a perfect Argentina photography places addition.

  18. Valle de la Luna, San Juan

    Argentina Photography places Valle de la Luna, San JuanPhoto by Martin Marilungo

    Parque provincial de Ischigualasto or as it’s known to many: El Valle de la Luna (The Moon’s valley). The park is located at the northern part of the province of San Juan, in the Valle Fertil department. This department belongs to a protected area of 68,0451 acres, since its location is rich with dinosaurs and fossil remains. Scholars believe that its geological formations date from 200 and 250 millions of years old. Its landscape and rock topography makes it a great Argentina photography places to visit.

  19. El Chaltén, Santa Cruz

    Argentina Photographic places El ChaltenEl Chaltén is a small mountain village in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is located on the riverside of Rio de las Vueltas, inside Los Glaciares National Park (section Reserva Nacional Zona Viedma). it’s geographically close to the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains. El Chaltén offers some great views of the Andes and it’s a well-known starting point for mountain climbers.  It’s unique geography and location earns it a spot at our Argentina photography places interesting places to visit.

  20. Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia

    Argentina Photography Places Tierra del Fuego Ushuaia

    photo by Anna Gibiskys

    Tierra del Fuego is one of the busiest ports and adventure hubs of the Patagonia region. With a sliver of steep streets and jumbled buildings below the snow capped Martial Range, it provides a very picturesque portrait of how the end of the world looks like.
    Here, the Andes meets the famed Beagle Channel, proceeding before the city culminating in a sea of lapping currents.

    Many tourist and visitors reach Usuahia for a diverse activities: hiking, sailing, skiing, kayaking and even scuba diving, but regardless of its remote geographical location, there are plenty of photographic opportunities to the kind eye. A top 20 of this Argentina photographic places to visit.

Do you agree with our list ? What’s your top 5 Argentina photography places on your list ?



Travel Photography Portraits

Portrait of a young teenager of the Himba tribe, Namibia
Portrait by Michel Piccaya

Travel photography portraits are a great way to tell the story of any given culture. We’re re-posting an article that was not available online by photographer Jim Zuckerman that was first published at Pixiq website. Needless to say that we found it very interesting because it throws away the misconception of magical photo serendipity.
I have seen and heard many great travel photographers illustrate the same concept: You need to plan accordingly, and be ready in order to take a great photo.

It’s no secret that models and light need direction and sculpting. Both require knowledge thus is important you assume the director role while on location. A great travel photography portraits can sometimes be a more effective connection with the audience, than a landscape or candid photo.

Here’s the original post reproduced here:

Guaranteed results with careful planning

Travel photography is often frustrating because you can’t always be in the right place at the right time with the right lighting. What usually happens, though, is you breeze in and out of a village or town relying on serendipity to get good shots.  This is not the way to do it.

I learned a long time ago that it takes forethought and planning to guarantee great pictures of people in other cultures.  Sure, serendipity does happen sometimes where everything comes together as a pleasant surprise.  We all know, however, that this doesn’t happen often.

Therefore, when I travel to a place like Africa, I make a list of the types of images I want to take in tribal environments.  For example, my preconceived idea list when I took a photo tour group to Namibia looked like this:

  •  Silhouette of Bushman archer in tall grass
  • Bushmen hunting party
  • Silhouette of Bushmen against large sun
  • Himba family in sunset lighting walking toward the camera
  • Himba girls dancing

To get these kinds of shots, I have to wear a director’s hat and set these images up.  I use my local guide to arrange the time of day (usually sunrise or sunset), the location (which I have scouted), and I always select the models to make sure they are the kind of people I want to photograph. The fee is negotiated before the actual shoot, of course.

At the appointed time, through a tribal interpreter, I direct the action.  For example, I’ll tell a mother with children to walk to the camera from a particular place.  I instruct them to forget about the cameras and to pretend we are not there.  Or I will tell a group of Bushmen exactly how to stand, look, crouch, or aim a bow.  In this way, I get perfect pictures for my photo tour group and me.