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Journey to a place where epic meets awesome. 

Nothing quickens the pulse like a swift and sudden sunrise, the first tint of gold on ancient stone sentinels, and the sound of distant avalanches crashing down icy slopes. The scenery of Patagonia is otherworldly, with stunning mountains piercing the heavens, a massive ice field spawning hundreds of glaciers, and deep mountain lakes filled with cold clean water as blue as the sky. Patagonia is a land of superlatives; it is a land of awe-inspiring moments and sudden exclamations of “OMG—that is so beautiful!” Eternal Patagonia seems to never change, but no one who visits ever stays the same.

Few places on Earth are its equal. Fewer still are those photographers up to the challenge of telling the story of this amazing landscape. Do you have what it takes?

 

2017 Ultimate Patagonia Photo Tours 

April 2-13, 2017 (tour leader: Richard Bernabe)  FULL

November 5-16, 2017 (tour leader: Richard Bernabe)

Cost: $5995 USD (includes double occupancy lodging and transport during workshop; single lodging supplement $1000 USD)

 

Deposit: A $300 USD non-refundable deposit is required to secure your reservation on this tour

Class Size: 12 
Highlights: Patagonia, a land of jagged peaks, towering blue glaciers, and wind-swept plains, is one of the most breathtaking places on the planet. The mountains of Patagonia are among the world’s most inspiring.

Registration

To register or to be placed on the wait list, or if you have any questions, please email our operations manager Daniel Portal (dportal@gmail.com). Please check with us before purchasing airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed. We also highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.  

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The Destination

The beating heart of Patagonia, Los Glaciares National Park—the famous Fitz Roy area—is one of our primary destinations for this photo adventure of a lifetime. While there, we'll seek locations with stunning views of Fitz Roy and jagged Cerro Torre, the two main peaks in the region. In addition to photographing the mountains, we will visit nearby glaciers for stunning views of tons of compressed blue glacial ice, and photograph several beautiful waterfalls as well.

Our second primary destination is stunning Torres del Paines National Park of Chile, home to the famous Horns and Towers of Paine, jagged mountain peaks with distinctive shapes. While in Paine, we'll also get chances to photograph vast herds of wild guanacos (similar to llamas), austral flamingos, and other charasmatic Patagonian wildlife.

Few people know this area as well as we do, and we promise to bring you to the best locations, with the best light that is offered to us during our trip. You'll come away with images you've always dreamed of making! 

Patagonia Photo Tour

Here's our general schedule, including a list of the photographic highlights we will see along the way:

Day 1—Participants arrive in El Calafate, Argentina. We have a short introductory meeting, and head out for dinner as a group.

Day 2—We travel by private bus to the world-famous Perito Moreno Glacier. This immense wall of ice will blow your senses. We’ll spend the afternoon hoping to catch shots of giant blocks of ice calving off the glacier.

Day 3 through Day 6—On Day 3 we transfer via private bus to El Chalten, Argentina. After arriving in the late morning, we check into our hotel. We stay in the El Chalten area for several days, visiting several stunning locations with scenic views of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, and other scenic attractions including waterfalls and a deep desert canyon.

Day 7 through Day 11—After the morning shoot in Chalten on Day 7, we travel to Torres del Paine in Chile. Our hotel is located in the heart of this beautiful scenic area. We’ll shooting stunning scenery and wildlife. After the sunrise shoot on Day 11, we transfer back to El Calafate, Argentina. After having dinner as a group, we officially conclude the workshop.

Day 12—Participants depart on international flights.

Curriculum

We will teach a variety of techniques that will allow you to advance both your technical skills and artistic vision. We focus on a number of professional field techniques to help you create incredible nature images, including working with dramatic light; the fundamentals of powerful compositions; and abstract techniques for creating artistic photographs. In addition, we'll explore a number of artistic philosophies that will help you find your own personal photographic vision. Whenever there is "down time" during the middle of the day when the light is not conducive to making good images, we'll organize impromptu classroom sessions where we demonstrate a number of digital darkroom techniques, using images taken by participants during the workshop. This way, you not only learn a number of useful processing tips, but you get to see your images taken to their fullest potential. At all times during the workshop we are available for informal one-on-one image critique.  

Focus on making great images

Unlike some other workshops, we don't have a set itinerary. Our goal is to make sure participants get the best photographs possible, and therefore we stay flexible and determine our day-by-day shooting schedule depending on the weather and other local conditions. This way, we can go to a location when conditions are best to optimize our chances of getting great photographs.  

Getting there

The workshop begins and ends in El Calafate, Argentina (airport code FTE). Most travelers reach Calafate via Buenos Aires. We are happy to assist you in making travel arrangements.

Physical requirements

While most shooting locations can be reached by road, we will do some hiking on this workshop. Hikes will typically be easy to moderate in difficulty, and will be less than a mile one way, but a few hikes may involve some moderate elevation gain and require travel over rocky terrain. Decent physical fitness will certainly facilitate your enjoyment of this workshop. Every participant must complete and sign a standard liability waiver and medical form before participating in this workshop. Note: we are NOT at high elevation at any time during this workshop. 

What's included

Photography instruction; double occupancy lodging (single supplement $1000); local transportation during workshop; entrance fees, guide fees, guide tips, breakfasts, and certain scheduled lunches.

What's not included

Airfare to and from the workshop; transfer from airport to hotel, any applicable visa fees and local airport taxes, most lunches and dinners.

Deposit, tuition, and cancellation policy

A non-refundable deposit of $300 USD is required to secure a space on this tour. Final payment is due 90 days before the tour starts. If you wish to cancel after final payment has been made, our refund policy is stated below:

  • Between 90 and 30 days: 25% refund (minus your initial deposit)

  • Less than 30 days and no-shows: 0% refund

If we can find another customer to take your place, we will give you a 100% refund (minus your initial deposit).

To register, or if you have any questions, please email our logistics manager Daniel Portal (dportal@gmail.com).

 

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