Patagonia - Fodor Photography

Drew Fodor


March 9th, 2015

     At the end of 2010, my father and I took a trip to South America. A cruise, traveling from a port near Santiago, Chile to another in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Throughout the trip, we passed through many places, and met various different people. It was also the first time I had ever picked up a DSLR, as it was a gift from my father right before we left. It was a Canon T2i, with  18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-250mm f/4-5.6 kit lenses.

     This trip was the start of my journey into photography, and was a wonderful learning experience. I couldn't have picked a better place for it, with all the wonderful nature around me. The trip itself was also really fun, full of great food, and I spent much of the trip with new friends I met during the cruise.

     One of the standout areas of the trip was Patagonia, an area shared by Argentina and Chile, which stretches down to the southern tip of the continent. Due to its southern location, many areas in Patagonia are quite cold, marked by glaciers and persistent snowcaps. Others are covered in lush forests, home to splendid varieties of wildlife.

     Throughout the trip, I spent a lot of time trying to understand basic principles of photography, like the Rule of Thirds, and the Exposure Triangle, but most of the time I just used the semi-automatic scene selectors. I didn't know enough to risk losing a shot because I used the wrong aperture, shutter speed, or ISO. And I certainly had no idea how to effectively use white balance, why you would want to use RAW instead of JPEG, or in what situations to use exposure compensation.

     Even so, some of the shots (out of the over two thousand I took...) came out fairly well. I was pleasantly surprised, and that initial success pulled me further into the field. It was the birth of my interests in photography, and I'll always remember the shots I took there.

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