20090314 Santiago to Rapa Nui

Leaving Santiago for Rapa Nui. Awake at 6am (vacation??). Four hour nap on the plane (others watched movies?!). An hour to collect baggage at Rapa Nui. One bag had nasty shellfish water/oil dumped all over it (ick). End the day with a ride/hike to Ranu Raraku (aka, the Quarry).


Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400
Bag Sculpture at Aeropuerto de Santiago (Aeropuerto Internacional Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez).



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Infinity pool at Explora. I never did swim in it.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 92.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
On the hike to Rano Raraku, there was a single palm tree. I was tortured throughout the hike by the though of exactly this photo. Near the end (climbing up to Rano Raraku) it finally showed up.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
We were quick to find out that horses outnumber people here by 3 to 2 (6000 horses against 4000 people).



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 60.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Pretty, but no idea what.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 73.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Stopping to smell the flowers, even if there are annoying French tourists taking my picture.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Our first view of Rano Raraku. Our first view of actual standing Moai!



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 1600



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 1600



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 47.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/4.0, ISO 1600



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
I stopped to smell the flowers again.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Ma, Pa and the Moai.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 40.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Moai, no Ma or Pa, but some nameless (and slow) tourists.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Same Moai, most of the Air Journey group.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 65.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The inquisitive Moai. Think: dog.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The grumpy Moai.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 58.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The uptight Moai.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
First view of Ahu Tongariki.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM EX at 313.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/5.7, ISO 100
First view of Ahu Tongariki with Bertha (Bigma).



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM EX at 191.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/5.7, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM EX at 191.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/5.7, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM EX at 72.0 mm; 1/2000 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 85.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 92.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The uptight Moai, again.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The inquisitive Moai, with friends.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The inquisitive Moai, again. We, unfortunately, hiked back the same way we went in, but everything still was fresh and new.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Finally, no tourists to ruin the photo. Nice light, nice sky. Nice forshadowing for the next two days.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Lone palm tree, Bertha.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM EX at 500.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/6.4, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 45.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The crater in Rano Raraku. A popular watering hole.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 85.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Feisty horses. This was immediately after a small altercation between the alpha horse. We (three) all jumped back, and my finger hit the shutter.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
An unplanned visit to Ahu Tongariki, quick photos....



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 84.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
...which should have been a much longer visit, because these are the best photos I've got from here. Light and sky were nearly perfect.



From Explora Rapa Nui.



From Explora Rapa Nui.



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