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Tierra Del Fuego

As I started thinking about putting together a video on this subject, I grappled with how to express the fantastic vastness of this land. By using aerial photography, long shots, macro and HDR I begun approximating the grandiose scenery of this unique area. The more I got into it, the more I doubted whether it would come through as in reality. After I re-edited 5 different times, I decided to tear it apart, and start all over. New music, new images, new animation. This is the result! Not sure if I did it justice, but I hope so.

Creative Commons – Attribution – Non commercial – No Derivative Works 3.0 United States
License: http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
Elements Used In This Production:
Photography all @ Flickr: Ricardo Martins; Alberto Concejal
Art & HDR: Leo Bar
Music: Last Breath by Greendjohn
History and BAckground
Tierra Del Fuego – Argentina ~ THE FIRE THAT STILL PERSISTS

The southern-most city in the world, Ushuaia, is the entrance door to Antarctica, the place where mountains, glaciers, forests and sea meet; it is the capital city of the Argentinean province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and Islands of Southern Atlantic. Mystic and remote. Rich in legends and stories of conquerors, adventurers and people chased by justice. It is also said that Tierra del Fuego is the place where the world starts and from where it is still possible to explore virgin lands.

Tierra del Fuego continues feeding the imagination of travelers and, suggestively, invites us to discover how the smooth Patagonian plain combines with the extremity of the Andes, the forests with the rivers, the mountain tops with the sea and reality with myth.

Andes – Salta Y Jujuy

When Silvia Marmori, a great Argentinian photographer offered to send photos of one of her trips to the very northwest corner of Argentina, near the Bolivian border, I got excited.
The images that she sent were great, ambitiously taken and so well conceived that it inspired me to make this production a special one. Took me quite a while, because I didn’t want to compose a regular video. It had to be special, with music that would enhance and heighten the experience rather than complement it. So… that was the starting point, from then on and after 12 edits, 2 uploads (due to encoding problems) it finally came to see the light.
I hope you enjoy watching it,

Andes Northwest – Argentina
Images taken in the Provinces of Salta & Jujuy

Silvia Marmori; Hans Koot
See more about these photographers :: http://www.LightVoyager-PhotoExpeditions.com

Mosaica by Roger Subirana
Remix by Leo Bar

Locales where photos were captured (not in precise order) 

  • Puna Catamarqueña, Laguna Blanca
  • Tafi del Valle, El Mollar
  • Quebrada de las Conchas, Cafayate
  • Cachi, Quebrada de las Flechas
  • Pucara, Tilcara
  • Iruya, Salta
  • Humahuaca
  • Salinas Grandes, Jujuy
  • Tolar Grande, Antofagasta de la Sierra

Andes :: Cordillera Central

(central range)
San Juan province, Argentina

When I connected with Hector Tenaglia a while ago, and while looking at his impressive photographs of the Andes in the Province of San Juan, I got the feeling that this could be a great piece. The majestic Andes range, at this latitude, sports a variety of hues almost like painted out in layers.  Sometimes these colors can be seen variegated and sometimes as straight layers, due to the formation and compression of this massive uprising. Depending on how the sun hits it, you see these tones changing constantly during the day. What a spectacle!

Since I had been experimenting/exploring with light and the lack of it in my imagery, this work surfaced as a clear example of how light impacts us and changes our moods and perceptions…

Elements used in this production

Music: Dragons – Roger Subirana  :: www.jamendo.com/en/track/167882
Photography: Hector Ricardo Tenaglia :: www.Flickr.com/tata536
Aerial Photographs: Courtesy of NASA
HDR Art & Animation: Leo Bar
The province of San Juan is part of the continental semi-desert Cuyo region. The arid plains on the east, with a few low sierras (hills), swiftly turn into 6,000-meter-high (18,000 ft.) mountain peaks towards the west. Both areas are subject to the dry hot Zonda (a dry foehn wind descending the eastern slopes of the Andes in the central Argentine in winter, probably polar maritime air warmed by descent from the crest which is some 6,000 meters above sea level). Most of the precipitations take place during the summer, often as storms.

The hot wind has modeled the clay-rich red soil into Pampa del Leoncito (Reserva Natural Estricta El Leoncito) and Valle de la Luna (Parque Provincial Ischigualasto) where one can find 200 million year old geological formations.

The Jáchal and San Juan rivers, both part of Desaguadero River system, are the source of fertile valleys and central to the province’s economy. The San Juan River finishes in the Huanacache lagoons (sometimes called Guanacache), on the southeast.


The inspiration to make a video/photo montage of this area came a long time ago.I always loved mountains when combined with desert areas. So, after much digging, research, sourcing, and looking for some collaboration, I found Noam Fein who generously released some beautiful images to me, making this project possible. Some images are from an area north of the Atacama which has more lakes and some precipitation.Music: Precious by DJ Answer at http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/99776

Also included in this project, aerial images from the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA) taken from satellites above the earth, so as to get a “birds-eye” view of the area while animating it as if in real flight.. There are also some paintings and images by unknown indian artists.




Additional Background, History and Information

Ecodesert Region – The Atacama Desert is a virtually rainless plateau in South America, covering a 600-mile (1,000 km) strip of land on the Pacific coast of South America, west of the Andes mountains. The Atacama desert is, according to NASA, National Geographic and many other publications, the driest desert in the world. The rain shadow on the leeward side of the Chilean Coast Range, as well as a coastal inversion layer created by the cold offshore Humboldt Current, keep this over 20 million-year-old desert 50 times drier than California’s Death Valley.

The Atacama occupies 40,600 square miles (105,000 km2) in northern Chile, composed mostly of salt basins (salares), sand, and lava flows.

The Atacama Desert ecoregion, extends from a few kilometers south of the Chile-Peru border to about 30° south latitude. To the north lies the Sechura Desert ecoregion, in Peru, while to the south is the Chilean Matorral ecoregion. The National Geographic Society considers the coastal area of southern Peru to be part of the Atacama desert, including the deserts south of the Ica Region.

To the east lies the less arid Central Andean dry puna ecoregion. The drier portion of this ecoregion is located south of the Loa River between the parallel Sierra Vicuña Mackenna and Cordillera Domeyko. To the north of the mentioned river lies the Pampa del Tamarugal.

People – The Atacama is sparsely populated. In an oasis, in the middle of the desert, at about 2,000 metres (7,000 ft) elevation, lies the village of San Pedro de Atacama. Its church was built by the Spanish in 1577. In pre-Hispanic times, before the Inca empire, the extremely arid interior was inhabited mainly by the Atacameño tribe. The tribe is noted for the construction of fortified towns called pucara(s), one of which can be seen a few kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama.

History – During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries under the Spanish Empire, towns grew along the coast as shipping ports for silver produced in Potosí and other mines.

During the 19th century the desert came under control of Bolivia, Chile and Peru and soon became a zone of conflict due to unclear borders and the discovery of nitrate there. After the War of the Pacific, in which Chile annexed most of the desert, cities along the coast developed into international ports, and many Chilean workers migrated there.

The Pan-American Highway runs through the Atacama in a north-south trajectory.


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