Valle Encantado – Picture of The Day

Igor Epof climbing in Valle Encantado, Bariloche, Río Negro – Argentina, 2010.

Nikon D300 Camera RAW file, with Nikkor 70-200mm AF-S VR f/2.8 lens at ISO 200, 1/1000 sec. and f/2.8 processed with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Mitsubishi Cup Technical Director – Picture of the Day

Detlef Altwig, technical director of the Mitsubishi Cup Rally. Jaguapitã, Paraná – Brazil, Friday, May 14, 2010.

Nikon D300 Camera RAW file, with Nikkor 70-200mm AF-S VR f/2.8 lens at ISO 200, 1/160 sec. and f/7.1. Duotone created with Adobe Lightroom.

Golden Gate Bridge – Picture of the Day

The sun breaches through storm clouds over the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco – USA, 2010.

Panasonic Lumix LX-2 Camera RAW file, with Leica 6.3mm lens at ISO 100, 1/1600 sec. and f/5.6, processed with Adobe Lightroom.

Climbing in Yuracmayo Vallery – Picture of the Day

Spanish mountain climber Pere Vilarasau climbs Mediterraneo, an 8a+ (French Grade) route he had just opened a couple of days before on the Yuracmayo valley. San Mateo de Huanchor, Provincia de Huarochiri, Departamento de Lima, Peru, Sunday, July 27, 2008.

NIKON D300 Câmera RAW file, with Nikkor 10.5mm ED AF DX Fisheye lens at ISO 100, 1/250 sec. and f/10, processed with Adobe Lightroom.

Peruvian Muleteer – Picture of the Day

Peruvian muleteer Hilario Gonzalo Lona drives his herd up high into the Vilcanota Mountain Range. Tinki, Cusco District, Cusco Province, Peru. Saturday, July 05, 2008.

NIKON D300 Camera RAW file with Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens at 14mm, ISO 100, 1/250 sec. and f/8 processed with Adobe Lightroom.

Buddha Statue – Picture of the Day

Buddha – Golden Gate Park, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco, California, United States of America, Saturday, April 05, 2008.

This Bronze Budha was cast in 1970 in Tajima, Japan, for the Taionji Temple and presented to the Japanese Tea Garden in 1949 by the S. & G. Gump Company of San Francisco. Buddha (ca. bce. 563 to ca. bce. 483) is the historic founder of the Buddhist religion. Born prince, Siddhartha of the Sakyas lived in the area now called Nepal. He renounced his home and great luxury at the age of 29 for an ascetic life sitting under a Bo Tree in concentrated meditation after what he attained his great enlightenment and understanding of the causes of human suffering. He became known as Buddha, meaning The Enlightened One.

Nikon D300 Câmera with Nikkor AF Zoom 14-24mm f/2.8G lens at ISO 200, 1/80 sec. and f/6.3.

Patagonian Poplars – Picture of the Day

Aerial view of a Black Poplar (Populus nigra L.) plantation on the outskirts of Bariloche. Río Negro, Argentina. Wednesday, May 9, 2007.

Though native to Europe, Southwest and Central Asia and Northwest Africa, Poplar trees have been widespread on South America’s Patagonian region after their introduction by the Spanish conquistadors. When the specie first arrived, probably brought from Chile to Argentina in the late XV century, they where used mainly as wind fences planted in tight rows, as these fast growing trees survived the harsh climatic conditions that reigned there. A while later, in the Northen Patagonian areas, the wood that was becoming available from these trees begun to move a small timber industry, centered on the production of boxes for the growing twentieth century’s fruit plantations. In some areas of Argentina, growing poplars for the paper industry became an important economic activity, which in it’s own time actually highly depreciated the price of the wood. On the South though, the Black Poplars are almost always a synonym of human settlement, seen from far away by the Patagonian traveller that comes from the desolated steppes, they protect the isolated ranches from the incessant blowing southern winds.

Nikon D2x camera and Nikkor 70-200mm AF-S VR f/2.8 lens at ISO 125, 1/1250 sec. and f/3.5.

Cesar Portas – Picture of the Day

Spanish Kite rider Cesar Portas, disassembles his Kite Surfing equipment after a good day of training at Barra do Gramame beach in João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 18, 2006.

A few days later on Sept. 24, Cesar won second place on PKRA World Tour’s last stop and final competition held down in João Pessoa (BRA). He reached 8th place on the general 2006 world rank while word Champion Aaron Hadlow didn’t step onto the podium on this last competition, leaving first place to Portuguese rider Rui Meira.

Nikon D2x Camera, Nikkor 12-24mm f/4 lens and two Nikon Sb-800 flashes with warming gels triggered through Nikon’s CLS system at ISO 100, 1/100s, f/5 and TTL.