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Tell us about the location in the photos.

My journey to Argentina took place in February 2011. The journey was an award in photography contest. We (me and 3 other contest winners) were in Patagonia for only five days, but these days were extremely busy. During our whole stay in Patagonia we had warm and sunny weather without any rain showers. We were told by our guides that we were very lucky because such long periods of good weather occur there only 2-3 times per year. We stayed in El Calafate and we had 3 whole days to travel to Perito Moreno glacier, El Chalten, and Torres del Paine (Chile). Patagonian landscapes have impressed me the most till now. This land is incredibly extensive with a high variety of beautiful landscapes from endless deserts to huge glaciers.

Perito Moreno glacier is one of the most visited attraction in Patagonia. It is also one of a few glaciers in the world which still expand. On Perito Moreno there is organized guided trekking through the ice field which lets you “feel” the glacier even stronger.

El Chalten is a Mecca for climbers from all around the world because of two distinctive summits Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy. This is why the atmosphere in the town is quite specific. Everywhere you can see people with equipment going to or returning from mountains. Some of them wait several hundred days for good weather to ascend one of the world’s most difficult mountains.

Torres del Paine is the national park located in Chile. It is also a name of 3 mountains-towers, which are the symbol of the park. In 1978 The park was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. With its spectacular Cordillera del Paine mountain group and many lakes of different sizes at their feet it is the most beautiful park I have ever been to.

How did you get started in photography?

Eight years ago I saw some pictures in an issue of National Geographic Magazine. They inspired me. I borrowed a camera from my friend and I have started my own adventure with this field of art (never before had I had my own camera, because I hadn’t been interested in photography). I have never had any “formal” training. I also didn’t learn photography in any school. I was uploading my photos onto many photo portals and I was reading feedback to them. These constructive critiques helped me to improve my skills. Since 2007, I have been awarded with many prizes and commendations in various photography contests. However by far the most important for me is National Geographic Poland statuette gained for the first place in category “Polish Landscape” in 2010. Now photography is part of my life. It is like a time machine. By taking pictures and viewing them after years go by I can return to the best or the most important moments of my lifetime.

Does anything in particular influence your photography style?

Ansel Adams. He had a very modern attitude to photography.

What photography gear do you use?

Since 2009 I have used Canon 5D II + Canon 17-40 F/4 + Canon 70-200 F/4 IS + graduated filters and I don’t want to change anything in this set.

Are there any products you swear by?

I have used my Canon camera set for 4 years in different and extreme conditions, and for me this is equipment which I can always rely on, because during this time there was no problem with it.

What is your dream adventure photography location?

For now it is New Zealand. I like to make my travel dreams come true, so I think I will go there in near future.

Information:

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Name Jakub Polomski
Location Cieszyn, Poland
Featured In Issue Two - August 2013
Gear & Equipment Canon 5D II + Canon 17-40 F/4 + Canon 70-200 F/4 IS
Websites JakubPolomski.com, Facebook, Behance, 500px
Chosen By Benoit Falardeau