A Travel Photography Guide to Patagonia

A Travel Photography Guide to Patagonia

Sunrise by Mountains of Torres Del Paine Patagonia is the exotic, mountainous, meteorologically unpredictable but very photogenic region at the southernmost tip of South America. While this area is shared by both Chile and Argentina with beautiful locations on both sides in this guide I will be focusing on the Chilean side and more specifically Torres Del Paine National Park as that’s where I have first hand experience. Patagonia is a popular hiking and outdoorsman destination and in more recent years has started to become a photography hot spot. Because of this I find there is minimal information out there specifically related to photography so this is my attempt to impart some based on my experience. Abandoned Pier at Puerto Natales Logistics The most common way to arrive in Patagonia is by way of flight from the capital of Chile, Santiago. You’ll be arriving at Punta Arenas one of the bigger cities in the region. From here there are buses available to Puerto Natales which is the biggest city closest to Torres Del Paine National Park. One could also rent a car from here but we decided to bus it to Puerto Natales and rent a car there. We made this our base camp with Torres Del Paine being about 1.5 to 2 hours drive so it was relatively close. Lodging is available in Puerto Natales for very budget friendly prices. There are hostels from the $15+ a night range and AirBnbs for $20+ a night. Overall plenty of options all around. One thing to keep in mind is the layout of the park allows for many car accessible...
A Travel Photography Guide to Zion National Park

A Travel Photography Guide to Zion National Park

        Utah has some of the most beautiful national parks and also many within a short distance of each other making it very convenient if you want to visit them all in one trip. This guide will focus specifically on Zion the closest one to Las Vegas should you find yourself there. Zion National Park has some of the most amazing canyons and the contrast between the deep reds and greens of the trees offer great opportunities for photos. LOGISTICS There are plenty of lodges in the immediate vicinity of Zion, a town called Springdale. Unfortunately they are mostly in the $200+ range so for a budget traveler like myself it didn’t make much sense. AirBnbs are plentiful in the nearby towns for about $60+ per night but since I was traveling alone I chose to stay in the nearest hostel which was located in a town called Kanab. The drive is about 45 mins so it will add to your wake up time for sunrise but for about $25-30 it was worth it. Food is cheap as there are many restaurants and supermarkets around. Sidenote: While you can drive the main roads of Zion you are not allowed to drive on Valley of the Floor Road, which leads to many of the trails, unless you’re staying at the main lodge which will run you $400 a night. Thankfully there is a free train that runs regularly from the visitor center where there is free parking. $25 gets you a 7 day pass but keep in mind the park is open at night and there is...
A Travel Photography Guide to Costa Rica

A Travel Photography Guide to Costa Rica

     Costa Rica is a beautiful country filled with countless National Parks and beaches worth visiting so I must admit this is by no means an exhaustive guide. I was in the country for about a week and mainly stayed in the north west Guanacaste region because there is surf in the summer and therefore this guide will be limited to my experiences. Another side note, I spent part of this trip doing photography and as well as surfing and doing surf photography so there will be some advice irrelevant to the purely landscape photographer. That being said, on with the photography tips! LOGISTICS      Flights are cheapest into the capital of San Jose though there are many airports throughout the whole country. Check prices in advance because logistically it might work out better to fly closer to the region you will be staying in. I planned to drive out to the Guanacaste region so the most budget friendly flight was fine by me. Renting a car in Costa Rica was amazingly cheap! My first reservation worked out to $7 a day however there was some issues with my paying with a debit card and I was forced to add on full insurance coverage which bumped up the price. Had I used a credit card with its included rental car insurance then the price would’ve been that low. I would suggest renting a 4×4 vehicle because the roads in Costa Rica are largely unpaved and bumpy. Lodging is also ridiculously inexpensive like anywhere in South America and there are hostels in abundance. PLAYA SAMARA      It...