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My (Almost) Private Patagonia
Flying over Lago General Carrera

"Our destination in Patagonia was so remote that we were flown into the region two at a time in this Cessna. We originally thought the majority of the trip was going to be sea kayaking through the fjords, but we ended up spending a lot of time in and around these beautiful lakes—Lago General Carrera is the second largest and the deepest lake in South America.

"The aerial view sets the scene for the spectacular beauty of where we were going—and the landscape just builds in drama as you get closer. But to me, this picture is about the amazing color of the water."

—Photographer David McLain

Photography Notes

  • Camera: 35mm Canon EOS
  • Film: 100 ISO
  • Lens: 24mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/500th
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Time of day: Late morning/early afternoon

"Shooting from an airplane is always hard—it's noisy and the wind bounces you around. If you lean too far out the window, your lens gets whipped back to you. I usually meter off the ground, but in an airplane, the light is bound to change before you can even shoot.

"My nugget of advice would be to shoot volume. You just have to play the numbers because there are too many variables that can mess up your shot."


May 2003

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