Category Archives: International Parks

National Parks Outside the United States

The Lost Images

Los Cuernos over Lago Pehoe

In 2005 my wife and I planned a two-week trip to Chilean Patagonia. I decided to sell my beloved Nikon N90 body and lenses to invest in a digital camera. I chose a Canon EOS 20D, which came with a 17-85mm kit lens. I also bought a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 for the trip. It would prove to be an awesome adventure.

On our last day in Torres del Paine National Park, Linda and I got up before sunrise and drove to a spot we had scouted above Lago Pehoé (Pay-oh-AY). The spot overlooked a breathtaking panorama of Los Cuernos, a striking group of glaciated Andean peaks. In addition if I were lucky, the glacier-blue lake just might provide a reflection of the peaks, conditions permitting of course.

Conditions however could be tricky. Patagonia is one of the windiest places in the world. We had been in the park three days, and the wind hadn’t stopped blowing. But as the sun rose that morning everything came together. The clouds cleared enough to show the peaks, and alpenglow flooded the east face of the mountains.

I had gone there with a vision of returning with a striking panorama of these mountains to hang in our living room. The view I had before me exceeded my every expectation. Then magically the wind calmed just enough to reflect the golden light of the peaks in the lake. It was the perfect morning. Continue reading »

Capturing Memories

Bear World II – The Sequel from Thayne Shaffer on Vimeo.

Historically on this site I’ve posted mostly about serious photography efforts or significant trips. Sometimes though my trips are just for fun.  With the growing ubiquity of video capture in the devices we carry every day, it makes documenting a trip easy and fun. In addition, better video editing software makes it increasingly simple to put together a great memory of the trip.

Here’s one such video that doesn’t attempt to showcase photography, but rather record the great memories of a trip with my daughter. Both video and stills were captured with an iPhone 4s, a GoPro Hero 3 Black, and my EOS 7D.

Many of the stills are hers, taken with her iPod Touch 3rd Generation and a Kodak 3mp point and shoot.

It’s my first project edited entirely with Adobe Premiere Pro.  Music was licensed from the Vimeo.com music store and is by K.P. Devlin.

Oh Canada!

Herbert Lake

I haven’t found the time to do a write-up of our summer trip to Glacier National Park and Canada. I love the Canadian Rockies, and wish I had another two weeks to spend there. But in the absence of a long narrative here are some of the first photos with my new EOS 7D. I have several panoramic shots of Herbert Lake, Tangle Falls, and Chief Mountain that I still need to process and stitch together. But here are some of the other images.
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