Join former Sports Illustrated staff photographer Ron Modra and I for our Second Annual Fall in Patagonia Workshop.

Our regions begin in the wondrous world of Blue Ice and glaciers in El Calafate, then onto perhaps three of the most dramatic mountain ranges South America has to offer: The Andes, The Fitzroy Range and Torres del Paine (including: Paine Grande, Aleta de Tiburon, Cuernos del Paine, Cerro Almirante Nieto, and the famed Torres Towers).

Part of what makes this area so unique is the sheer wildness and grandeur of the ominous peaks that world-class climbers such as Alex Honnold come to try. Weather can range from mild and pleasant to 70 mph winds making for awesome opportunities to capture 300-foot plus water spouts off turquoise-colored glacial lakes.

Longtime associate and friend, Ron Modra, will be co-teaching this Workshop with me. Ron was a 26-year staff photographer for Sports Illustrated and has traveled the world capturing action at major sporting events and creating amazing portraits of superstar athletes across the globe. His extraordinary images have landed on the cover over 70 times!

He also shares his extraordinary images in  his book: A Baseball Life :: Four Decades Inside the Game.

Currently Ron shares his extensive knowledge through workshops and I am very excited to be teaming with him for Patagonia once again. Please read Ron's Bio.

The Workshop will span four geographical regions in Patagonia: El Calafate and El Chalten, Argentina, and Torres del Paine National Park and Puerto Natales in Chile.

We will photograph two glaciers (from land and up close from a boat). We will also get you up close and personal with amazing icebergs on Lake Argentino.

We will have knowledgeable local guides on hand to lead you to all of the iconic locations, as well as "locals only" spots that will tantalize your creative senses.

Local guides and transportation will be with us throughout.

We expect this workshop to sell fast, so don't wait!

What's Included:

Single Rooms at all hotels (NO SHARING), Your workshop fee covers the nights of November 10-18, 2022.

All breakfasts, some lunches (on boat tours),

Three boat tours (to Moreno Glacier - where we put you under massive walls of ice, Estancia Christina, where you will photograph large rich blue icebergs, and glacial lakes and glaciers and towering snow-capped mountains on privately held land, along with a full-day tour of Serrano and Bernardo glaciers),

Two nights inside Torres del Paine National Park.

All Transportation and related park and boat fees

Personal drivers and English-speaking guides throughout entire trip

Two Instructors: Don Smith and Ron Modra

Private transportation back to Punta Arenas Airport on November 19. First flights out leave in early afternoon.

Luggage transfers included: Items to be limited to: 1 suitcase, 1 laptop bag and 1 camera bag + tripod.

What's Not Included:


Some lunches

Dinners - all hotels have nice restaurant and bars and most are located within easy walking distance of local hotels.

PRICE: $9975.00  email us for information:

Ron Modra and Don Smith show you locations and images/videos from this past year's Patagonia Workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions: Patagonia Workshop FAQ's: CLICK HERE.

Lodging/Meals: Lodging for 9 nights is included  Breakfast is included with all hotels. Lunches are included most days. Participants are required to pay for dinners. All three hotels offer excellent meals!

Transportation: Participants are required to have transportation to out hotel in El Calafate. We will provide transportation to the Puntas Arenas airport for departures.

Cancellation Policy: To view our cancellation policy, please CLICK HERE.

Spousal, Relative and Friend Policy: Please CLICK HERE.

Alternate Payment Methods: E-mail me for more information or alternate payment methods at

Permits: Don Smith and Ron Modra Photo Workshops carry valid Commercial Use Authorization Permits for all locations used for this workshop.  We are fully insured and instructors have certified advanced first aid training.

Travel and other expenses: Under no circumstances will I refund any charge not paid to me, such as (but not limited to) airfare, lodging, car rental, or meals. For your peace of mind I strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance to cover any losses resulting from a cancelled workshop.

Liability: Don Smith Photography LLC and Ron Modra Photography cannot be held liable for any Park closures or weather-related closures.

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