This is the same mountain as my previous post (The Spirit of Tibet) - but taken about 10 days before in last light.
There's a lot going on in this one, The mountain is over 6000m high, and catches the very last rays of light, but leaving the majority of the peak in shadow.
I used a BW 10 stop ND filter to slow the shutter speed right down, allowing some flow in the cloud. Otherwise, the dynamic mountain is left feeling very static, which they are not.
One of the things I love most about living in this area is the massive flow of energy displayed by the clouds over these huge mountains. People perceive mountains as solid and static, whereas they are moving all the time, being pushed up by the tectonic activity of INdia moving into Tibet and eroded by wind, ice and weather.
Processed in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 using adjustment layers and luminosity masks.
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114seconds @ f14 ISO 50
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CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-07-26 17:44
Oh my....what great details for such difficult light. Well composed.
HimalAnda (10649) 2012-07-26 23:15
These clouds are very impressive and the light (and exposure) management is perfect.
Very well done. Congratulations !
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-07-27 9:12
Another great shot of this peak, and you most definitely do capture the sense of movement of the clouds and air around it. The lighting is spectacular as well.
vjmite (4216) 2012-07-27 19:37
A magnificent photo of some magnificent mountains, giving an other-worldly effect. The long exposure puts movement into the clouds, and allows enough light to see the mountains in the shadows. Sharp and well composed. A great job.
sevy (58) 2012-10-04 0:59
I only discover this shot now and I really like it. I would have not though to use a ND filter on this kind of shot but it is working and your note explained it perfectly. It is true in this way it is more in line with what I could see during my hiking in Himalaya range.
- Copyright: Alister Benn (AvailableLight) (148)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-06-08
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D3x, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR Zoom
- Exposure: f/14.0
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-26 17:22