Visiting the Salto Grande Waterfall was a dream that began years before. Dr Bhuminan first got the idea when flicking through a travel magazine. There was an article featuring the Patagonian mountains.
“My first impression of this place was the cold weather and the very strong wind and the beautiful lenticular clouds. The glacial mountains looked spectacular.”
It was love at first sight for Dr Bhuminan, but it wasn’t till much later that his dream came true.
In April 2015, Dr Bhuminan finally overcame his fear of flying and visited Chile for the first time. In unpredictable weather, while carrying a 20kg backpack, and with a history of back pain, Dr Bhuminan trekked several kilometres to his dream destination. Every step is agony, but a step closer to his dream nonetheless. Dr Bhuminan would eventually spend two weeks trekking around the surrounding area, capturing shots of the remarkable landscape.
According to him, the key to capturing outstanding landscapes is to ensure that all the interesting subjects are in focus. When taking long exposure, he stresses that a solid tripod and a Neutral Density (ND) filter are vital. Talking about white balance (WB), Dr Bhuminan believes auto WB isn’t always the best way; instead, try using a customised WB that will suit your situation. Finally, when shooting on location, it is essential to have warm clothes and good wet weather gear. To get those amazing shots, you must brave the elements, so always be prepared.