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Photographer's Note

It's been a while now since I uploaded a photo to TE that wasn't from India but after my last photo of Mt. Kangchenjunga at dawn I was reminded of a photo I took on a trip to Nepal nearly 3 years ago of the beautiful Mt. Machapuchare at dawn. After much searching through my CD archives I finally managed to track it down.

This photo shows the twin peaks of Mt. Machapuchare just as the first light of dawn rises above the horizon behind us and turns it into a mountain of gold. Mt. Machapuchare (6,997m / 22,943ft) is more commonly known as Mt. Fishtail due to it's twin peaks and middle ridge looking rather similar in shape to the tail of a fish.

The photo was taken from one of the most famous and popular viewpoints in the Himalayan mountains called Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,531ft) which is in the Annapurna region of the Himalaya, about 25km north of Pokhara, the main town of the region.

Machapuchare has never been climbed to its summit. The first, and only known, attempt was in 1957 by a British team led by Jimmy Roberts. They climbed to within 50m of the summit via the North Ridge, but did not complete the ascent as they had promised not to set foot on the actual summit. Since then, the mountain has been declared sacred, and it is now forbidden to climbers.

Technical details (or lack of them!): I took this photo nearly 3 years ago and the various settings and camera data have not been saved along with the photo file. Unfortunately this means I can't tell you any details such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings etc. and I've no hope of remembering. Sorry.

PP details: Full-frame shot, no cropping; Slight brightness/contrast boost; Minimal work to reduce graininess; White frame added.

Regards,

Rich

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