Torres del Paine from the Explora Hotel grounds, Patagonia
I hope I don't bore you with my memories of the Explora Hotels where I stayed while on a job in Chile last year. If you're flying with Qantas this month, you will see a number of my shots in the in-flight magazine, but not this one. I hope I don't get into trouble with the editor because the version I sent her was a little less refined than this final version. Just a matter of having time to process everything...
However, Bruce Pottinger from L&P Digital Photographic will be happy because he lent me the Phase One IQ250 back to take it. L&P distributes the Phase One medium format system in Australia. I had in mind a number of night shots, but weather and location limited me to one night - this particular night.
And it wasn't a bad night. After a sumptuous meal, I walked back up to my room to grab my camera. The view from my room was almost identical to this and some writers have said, the views from the Explora Hotel rooms are equal to the best in the world.
I walked around 200 metres from the hotel, up a little hill and over the other side. This shielded me from most of the artificial light from my residence. In the original file, there is still some red coloration in the middle ground which was from the hotel lights, but in the final rendition above, I have disguised this.
It wasn't a completely clear night, but the clouds that remained for the 2 minute exposure swirled exquisitely around the mountain tops. ISO 3200, f5.6, using my 23mm Rodenstock wide-angle lens.
If you're interested in seeing how the image was transformed from the raw file conversion to the final edit using Photoshop, I've posted a short video on YouTube. You can open it up quickly by clicking here.
I am looking at putting together a tour to the Atacama Desert and Patagonia in 2016 with the Explora Hotel chain. This will be high class living with amazing photography opportunities. If you're interested in letting me know, please send me an email. If I don't get any emails, I won't take it any further, but if there's interest from half a dozen or so photographers, I can guarantee you a trip you'll never forget! ([email protected]).