This is definitely different from the usual photo most photographers see when they think of the beautiful peaks of Cerro Torre, but this was my favourite photo from my visit there. I camped for two nights next to Laguna Torre in the hopes of capturing beautiful sunrises and sunsets, using the ice along the shores as a foreground.
Unfortunately, as so often happens in landscape photography, nature had other plans and covered the top half of Cerro Torre in the cloud throughout nearly my entire stay. This left me looking beneath my feet, as I have realized that many of my favourite photos are of the intimate landscape genre.
I photographed this scene of small pieces of ice covering some colourful rocks and considered it a consolation prize to a mostly failed attempt to photograph Laguna Torre. Still, when I returned home and finally edited this shot, I found myself actually liking its originality.
The biggest challenge at this location is definitely the weather, as conditions are often extremely cloudy and very windy to the point where you have to watch out for your valuables. This is definitely a location that will once more be on my bucket list when I return to Patagonia in the future.
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