PATAGONIA LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 2020

 

 BARILOCHE - EL CHALTEN  - PERITO MORENO GLACIER  

 

MIRADOR MUSINGMIRADOR MUSINGMIRADOR
This is an image taken of the view just outside our base camp at Poisonet El Chalten. This morning of the 10th day of the Landscape Photography workshop that I headed in Patagponia with year was a special morning. A pieceful time and amazing experience to have shared this view with the partipants (now close friends) that accompanied me on this amazing trip. Although i usually prefer dramatic landscapes with dark clouds and storms, it has a special place for me in my heart. To see Mt Fitzroy in all its glory.
Thanks again for all your support Kase Filters Europe, Ricoh Imaging, Sirui Tripods Italy, all the participants of the workshop and Kawen Expeditions. Without you this memory will be with me forever.
UNTIL NEXT YEAR FOR THE 2020 WORKSHOP

 

After the huge success of our 2019 Workshop in Argentina’s Patagonia, April 2020 awaits for another workshop in this incredible land. This time we have made some changes to make the experience even more breathtaking. So read on further to see what will come out of this new workshop experience that only we can provide to landscape photographers coming to this area.

 

1ST-13TH APRIL                              BOOK NOW
 

PRICE: $3750USD

 

Matt Bishop together with his long time close friend and local Patagonian guide Federico Lucas Miro of Kawen Expeditions will take you into landscapes that you never thought possible and this time we will have our special guest photographer, Mr Ed Rhodes, landscape photographer with knowledge of the area and invaluable experience as a landscape and travel photographer.

This incredible Overland Trip is designed for enthusiast landscape/nature photographers that are looking for a unique and adventurous photography experience in Patagonia guided by local knowledge and passion for the region, while traveling together as a group to guarantee the best opportunity to capture that ‘epic’ scene.

The Ruta 40 (National Route 40) is the backbone of this spectacular region and we begin the traverse of this immense road network in San Carlos de Bariloche, nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, and the heart of the Patagonian Lake District. This vast mountainous region is landed with uncountable lakes, rivers and matted dense evergreen forest.

Our overland adventure will take us over endless plains where the views are simply lost on the horizon. This is an area chosen by the original pre-Hispanic settlers to leave their trace in beautiful cave-art. Today it’s solitary inhabitants live surrounded by nature’s harshest elements.

On our way Federico will explain the history and nature of the area and Matt and Ed will guide the group right in front of the most impressive photogenic landscapes of Patagonia to ensure that perfect photograph. Together our knowledge for the area is like no other workshop in this region. We will take you to many locations that no other photographer even knows exists. This workshop is held at the best time of the year when autumn gives us unique light and colours.

 


 

OVERVIEW 

 

April 1st: Arrival at San Carlos de Bariloche/Enchanted Valley

April 2nd: Enchanted Valley/Bariloche

April 3rd: Bariloche Highlights

April 4th: Bariloche/Piedra Parada.

April 5th: Piedra Parada / Perito Moreno Town.

April 6th: Perito Moreno Town / Cueva de las Manos / Hotel Las Horquetas.

April 7th: Hotel Las Horquetas / El Chaltén.

April 8th: El Chaltén - Hike & Base Camp – Fitz Roy Mountain.

April 9th: El Chaltén - Hike & Base Camp – Fitz Roy Mountain.

April 10th: El Chaltén - Hike & Base Camp – Cerro Torre Mountain.

April 11th: El Chaltén - Hike/ El Calafate.

April 12th: El Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier)

April 13th: El Calafate – Airport/departure to Buenos Aires.

 


 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Discover the history and nature of Patagonia.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS: Morning and afternoon sessions on specific locations.
  • Highlights of Bariloche, with its world famous landscapes and those hidden ones.
  • Piedra Parada Geological Site.
  • Cueva de las Manos and Río Pinturas Canyon. UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Los Glaciares National Park. UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Hiking and Mountain Photography at El Chaltén/Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.
  • Perito Moreno Glacier 

 


 

WORKSHOP TECHNIQUES

 

  • Fundamentals of in camera settings.
  • Workshop for all levels of experience
  • Understanding creative composition for fine art photography (Matt Bishop)
  • The use of photographic accessories to maximize the best image possible.
  • On field instruction and hands on use of a variety of high grade ND and polarizing filters and holders.
  • Workflow for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, with 6 hrs of exclusive workflow tutorials by Enrico Fossati
  • Group Photo Critique.
  • Shooting images for stock photography (Ed Rhodes).

 


 

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 

This is an active Overland and Photography Workshop.

In order to reach the location for some of the Photo Sessions you will have to do a moderate hike for more than 2 hours. In addition to this, we will do a Hike and Photo Exploration that will take you out into the wilderness for 4 days and 3 nights in base camp. Every day in El Chaltén there will be moderate 5 hours hikes with 1 optional strenuous 3 hours hike.

 

Please ask for the Recommended Check-List of Gear, Clothing and Photography Equipment.

 


 

TRIP ITINERARY

 

APRIL 1st: SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE/ENCHANTED VALLEY

FLAME TREESFLAME TREESDay 2. Patagonia Overland Landscape Photography Workshop
This is an image taken from our second day on the workshop I lead in Patagonia this April.
As far as I know this location up until now has not been photographed by professional photographers due to its isolated and secluded location. Thankfully enough on this morning there was not wind so we were able to capture perfection reflection of the autumn Poplar trees in full colour.
PENTAX K1 – DFA 15-30 LENS KASE 150 CPL FILTER SIRUI WS2004 TRIPOD
In collaboration with Kawen Expeditions

Arrival at Bariloche Airport ready to start our photography adventure in Patagonia. The group will meet up prior to midday at Bariloche Airport and we will make the transfer in our private mini bus to our first secluded location, The Enchanted Valley. After an hours drive we will make a river crossing on boat to reach first nights accommodation in a very unique bio-ranch. Here we will commence a group introduction prior to tackling our first location at sunset. Afterwards we will toast to our great adventure together during the Welcome dinner by an open fireplace with a bottle of Mendoza wine.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* - DBL room w/bathroom.

Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner.

 

APRIL 2nd: ENCHANTED VALLEY/BARILOCHE

After an early morning photo session and breakfast, at this amazing setting we drive into Bariloche Town. Here we will arrive at our hotel, freshen up and dedicate some time for debriefing and post production lectures. For lunch today we will head to a local microbrewery where we can have a tasting of some beers and fresh cuisine, and opt for a free afternoon to visit this beautiful town and its surrounds. According to the light and conditions we will have an evening photo shoot in one of Bariloche's many scenic locations.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel Shared DBL

Meals: Breakfast and box lunch.

 

APRIL 3rd: BARILOCHE HIGHLIGHTS

GLOWING INTO CALMGLOWING INTO CALMDAY 3. PATAGONIA OVERLAND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
This is an image taken from our scouted out location from day 3 of our workshop. This image was taken a few days prior to taking the group out as on the day conditions werent the best. This area of Central Patagonia is so rich in nature and it is amazing how places like this arent visited by landscape photographers as yet.
On this particular morning my friend and guide Federico took me here to show the potential of such locations. We were lucky enough to have the sun rise just shine on to the mountain peak and within seconds the wind changed and conditions were entirely different.
PENTAX K1. KASE K150 FILTERS SIRUI W2004 TRIPOD
In collaboration with Kawen Expeditions and Kase Filters Europe.

 

After an early morning photo session at one of Barilcohe's intimate lakes we continue with a stop at the very famous panoramic view from Campanario Hill. During this excursion, our guide will explain us how this little mountain village has evolved into one of the most attractive cities in Patagonia and the National Capital of Adventure Tourism.  The tour continues with a nature-oriented walk through an impressive native forest in order to reach our next photo stop with an intimate view of the lakes and mountains. At midday we will stop for lunch before returning to our hotel.

This afternoon we will catch the sunset from a different perspective than yesterday

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel Shared DBL

Meals: Breakfast and box lunch.

 

APRIL 4th: BARILOCHE/PIEDRA PARADA    364km– 6 hours

 

After an early morning photo shoot on a secret location to reveal we depart after breakfast to take the Ruta 40 South, driving beside blue lakes and jagged mountains. The road goes along fertile valleys and small villages. After almost 4 hours, we leave the Ruta 40 to take a detour off the main road to reach our destination at the amazing geological site: Piedra Parada and La Buitrera Canyon. The landscapes along this road become dry and it is the prelude of the fantastic rock formation system where we will enjoy our next PHOTO SESSIONS. We have a gourmet picnic lunch on the road to arrive there with time to explore the area during the afternoon. Piedra Parada Formation is an ancient volcanic caldera in the middle of the Patagonian Plateau, encompassed by a phenomenal landscape in the semi-desert steppe region. This narrow canyon is considered a new rock climbing paradise and it is place full of possibilities for great pictures.

Accommodation: we stay in a Farm with very cozy rooms (for 2, 3 and 4 people) and shared bathrooms.

Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner.

 

APRIL 5th: PIEDRA PARADA / PERITO MORENO TOWN:  640 km 8 hours

After breakfast we leave for the longest ride of the trip that goes through sheep farming country, tiny countryside towns and endless plains. Today we have time to talk with our trip partners, listen to music, discuss about photography and take the best “mate-tea” lesson!!! We will have a box-lunch on the road in order to arrive to our next destination late afternoon.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* - DBL room w/bathroom.

Meals: breakfast and lunch.

 

APRIL 6th: PERITO MORENO TOWN / CUEVA DE LAS MANOS: 118km, 2 hours

canyon, argenina, "cueva de las manos", "UNESCO", "world Heritage", "matt bishop photography", "ruta 40", "route 40", "cave of hands"Canyon's of Cueva de las ManosSubmerging canyons of Patagonia's Cueva de las Manos National Park UNESCO world heritage site.

 CUEVA DE LAS MANOS/ LAS HORQUETAS: 47km, 1 hour

Today we will visit the impressive Río Pinturas Canyon and the Cueva de las Manos Archeological Site. This is a Unesco World Heritage Site where Ancient Cultures left their art expression 9.000 years ago.

This segment of the Ruta 40 is one of the most colorful of the trip. We will have chances to enjoy the canyon and the road with the morning and afternoon light, while quickly stopping the van to shoot Guanacos and Condors. Then we continue to our next destination at Las Horquetas, a little hotel in the middle of nowhere.


Accommodation: Road-side Hotel - DBL room w/bathroom.
Meals: breakfast, lunch & Dinner

 

APRIL 7thLAS HORQUETAS/ EL CHALTEN: 523 km, 6,30 hours

Today we also have a long drive, we leave after breakfast and possible photo session and we will drive along the most remote and dramatic segment of the Ruta 40. No man’s land, wildlife such as guanacos, rheas, hawks and eagles are the true inhabitants. On the way we will have the chance to enjoy the remoteness of this place, long straits roads, the turquoise Lake Cardiel and arriving to our next destination we hope the best to be blest with the most famous Patagonian Mountain Silhouette, Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre massif, on the way to our final destination at El Chaltén. If time permits we will have the possibility to photography one of El Chalten's Icon views of The Fitzroy silhouette. This evening we will sleep in a very comfortable hotel where we can freshen up, recharge our camera batteries and empty our SD cards in preparation for the following days in the mountains.

 

Accommodation: Hotel 3* - DBL room w/bathroom.

Meals: breakfast, lunch.

 

APRIL 8th: EL CHALTEN – LOS GLACIERAS NATIONAL PARK:

GLACIAR NIEBLAGLACIAR NIEBLAPiedra Blanca

This morning in El Chalten town to heavy snow. No hikers or photographer left for the mountains on this day. We risks it, gathered our gear and hiked toward base camp at the base of Fitzroy Mountain. Hiking through the snow was tough work. All our clothes, shoes and gear got soaked as we pushed on to our destination. As tough as it was, being alone and feeling the solitude of these moutains and surronds scenery and the still air as it snowed upon as was a memory never to forget.
Along our way through the trees we came across this beautiful vista of Piedras Blancas Glacier in all its glory. I shot this image with the Pentax dfa 70-200 lens, and am just blown away by the results. So true to colour and tack sharp. It was worth carrying this heavy 2.8 lens up with me for sure. Thanks to Ricoh Imaging Europe for their support.
In collaboration with Kawen Expeditions, Ricoh Imaging, Kase Filters Europe and Sirui Tripods Italy.

We start the day before breakfast, leaving early for a sunrise photo session of the Fitz Roy Masiff, we go back to have breakfast at the hotel and have final check of our gear and leave extra clothing for daily changes and toiletries with our mountain porter. After meeting our local Mountain guide we will depart for our next photo adventure.

During next 3 ½ days we will be camping and hiking around 5 to 6 hours a day, in order to photograph some of the world famous panoramic view points of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre mountains, as well as performing sunrise and sunsets photo sessions on specific (photogenic) sites of the area. Not only do we have our local mountain guide that can take us to locations that only they know best, but to guarantee that we photograph under the right light, we stay on Base Camps sites where required provisions will be set up for us by mountaineers at two special locations. Very few workshops provide this service for photographers and we know how important it is to be on location to evaluate the best timing to capture the right light. The hiking here is some of the most rewarding in the world. During the following days the Photo Sessions will be focused on different views and light conditions of the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Massif. The order of the hikes and photo sessions may change according to weather conditions.

 

After a short bus ride, we will start the hike from El Pilar to Poincent Base Camp. The hike goes through a Patagonian Beech Tree Forest. On the way we will enjoy views of Piedras Blancas Glacier, Cerro Eléctrico and Cerro Chaltén (Mount Fitz Roy). After a 6 hour hike up to our base camp at Poisnet  we will be greated to our shared tents already for us, and a communal igloo tent where our personal chef will provide us with warm cooked meals and drinks. Hike to Laguna de los tres or Laguna Sucia.

Accommodation: at Poincenot Base Camp. 1 tent each 2 people. Dry toilet.

Meals: breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

         

APRIL 9th  LOS GLACIERAS NATIONAL PARK:

MOUNTAIN THAT MAKES SMOKEMOUNTAIN THAT MAKES SMOKEMOUNTAIN THAT MAKES SMOKE

Day 9. Landscape Photography Workshop Patagonia – Poincenot Base Camp El Chalten.

After a tough hike alone under the snow storm and a rough sleep with wet clothes this morning we awoke from camp to have this view teasing us through the trees. It wasn’t long before Fitzroy was glowing from the morning sun, and moments later disappeared. Just giving us time to set up for a composition. A very unexpected emotion for all participants to have this view so close to camp, and to have it all to ourselves, a very unique experience for this area.

Image taken with a Pentax K1 – 15-30 lens, Kase 150mm CPL and Sirui W2004 Tripod.

ISO 100. F13. 0.5 sec. 15mm. Photoshop for editing.

We start the day before breakfast leaving early for a sunrise photo session of the Fitz Roy Masiff. Then we return to base camp to have breakfast before another day hike. Hike to Laguna de los tres or Laguna Sucia. We end up the day with another sunset photo session such as The Secret Falls.

Accommodation: at Poincenot Base Camp. 1 tent each 2 people. Dry toilet.

Meals: breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

           

 

APRIL 10th  LOS GLACIERAS NATIONAL PARK:

TOWER LAKETOWER LAKEThis is an image taken of Lago Torre at El Chalten on the 11th morning of the Patagonian Landscape Workshop that I headed this April. This was the last morning prior out descent down to El Chalten town for departure to Perito Moreno Glacier. The stormy light formation on this morning was perfect and with my wide angle lens broken i opted for the Pentax 24-70 with the Kase Wolverine 100mm kit and CPL to cut into that unwanted light.
Soon we will be announcing places for the 2020 Workshop please follow me for future news at: www.mattbishopphotography.com or via my facebook page.
In collaboration with Kawen Expeditions, Kase Filters Eu, Ricoh Imaging Eu & Sirui Tripods Italy.

We start the day before breakfast leaving early for a sunrise photo session of the Fitz Roy Masiff. Then we return to base camp to have breakfast before another day hike. Today we hike from Poincenot Base Camp to our next Base Camp at Laguna Torre passing through Lagunas Madre e Hija and changing valleys. We end the day with another sunset photo session.

Accommodation: at Laguna Torre Base Camp. 1 tent each 2 people. Dry toilet.

Meals: breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

 

APRIL 11th EL CHALTEN / EL CALAFATE: 220km, 3 hours

Cerro TowersCerro TowersCERRO TORRE
On this evening of the 10th day of our workshop although conditions weren’t perfectly ideal for those wide angle landscape shots, a nice intimate shot with the almighty pentax 70-200 lens paid off quite well with this burst light hitting the back of Cerro Torre. So surprised how beautiful this lens is on the Pentax K1. So quick to focus and sharp.
Pentax K1. Kase 100 Slim filter holder. Sirui W 2004 tripod. Kawen Expeditions.

 

We start the day before breakfast leaving early for a sunrise photo session of Laguna Torre. Then we return to base camp to have breakfast before another hike. Today we hike from Laguna Torre back to El Chalten arriving after lunch. Meals: breakfast, box-lunch.

 

In the afternoon we get back on the bus to go to our next destination at El Calafate. This road is very colourful and we will be surprised with the turquoise colour of the Lakes Viedma and Argentino as well as La Leona and Santa Cruz glacial rivers.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* - DBL room w/bathroom.

 

APRIL12th  EL CALAFATE – PERITO MORENO GLACIER:

“perito Moreno glacier”, “perito Moreno”, glacier, Patagonia, “santa cruz”, “matt bishop photography”, icePRELATION OF MORENOPerito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina.
The 250 km2 (97 sq mi) ice formation, and 30 km (19 mi) in length is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. Named after the explorer Francisco Moreno, the glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is growing. The reason remains debated by glaciologists.

After breakfast we will drive towards the Andes Mountains to spend the day visiting Los Glaciares National Park’s most famous sight – the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier. We will walk the walkways from balcony to balcony in front of the glacier, which no words will be apt to describe, as we anticipate seeing calving and hearing the thunderous sound that follows! Suggest doing the optional boat trip (not included) in front of the glacier for the complete experience of one of nature’s natural wonders.  Back in town we will have our Farewell Dinner. 

Accommodation: Hotel 3* - DBL room w/bathroom.

Meals: breakfast.

 

 

 

 

APRIL 13th: EL CALAFATE/TRIP END:

Today our travel experience in Patagonia is about to end. After breakfast, if time prevails we will have our last group photo presentation at the hotel for critique and final post production workflow discussion.

We will assist you with Airport Transfer arrangements (NOT included in price).

Meals: breakfast.

 


 

TOTAL PRICE $3750USD   

 

What’s include:

  • Professional Tour Leader and Local Guides.
  • Photography Leader and Photography Workshop.
  • Private van with driver.
  • Entrance fees to National Parks and Sites.
  • During Hike & Photo: Porter for personal gear (up to 5 kg) NOT for PHOTO EQUIPMENT.
  • Accommodations:1 night in enchanted Valley Lodge, 1 night in Frey Refuge Hut with dorm bed and shared bathroom,, 7 nights in 3 star hotel/hosteria in double room with private bathroom and 3 nights at base camp tents at El Chalten .
  •  Meals:  12 breakfasts, 10 lunches (some are packed lunch) and 7 dinners.

 

 

What’s extra:

  • International and local Flights to Bariloche and from El Calafate.
  • TRF OUT to El Calafate Airport.
  • Alcoholic drinks during included meals.
  • During Hike & Photo - Personal Porter for photo equipment max 15kg: U$D 130 per day.
  • Boat trip in front of Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Staff and guides gratuities.
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