This photo revisits the Gokyo Valley, a side valley off the side of the main Khumbu Valley in the Everest region of Nepal. These lakes have a surreal colour formed from a combination of very clear ice melt water, suspended solids from glacial action and a lack of loose soil to tarnish. The sky up here, at elevations above 5,000m really was a deep blue like this, and often appeared almost black overhead during the day (similar to that seen above during a jet airliner flight). In the background is a towering ‘eight-thousander’ called Cho Oyu. It forms the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). This peak happens to be the sixth tallest mountain on the entire planet at 8,201m (26,906 ft). Visiting Gokyo probably was the pinnacle of the sightseeing in Nepal, better than the main Base Camp Trek I consider.
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fds (6724) 2010-12-28 2:51
fantastic light and colors for this very beautiful image
SnapRJW (26034) 2010-12-28 3:25
Hello Matthew - Clear and crisp with excellent colour contrast. I really like the shingle and stones that rim the lake. Best regards Rosemary
PaulVDV (18682) 2010-12-28 3:27
In this landscape full of big stones it's not really obvious not to lose the trail.
The views of the colourful lakes and the snowy peaks are very rewarding.
The row of hikers is important for the feeling of depth and also to feel the grandeur of this mountain landscape.
npecanhuk (58170) 2010-12-28 4:06
Fantastic mountaneous landscape! It must be a thrill go on hiking in such a magnificent place! I love the color of that lake and the sight of the snow capped peaks in the bg! It's a very attractive picture indeed.
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, dof, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format, white borders and composition are all excellent here!
TFS - congrats,
aloyho (6798) 2010-12-28 4:33
Lovely shot of an exciting place. The different coloured rocks makes it visually more exciting. I like this pov and the presence of the other trekkers provided the right mood and atmosphere here. Great shot!!
A Happy 2011 .
sam224 (6215) 2010-12-28 8:18
A wonderful place here: the blue colour of the lake on the left catches the eye. The snowy peak grants a nice background, whereas the lines created by the stones in different colour lead the eye to the back.
yquem46 (37440) 2010-12-28 8:38
Another good landscape shot of your trek in the Himalayas
Clear light and colors
Looks a bit over sharpened, with slights artefacts especially in the rocks
Have a nice evening and happy new year
Sonata11 (31879) 2010-12-28 10:21
a very beautiful landscaping the Himalayas. Great shot, colors, sharpness. Perfectly well done. I love it. All are great.
All the best,
dta (59121) 2010-12-28 10:44
Hello MAtthew ,
A superb scene of high mountain . The composition is quite original , with only a part of the lake at left , and the walkers at right . And the same blue colors ! Great sharpness an d clarity . But the air is so pure at this altitude .
mvdisco (17416) 2010-12-28 11:29
Hi Matt, Bonjour,
A great aventure for you I think! WoW!
Amazing landscape for your group to climb the mountain..
Great landscape and point of view,
Great colors and contrast with a beautiful sky,
Picture very sharp and clear,
Bravo and congradulations for all the picture you have taken they are AMAZING...
All my COMPLIMENTS,
ceky (2592) 2010-12-28 13:43
This lake is may be less known than Gokyo lake with its small village... However I find the view towards Cho Oyu a little more gorgeous, since from this POV, it emerges above the hills ! The trekers add to the invitation to visit Gokyo...
asajernigan (19669) 2010-12-28 14:18
This is a nicely composed shot of this mountain scene. The inclusion of the hikers on the right adds a sense of scale for the shot as well as nice points of interest. The blue of the lake and sky is great adding color to this stark landscape. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness.
kiasari (62) 2010-12-28 16:10
You chose a good POV to take this shot. A nice photo with a well managed framing and superb colors. Thanks for the note. Well done!
delpeoples (50263) 2011-01-01 6:47
Happy NEw Year to you, I hope it brings you everything you wish for...no doubt that will include plenty of travel and great shots. Magnificent shot of this famous place, the colours are marvellous. Of course you've had a big help from Mother Nature but the quality of your photo is at the top. Superb depth of field, great choice of the f/10 aperture and wonderfully natural colour-rendering. TFS and I hope to see many, many more from you.
MLINES (12516) 2011-01-10 1:28
Hi Matt, Another fine one in this Himalayan series. It looks like another unfamiliar world. Well composed with the blue lake and high peaks. Those packs look pretty heavy. You must have been very fit for such a journey. Thanks for the series, somewhere most of us will never go, so seeing it through your lens in a pleasure (without the huge effort). Murray.
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2011-01-18 5:41
Oh commooooon! You have been to Gokyo last December? We were there last October ;-) really, in Gokyo...
Nice one, I will start to add mine soon! Ivana
Angshu (53659) 2011-01-22 23:46
Amazing shot again from your trek. Missed quite a good pictures as I see! The water is lovely turquoise blue-green. Wonder whether this perfect colour is due to fresh snow melted water. The composition is well done with the trail leading us in. Crispness & beauty of the shot is in your trademark levels
mayjayne (2918) 2012-10-03 22:27
An amazing view with good sharpness; allows us to have an insight of what's in store up there at the height that you are at !
- Copyright: Matthew Watt (Matthew-Watt) (6037)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-14
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: CANON EOS 550D, Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS, Hoya 58mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-28 2:44