Photographing Tierra del Fuego National Park

Colorful detail in a small forested area in the Tierra del Fuego National Park near Ushuaia in Argentina. 

Colorful detail in a small forested area in the Tierra del Fuego National Park near Ushuaia in Argentina. 

I was in Ushuaia way down at the bottom of Argentina the day before a tour I was co-running to Antarctica was due to begin. The group had met at our hotel the previous night and were out and about for a sunrise photography session the following morning. After breakfast we boarded a bus for the short journey to Tierra del Fuego National Park.

A gentle stream flowes through Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina.

Situated 3,079 km from the nations capital, Buenos Aires, and 17,848 km from Alaska it’s a remote destination. Parts of the park are wild, but this little outing took us to an area set up for tourists. There was even a quaint steam train which took us, via a scenic route, to the start of a short hike.

The engine of a lovely steam train in the Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina.

An engineer tinkering with his pride, a lovely steam train in the Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina.

An engineer tinkering with his pride, a lovely steam train in the Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina.

Photography Opportunities on Organized Tours

I’m not one for the average organized tour. As a photographer I’m really a free agent and I like to follow my intuition and roam where my heart and the light takes me. However, over the years, I’ve done a few short half and one day tours sometimes as it’s the only way to access certain places and also as a way to understand how not to do things when I run my own specialized photography tours.

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

I didn’t find this small area of the national park all that interesting, but it did allow me time to walk off the malaise following a very long and not terrible pleasant flight from Melbourne, Australia. One wonderful surprise from the flight was that, rather than heading directly across the Pacific Ocean, our flight took us down over the edges of Antarctica. It was beautiful and a taste of things to come.

A stand of trees in forested area on the shores of the sea in, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina.

Adapting to the Light

The day was grey and the light bleak. However, on a couple of occasions the sun burst through the clouds and I was faced with extremely high contrast lighting conditions. My response was to move quickly into more shaded areas and attempt to use the light to accent areas within the scene.

A stark view south from Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina at the bottom of South America.

I’d have to say that my trip to Tierra del Fuego National Park was far from amazing. The weather was bleak and the light, for the most part, was uninspiring. Nevertheless I got out and about and was able to walk my way into an improved mindset as well as getting my hand to eye coordination, after an extended time without making photos, back up to speed. I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru