WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

Land

Alexandre Deschaumes, France

Clouded in mystery

Alexandre hiked higher as the storm began to clear, looking for ‘where the shapes of the mountains were in equilibrium’. To combine the powerful landscape with the otherworldly atmosphere and keep the detail, he stitched 12 frames into one panoramic image, sweeping from sharp reality on the left to a more painterly view.

The magnificent, ice-sculpted peaks of the Cuernos del Paine tower to 2,460 metres, the shear granite spires eroded to near-vertical drops. Such is the scale that one of the largest flying birds in the world, the Andean condor, soars in the centre to the left of the far mountain, but remains dwarfed, practically invisible.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; 300mm f2.8 lens; 1/1250 sec at f2.8; ISO 100; 12 images stitched.


Torres del Paine National Park, Chile: latitude -50.942516, longitude -73.40681 Torres del Paine National Park, Chile: latitude -50.942516, longitude -73.40681

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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Alexandre Deschaumes, France

Alexandre is a self-taught photographer and musician who is inspired by ethereal atmospheres.