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Hidden Falls by michaelanderson Hidden Falls by michaelanderson
Beyond the trail to Fitzroy Basecamp, Argentine Patagonia.
I could hear falling water in the distance so I decided to hike cross country down to a canyon away from the trail to Fitzroy basecamp. When I got down to the river, I found this beautiful series of cascades rimmed with fresh ice after a cold autumn night. A few days later I got up at 3am and planned to hike solo back to this location for sunrise. As I came around a bend in the trail, my headlamp illuminated the eyes of a crouching puma, only a few feet away next to the trail. I was alone, it was pitch black, and the body language of the puma convinced me to slowly back away and abandon my plans for sunrise...
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prince789 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
It look like the mountains is made of gold.
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glassocean Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow cool story! Too bad you didn't get a picture or video of the puma. Very nice shot too. I've been to South America aswell, though never here. I've been to Machu Picchu  Cuzco, Lake Titikaka, Island of the Sun & Moon, Sacsayhuman. They're all beautiful places with cool architecture or scenery.
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LeafyHeart Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! how much frame speed did you use there?
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LucianDinca Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This deviation has been featured in my journal entry [link]
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Tirin64 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Great Pic! I love the "golden Mountains"...
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
Great story mike :) I was there this mid april .. autumn is extremely beautiful in Patagonia . But we had terrible weather condition .. I only barely saw the fitz roy ..

And I lived approx the same situation in the early morning with shape & eyes of a Puma in the night ! ..
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Sagittor Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Photographer
:wow: Gorgeous
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akonit Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Hello! :wave:
Your very beautiful work has been featured here: [link] :hug:
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lets-pop-bubblewrap Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! Beautiful.
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alex-xs Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
wao..
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StrixCZ Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This almost looks too beautiful to be real :wow: Amazing photo! :+clap: :+fav:
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RodriguezVillegas Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing picture and amazing story! It's not easy to spot a Puma. I am argentinian and have never seen one in the wild.
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dynamicimagery Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Stunning, other worldly landscape. Your eye for composition is exquisite.
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DecodeVia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Student Photographer
incredible beauty ! what an amazing view!! ;o :heart:
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like a lot of dynamic range. Did you use two exposures?
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
No, this is one exposure, but I used a graduated neutral density filter over the mountain (www.Singh-Ray.com) which is color neutral and doesn't add anything to the scene. It had the effect of darkening the upper half of the image 2 stops without affecting the lower half. Galen Rowell used these all the time and I prefer to use them so I can get the image perfect in the camera and don't have to sit at a computer and try and make natural looking blends of multiple exposures- gives me more time in the field too! Thanks for commenting!

-Mike
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VeroFalcioniArt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*_* magnific.........
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ConH Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Your photos capture nature's beauty so well... very lovely
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Vanillebaer Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010   Photographer
a very high dynamic situation mastered perfect!
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dwth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 126th and 127th.:wave:
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dwth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Artist
My bad, sorry! =)
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Darkroom317 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Nice shot
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Furiousxr Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Stunning shot love the light
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Wodewose Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Not sure which is more gobsmacking - the photo or the story! :D
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henryscat666 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy sh*t this is amazing!
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eswendel Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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PierreRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very good job, it's beautiful, i like it much :clap:

Pierre
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SkullsCrystal Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! :heart: :heart: :heart:
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honz12 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Such an amazing place and an amazing time to capture it perfectly.
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dwth Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 125th.:wave:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Oh, wait...this one might be even better. Beautifully arranged composition...wonderful
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MK-photopassion Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Very great photo! title fits perfectly :)
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PoinTiff Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Very nice shot!
You lucky guy...I never got to see the Fitz Roy and "little brothers" that good during my 3-day stay in january :/
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bayugly Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow:
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Allatwan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
GORGEOUS! :D
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mightybearrr Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
good shit
what kinda camera did ya use?
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Aguswu Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Amazing lit.
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ObitoTheHero Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Student General Artist
That's amazing!!
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic, I love the contrast. :)
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
Amazing picture and story ;)
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mj-magic Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
first off i'm really glad you sensibly backed away and
stayed safe! :)

secondly this is another amazing capture! the light
is captured to perfection! wonderful work! :)
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timbodon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
An absolute scene of beauty!! Glad to see you posting shots everywhere...cause they are always great to see
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Great shot Michael. Lovely compo and great exposure.
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Zenphotos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010   Photographer
beautiful shot & light
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PsychoticDuality Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Incredible shot! The lighting is perfect.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Just breathtaking
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Sisck79 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
The colors are just fantastic. You have a way with your camera!
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666463 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
you took the best moment of it, the color and contrast just amazing, especially the golden color :thumbsup:
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