Urth co-founder Chris Gooley gives us his tips for Northern Patagonia.
Chris Gooley | AUSTRALIA
Chris spent 2 years living in a van exploring Latin America’s wilderness. And this was one of his favourite spots.. Take note of his Photography Tips!
What made you want to go to Northern Patagonia?
I’d been to Southern Patagonia 6 years earlier. Torres Del Paine, Mt Fitzroy, The Moreno Glacier, etc. It was stunning, though this time I wanted to see the more densely forest parts of Patagonia. I was keen to get some nice camping and fly fishing shots and figured northern Patagonia would provide some great opportunities.
What makes it such a good place for photography?
It has it all, mountains, rivers, forests, fjords but most importantly a feeling of true wilderness, the opportunity for adventure is endless. In summer you have lots of daylight hours so you’re not rushed for light. You get longer dawn and dusk sessions that always provide the most exciting light for Photography.
The solitude you can find if you are prepared to walk provides a great sense of immersion in the wilderness. Exuberant rainforest, scrubby steppe and peaks but the essence of this place is water, from the clear cascading rivers to the turquoise lakes, glaciers and labyrinthine fjords.
What’s your favourite shot from the trip? And why?
Rio Azul. The rivers, in general, were the highlight of Northern Patagonia and this river was the standout. The banks are lined with thousand-year-old Alerce trees and the huge boulders are reminders of the rivers glacial creation and how ancient the scene really is. The day this photo was taken was a little overcast and with a polarized lens filter, the water colour was unbelievable. We’d taken many shots the day before in full sunshine and only just decided to duck off the track on the way back to have another quick look under a cloudy sky..
Any particular tips for photographers heading to Northern Patagonia?
– Autumn is spectacular (March – June)
– Hire a van
– Fuel is cheaper on the Argentinian side
– Prepare for the very strong freezing wind (pack waterproof clothing, windbreakers, proper tent, etc.)
– The wild weather can provide great shooting opportunities so don’t just wait for the sun to come out before you go shooting
– Take enough memory storage, plenty of battery life and lens cleaning gear.
– Drones in the fjord lands would have provided a great perspective
Where to next?!
I’d go back.. Next time I’d do either a kayak trip or a boat trip and check out more of the fjord land on the Chilean side. Just look at the map and you’ll see the myriad of islands ready to be explored. It’s a true wilderness through there, you’d need to prepare properly before such a trip but the rewards could be amazing. I’d love to also hunt for really remote waves through that region as I think they provide prove very photogenic.