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Photographing with the E-M1X within the Driest Desert on Earth –

Photographing with the E-M1X within the Driest Desert on Earth –

Photographing with the E-M1X in the Driest Desert on Earth -

The Olympus E-M1X at work within the Atacama Desert, Chile

Mud, sandstorms, chilly circumstances and contrasting excessive warmth are all elements that come into play when photographing in one of many driest locations on earth.

Chile’s Atacama Desert is named the driest non-polar location on this planet, with some areas by no means receiving a drop of rainfall in over 57 years. It’s dry, huge and oh so photogenic. With the E-M1X constructed with business main climate proofing, I put it to the take a look at in San Pedro de Atacama, an amazing base for exploring the opposite worldly landscapes of the desert.

From salt flats to volcanic skylines the world is a photographer’s playground of all issues naturally stunning, carved by robust winds and intense climate circumstances. When photographing in places like this it’s important to have gear that may stand up to just a little powerful love. Understanding that the Olympus OM-D E-M1X can deal with nearly something meant I might deal with composing my photographs with out worrying if the dunes have been whipping up sand or if I wanted to relaxation the digicam on the salt flats whereas photographing flamingos.

The variety that exists within the Atacama Desert is nearly unbelievable. A spot the place you’d assume nothing can stay is stuffed with wildlife, flowers and crops that thrive in a panorama of extremities. On the Atacama Salt Flat, you’ll discover a flamboyance of Flamingos nibbling on the algae of the shallow lagoons. Making stunning topics to compose towards the backdrop of the Andes Mountain vary, I used the M.Zuiko 300mm f4 lens with the E-M1X to seize a sequence of photos of those swish birdies.

Photographing in the Atacama Desert, Olympus E-M1X

Now, I’ll share just a little confession, I hardly ever journey with a tripod. I hate lugging them round and since I do know the Olympus/OM SYSTEM cameras have such unbelievable picture stabilisation, it’s actually arduous to justify carrying the additional weight. As a substitute, if I have to steadiness myself when taking pictures with the 300mm telephoto lens I merely lie on the bottom and relaxation it on one thing strong. On this case it was the crusted salt discovered on the shores of the salt lakes that meant I might {photograph} the flamingos from a distance and seize sharp photos.

Photographing in the Atacama Desert, Olympus E-M1X

One other space of the desert not so plentiful with wildlife however strikingly stunning is the Valley of the Moon or El Valle de la Luna. With a crater-like look brought on by a distinction of salt and sand, the panorama is someplace that’s arduous to consider is even actual. It took me some time to take all of it in and work out a composition that might do the surroundings justice, switching out the M.Zuiko 7-14mm large angle lens for the M.Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 attempting to seize quite a lot of views to showcase the fantastic thing about this location.

Photographing in the Atacama Desert, Olympus E-M1X

Photographing in the Atacama Desert, Olympus E-M1X

Captured with the M.Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8

Valle de la Luna, Chile

Captured with the M.Zuiko 7-14 mm f2.8

Ultimately, I wasn’t proud of my first set of photos and returned at dawn on my final day within the space to strive once more. Whereas the primary day I visited was calm and clear (maybe the explanation I felt my photographs have been just a little flat), as luck would have it, the ultimate dawn was on a day the place a sand storm was predicted and winds have been gusting as much as 71km per hour. With winds that robust, the final place you need to be is on a sand dune! However…I figured I’d solely be there as soon as so ventured up the dune and tried once more.

Sand was blasting the E-M1X however the dawn placed on top-of-the-line exhibits I’ve ever seen. Clouds have been stuffed with dancing gentle that appeared to hover above the sand dune offering a shocking distinction to the arid landscapes under. If it wasn’t for the climate proofing, I might’ve needed to pack up and head again to the automotive however the E-M1X walked away in significantly better situation that I did with sand in my eyes, ears and pores and skin that felt like I’d been scorched by the solar.

The place to Keep in San Pedro de Atacama?

I stayed on the unbelievable Alto Atacama, a fancy that seems to mix into it’s desert environment. Take a peek at my Visible Lodge Evaluation from the keep!

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