Laguna Torre Cloudy Reflection 1

Laguna Torre Cloudy Reflection 1, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Each year, the summit of Cerro Torre eludes climbers from around the world mostly due to the atrocious weather. They most often spend weeks or even months tent-bound patiently waiting for the weather to clear, but it rarely does. My own experience trying to photograph Cerro Torre has been equally challenging. Between my first visit in 2007 and 2 visits during my recent trip, I've spent 8 days attempting to photograph it. If I had been at the lake the day before I created this image, I might now be sharing a sunrise picture of the mountain surrounded by beautiful orange clouds and a calm reflection. However, I hesitate to say that my recent attempts were totally unsuccessful, because I created this mysterious image. Though I could not see the summit at sunrise, an hour later the clouds became thin enough to allow the summit to peak through a hole while Laguna Torre was almost a perfect reflection. This image captures the drama of the typical conditions beneath this impossible spire more so than any image that I might have originally hoped to create. I am sure I will someday return to photograph Cerro Torre during a more ideal sunrise, but do I need to? I created this image with my Canon 5DmkII, Carl Zeiss 35mm f2 ZE lens, Singh-Ray 4-stop Soft Graduated Neutral Density filter, and tripod. It required minimal processing using Aperture 3.

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    Don’t know that you do need to return for yet another photo shoot of Laguna Torre. Seems to me you captured the perfect shot with this one. The colors, the impressive depth of field, great focus all add up to one great photograph. I keep scrolling back up to look at it. Your attention to detail is incredible.


    I am in 100% agreement. After witnessing this dramatic scene unfold, I don’t think I ever need to shoot at the Laguna again. However, I am definitely going back in order to photograph Cerro Torre in clearer conditions at sunrise from the Torre Glacier or even up at the climber’s bivouac camps. I stopped climbing over 10 years ago, but I am grateful that I still have the mountain skills to allow me to do some of these more challenging things in order to create an even better image. 2012? 2013?

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