How To: Plan the Perfect Trek to Patagonia

Welcome to a land of awe-inspiring mountains, jaw-dropping glaciers, and stunning wilderness.

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THE ANDES FROM PASO DEL CUADRADO
The author did an overnight backpack to a high mountain camp and climbed a glacier to reach this pass in time for sunrise. He used a tripod-steadied Canon EOS 5D Mark II with 24–105mm f/4L Canon EF lens to make the 8-sec exposure at f/16 through a 2-stop split ND filter, ISO 50.
Ian Plant
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VIEDMA GLACIER
Ian Plant backpacked for three days to reach a 2,000-foot cliff above Lago Viedma, then handheld his Canon EOS 5D Mark II with 24–105mm f/4L Canon EF lens in gale-force winds to make the exposure of 1/125 sec at f/11. Easier way to see the glacier: a boat tour.
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LENGA FOREST, RIO ELÉCTRICO TRAIL
Plant combined two exposures for shadow and highlight detail, blending in a blurred copy to soften the light. Tripod-mounted EOS 5D Mark II with 17–40mm f/4L Canon EF lens; bracketed around 1 sec at f/13, ISO 50.
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LAGUNA DE LOS TRES BELOW MONTE FITZ ROY
Small aperture, f/16, created a diffraction star around the sun. Same gear as above; 1/100 sec at ISO 100.
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ICEBERG BELOW CERRO TORRE
The author used an overall 5-stop ND filter to blur the moving clouds, plus a 2-stop split ND to balance the sky and water exposure. Same rig as opposite on a tripod, 10 sec at f/16, ISO 100.
Ian Plant