January 18, 2016

Patagonia

After a week in Buenos Aires, we made our way to Patagonia. This region is easily one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth. As I mentioned in my last post, the only gear I took with me was my Canon camera body and one lens: my Sigma 24mm f/1.4 ART. While this may seem limiting, it was actually refreshing to not have to worry about grabbing different lenses to capture different moments. Rather, I used what I had and let the landscape speak for itself.

Calafate

We first flew 3 hours south to Calafate, a city in Patagonia. It was a small, interesting town nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains. We stayed in a hostel that was just a 10-minute walk from the town center. I was able to run some mornings all the way down to Lake Argentina. It was all so quiet and beautiful. It was the break I really needed from a busy year.

Christian David Photo Flight to Patagonia

Christian David Photo Patagonia El Catafate

Christian David Photo Patagonia Los Gnomos Hosteria

Christian David Photo Patagonia Los Gnomos Hosteria

Christian David Photo Cat in Patagonia

Christian David Photo Walking in Patagonia

Christian David Photo Trees in Patagonia

Christian David Photo Plains in Patagonia

Christian David Photo Sunset in Catafate Patagonia

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Our first night in Patagonia was December 31st. We got to go into the new year as a family in such an incredible place.

Christian David Photo El Calafate Sign Patagonia

Christian David Photo El Calafate Sign at Night in Patagonia

Perito Moreno

On the third day of the trip, we took a day trip to a glacier. It was a 2-hour bus ride up to Los Glaciares National Park, where we went to the Perito Moreno glacier. Once we got to the park, we took a ferry out to get closer to the glacier. After we got back, we all took a shot of Calafate, Patagonian liquor unique to this region of the world. It was an incredible experience.

Christian David Photo Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia

Christian David Photo Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia

Christian David Photo Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia

Christian David Photo Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia

Christian David Photo Perito Moreno Glacier Observation Center Patagonia

Christian David Photo Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia

Christian David Photo Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia

Christian David Photo Calafate Liquor Patagonia

Chalten and Mount Fitz Roy

Now this was the part of the entire trip that we were all most excited for. We drove 3 hours to a really small, climber town called Chalten. It is basically a glorified base camp for those wanting to ascend Mt. Fitz Roy. For context, Fitz Roy is the mountain that is pictured in the Patagonia clothing logo. It was a gorgeous hike up the mountain, and we stopped at an overlook to view Fitz Roy. We didn’t have the time or preparation to ascend the actual mountain, so we just took a hike up another one to get a better view.

It’s hard to describe what it was like to experience such a legendary view in person, so let’s just say it was breathtaking. We got there just in time, because cloud cover came and obstructed Fitz Roy just an hour after we had left. On the way back, we took a different hike and happened upon some actual woodpeckers low to the ground. I’ve never seen one before, so that was a neat experience.

Christian David Photo El Chalten Patagonia

Christian David Photo El Chalten Patagonia

Christian David Photo El Chalten Patagonia

Christian David Photo Fitz Roy Patagonia

Christian David Photo Fitz Roy Patagonia

Christian David Photo Chalten Patagonia Woodpeckers

Christian David Photo Chalten Patagonia Woodpeckers

Christian David Photo Fitz Roy Patagonia

Christian David Photo Fitz Roy Patagonia

Michael the Model

Like I said in my last post, my brother Michael often becomes a model for my shoots, whether he knows it or not.

Christian David Photo Fitz Roy Patagonia

Christian David Photo Mountains of Patagonia

Christian David Photo Chalten Patagonia

Christian David Photo Sendero el Fitz Roy Patagonia

Christian David Photo Mountains of Patagonia

Christian David Photo Perito Moreno Patagonia

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