Torres del Paine National Park (Modra)

Hostile Wind… Awesome image…

On a recent scout trip in Torres del Paine National Park prior to the start of our 2019 Patagonia Photography Workshop my partner Don Smith and I
left our hotel in Puerto Natales at 4:30 am for the 2 hour drive up to the park for a sunrise shoot.
As we motored along we dodged a number of guanacos, a relative of the llama, crossing the road we could sense the wind picking up as we made our way to the park.
We arrived at our location of choice well before daybreak. As I attempted to exit the car, I found out first hand that everything I read about the wind in Patagonia
was absolutely true. The car door was almost ripped off the hinges.
The winds in Patagonia are legendary with 50mph and higher the norm almost any day and we hit one of those days. Don and I quickly realized that this
was not going to be a time to set up tripods as they would soon be Gone With The Wind and hand holding our cameras would be the only way to photograph
sunrise.
As the winds howled around battering us with sand and small stones, we braced ourselves as best we could. Soon the sun slowly began to rise giving us a unbelievable glow to the Cerro Torres. As we
began shooting a light rain began to fall, whipping around to make the wind seem even more hostile. But  the rain also brought out a full rainbow which enhanced
an already fantastic composition.
Later after we got all the dirt out of our hair and teeth, we both realized what a great image we were able to create despite the wind, rain and other things…