One of the more chilling sights that I've seen, and not just because of the cold temperature. This shows the last big hill you climb on the way to Mount Everest Base Camp, with Ama Dablam in the background. The elevation here is about 5,000 meters. All of those little piles of stones that you can see are memorials to climbers and sherpas who have died on Everest. As you can see, there are many dozens of them, and this is only a small portion of the total. You can also see a couple of trekkers coming up the hill. To be surrounded by such incredible natural beauty, while at the same time be among so many reminders of tragedy is very strange, very mixed emotions.
I'm not that happy with the photo, thinking that if I knew then what I know now I would have taken a much better photo, but still I feel it's worthwhile.
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mkawalec (544) 2007-01-17 23:17
Great clear view with astonishing landscape. Very interesting note.
GLEM (3004) 2007-01-18 0:27
une image qui nous rappelle que l'homme est tout petite face à la nature. Joli point de vue, et note très utile.
vesalius (861) 2007-01-18 0:38
I'm not sure why you're happy with the photo, I think it's very good. The mountain is very sharp and the contrast is very good. Sometimes I find it's hard to get good contrast in the midday like that, but yours turned out very well. The foreground terrain acts to frame the mountain as well. The note, as always, is excellent.
P.S. Still waiting for your shots from Dog Mtn. :)
excited (143) 2007-01-18 1:50
I think the place alone make it an interesting photo, yah composition,light all those things matter but sometimes I believe we are our own worst critics, I think its a very cool shot, those mountains are stunning, thanks for sharing,
Fis2 (103874) 2007-01-18 4:53
Beautiful mountains. Wonderful landscape. I like the frame and colors. Well done.
ChrisJ (117197) 2007-01-18 5:12
It's still a magnificant vista & well worth posting imho. Superb graphism of the worlds highest peak against the blue sky. Good lighting sharpness & contrast & a poignant reminder of the many who didn't make it.
PixelTerror (0) 2007-01-18 5:20
Back to the scans I see, a nice view from the upper world, it's good to have this foreground to show how the highest peaks rise above them. I share the last thoughts of your note to a large extend, so many trips without much knowledge of photography other than instinctive shooting, if I were to return to say Bolivia now, I would burn Terabytes of pixels !
Have a nice day,
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2007-01-18 8:34
For a scanned image, the quality is amazingly good. Excellent clarity and sharpness. Most of all, Everest seems to tower above all the other peaks emphasising its dominant status. By the way, was this taken from Kalapatthar area?
With Greetings from India
nwoehnl (122) 2007-01-18 13:02
Yes it must be a chilling sight to experience in person, Alvin. Even in your photo the eerieness is well conveyed. Good wide-angle framing to show this place in the foreground, with the snow-capped range towering majestically in the back. The scanning quality is pretty good.
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-01-18 13:42
The view itself is very impressive, and your note's reading add to the sense of this picture, and to its impact.
Philippe (11836) 2007-01-18 15:56
Hi, Alvin. A fantastic place, which can also look a little gloomy if you consider what the cairns on the left are for. But the view remains magnificent and I must confess I would like to see it with my own eyes one day. It is true the photo could be better, mainly the light in the foreground - I have seen some of your recent photos ans I understand why you say so. But the scenery is so great I thhink you were right to show it.
jmcl (14535) 2007-01-18 17:13
It is a beautiful image .. and once you understand it intensely evocative .. it is evocative on its own but with the note ..
You know I don't think for most of us a location like that is one where you are going to visit it day after day after day to chart out "the" shot ..
In my very humble opinion this is stunning.
cdmonson (5244) 2007-01-18 19:20
Absolutely stunning Alvin, and the note makes it even more impressive and humbling. I do like that the natural lines in the picture draw your attention to two things--the majesty of Everest and the tragic reminders in the foreground. Well done.
john_c (24666) 2007-01-19 12:46
There is great drama here and despite some slight loss of quality with the scan, the lighting and sharpness level seem about right. I like the contrast between the foreground and background tones. I can sense the mixed emotions you speak of in your note. An incredible area to view and even more to actually traverse. Well captured, Alvin.
sarju (5324) 2007-01-19 19:46
Visually, a very dramatic photo and an equally dramatic note.
Thanks a lot for this photojournalistic shot
cheers ... sarju
kevinos (7517) 2007-02-15 9:36
What a pleasure it is to browse through your pictures!You have technical excellence and an eye for the beauty of nature. This one caught my eye, not only because it is a wonderful presentation of a spectacular natural site, but also because it is a facinating record of the sacrifice paid by so many Sherpas to climbing. The picture is nicely composed with the path leading into the scene and the high point of the mountain placed to the left. It beautifully exposed and sharp throughout as is suitable for a record of such a natural view.Regards Kevin
pierrefonds (69763) 2007-04-23 7:22
A good POV of the memorials and of the beautiful mountains, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Have a nice day.