2005 was the year I went to Chile and climbed a mountain. Ojos del Salado, the highest active volcano in the world no less, at an official altitude of 6893m.
Did I really summit that?
Yes I did. Incredible. My three travelling companions didn’t make it to the top – just me with a few from the trip.
I got lost on the way down, left behind like the lame donkey that I am. I had to go back up to the mountain hut for the night, and was rescued by some very nice and helpful Chilean Mountain Rescue chaps who brought me down to safety in the morning.
I lost about 5kgs in weight but gained frost bite to my two big toes. They felt like pieces of frozen chicken until they thawed out. And when I went to see my GP he asked me to come back in a couple of days - I guess he hadn’t been asked to look at frostbitten toes much in Bournemouth!
About the photo.
First thing I have to say is sensor dust! Not surprising on a Canon EOS 350D in the middle of the Atacama Desert to be fair, but there was lots of it. And when I corrected the exposure there was more in the sky. But all fixed using clever Lightroom.
Another Jpeg. Not many to go now - I seem to remember discovering RAW around 2007-2008.
So this one has been re-edited. I have put the cropped one at the top as I think it is ace. The previously edited image is below. The unedited image is at the bottom.
Three photos on one post is enough for me!
So what is the subject? A road.
Where was it? The Atacama Desert. Somewhere in that 100,000 square kilometres of dry, scorching, arid desert! (still no GPS on my camera).
I love this cropped version. I have cropped it to isolate down to what is important. The road in the desert. No need for all that (badly exposed and washed out) sky, nor for all that dust and debris in the front. Less is more. And the shape gives the breadth to the scene that I want to convey.
To be honest there might be a few 2005 shots published, even though I only have 73…..
Camera - EOS 350D
Lens - 18-55mm
Focal length used - 18mm
Shutter - 1/320th second
Aperture - F11
ISO - 400
Image taken in Jpeg format
Thank you for reading my South American related post, nice to write about another continent every now and then, which I hope you found interesting and maybe even a little entertaining! It really is good to go back and look at old work – I highly recommend you do this. To discuss anything photography related just call or email me, or send a message to me though my website contact form - I really don’t mind how and I would be delighted to hear from you.
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