Lone Lenga, Chile.
Photo for June 2012: Lone Lenga
The fire in the early part of 2012 burned down a huge area of Torres Del Paine National Park. Acres of barren land and what used to be dense forests of Lengas were all gone. What was left were charred branches and it was almost heart-wrenching to witness the destruction.
Prior to this image, I had tried to make an image that told the story but the mess of burnt branches were not ideal and the Horns were not obvious in the background. Heading back to the hotel, I requested to be dropped off near some hills and started hiking around. After half an hour of coming face to face with gale-force winds (a battle which I lost with ease), I crossed another hill and in the distance, this Lenga stood alone with the Horns in the background. I was awe-struck!
Setting up a long lens, I brought the famed peaks larger in the frame. A strong neutral density filter slowed down the shutter speed to blur the clouds. Many frames were taken as the winds were threatening to blur out the long exposures so very often.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II w/ Canon 70-300 L, processed in Aperture and Silver Efx Pro 2.