Beautiful Chile: Photos by Amateur Photographer, Yorka

Santiago after the rain

Who is Yorka?

¨Born in Santiago, corporate slave until my late 20’s, I gave up my career to finally satisfy my thirst for knowledge and new experiences.  I am well-travelled and I can flirt in 4 languages over a bottle of wine, whisky and/or beers (!) I lived in France and China for a couple of years before coming back to Chile in order to fall in love with my beautiful country. I have developed a true passion for photography (still learning!) that makes my world go round lately and I love food¨.

San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama

Some Questions with Yorka

1) Where is your favorite spot in Santiago?

Lastarria/Bellas Artes Neighbourhood. You can easily spend an afternoon walking around in the park and then ending your day with a nice dinner and drinks; many choices of  good restaurants.

2) Where is your favorite spot in Chile?

So far, I have two: the Elqui Valley/ the 4th Region in summer time (so many Pisco sour cocktails!) and San Pedro de Atacama in winter (when the desert is covered in snow!)

3) Favorite place to eat in Santiago?

I couldn’t pick just one! It just wouldn’t be fair!

4) Top tips for visitors to Chile?

The best wines are not always the most expensive ones; avoid metro at rush hour; if possible, head north to San Pedro de Atacama; try sea-urchin because many ugly things taste great!

5) Your favorite spot to photograph in Chile?

Valparaiso. The camera loves its colors and unique architecture!
6) Your camera and preferred lenses?
I have a Canon G15, a Canon sx210, a Nikon d5300 (broken now!) and a Nikon d3300. Lenses, I use 18-55 mm, 50 mm, 18-105 mm and a 55-200 mm.
Isla Damas (4th Region)
Isla Damas (4th region)
Pisquera Mistral
Pisquera Mistral (Valle del Elqui)
Elqui Valley
Mouth of the Elqui River
Concha y Toro winery
Canelilo Beach (Algarrobo)
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Chile in Photos

If you are wondering why I haven´t written in forever, it is not just because I have two children under 4. I actually have a new love and it´s not my laptop or my pen, I´m afraid.  Instead 2017 has been the year where I have finally decided to make my dream a reality and learn a bit about the art of taking photos.  Right after I made this decision, a fellow mum in the Discover Chile: English Speaking Moms in Chile group (Facebook) put up a DSLR for sale, and right at that moment I had some money saved up and I thought – why not?

This seems like an appropriate moment for some hashtags:

#canon #dslr #amateurphotography #manualmode #cantthinkofanymore

This is the site where I am teaching myself from – she explains SO well , especially if you are like me and are totally new to this aperture thing.

Over the last two months, I have taken a CRAZY amount of photos and I absolutely love it! Here are some of my favorites – I hope they provide a good overall picture of this wonderful country I call home.

PLEASE leave me some feedback, tips, pointers or share your images with me!!

You can follow me on Instagram @milesandsmilesantiago

All photos: Helen Cordery