As I was sitting drinking tea across the valley in Sanasa, I heard a loud rumble and spat out the mouthful of hot liquid I was about to swallow.
The sound was so loud and unearthly that the adrenaline in my blood stream was insisting that I got up and ran in the opposite direction as fast as I possible could.
In an attempt to calm my fleeing body I looked up at Thamserku, the Himalayan giant towering above me, and saw the billowing could of snow expanding on the steep mountain face.
The glacier that you can see tumbling down from right to left down the mountain, suddenly let go a massive serac, or ice cliff and I watched as it came crashing down onto the glacier below. The power and violence was magnificent and anyone near at that moment would have been killed instantly.
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xavshot (69835) 2006-04-24 15:07
extraordinaire cette prise. Un beua moment décisif et une excellent cadrage. Ta photo fait bien ressortir la force de cette avalanche. Superbe !
MichaelTrezzi (3368) 2006-04-24 15:33
Hi Richard, congratullations to your prepardnes to quickly push the trigger. Very nice pic, god composition and POV. Tahnks for sharing. Cheers, Michael
fijiphil (1355) 2006-04-24 16:18
Wow that's well captured. I think a polariser would have helped here instead of a UV filter. I keep one permanently screwed on when I am in the mountains.
tontonjc (6623) 2006-04-24 16:58
une belle vue de ces montagnes . Un trés bon cadrage et couleurs mettant bien en valeur cette superbe avalanche.
Pil poil au bon moment !!
JasPahal (336) 2006-04-24 17:45
Intense!! I agree with fijiphil about the polariser :), but who has time for that when there's an avalanche occuring right in front of you! Thanks for sharing!
s10001in (0) 2006-04-24 23:22
Nice one richard...
MLINES (12516) 2006-04-26 2:01
Richard, Magnificent capture. Good colours and clear summit. Please you are here to show this to TE. Well done.
Vicky (1446) 2006-04-27 16:11
Wow, wouldn't like to try and outrun this one! Must have been a sight to see (and hear!) Excellent shot taken under the circumstances and it just proves that you must have your camera with you at all times. If you hadn't, you'd have missed this shot, and a picture is worth a thousand words. Well done, glad you came away unscathed. Best wishes, Vicky
Zumosol (520) 2006-04-28 11:40
Very impresive moment of nature.Very well done, the quality of the Photo is superb.I like very much your note.TFS.
highman (1185) 2006-05-07 13:44
Extraordinary view of the Avalanche! Thanks for sharing!
natwald (0) 2006-05-19 8:05
Impressive mountain, interesting capture. Good job you had IS, as I'm sure you would be trembling ;)
So it didn't reach as far as you then?
capella (182) 2006-07-21 9:37
Perfect shot Richard. Composition and action perferct. Colors and focus perfect too. Well done.
Ghivelder (0) 2006-11-18 6:23
I would have classified it "decisive moment"...
delic (6735) 2007-01-16 7:28
Superb capture of a decisive moment... I'm impressed with your preparedness. It does seem like a polarizer would have helped here but I always just have the UV on the mountains too. You can saturate in PP. Best wishes, Hakan.
Francisco_Brito (219) 2007-03-19 8:46
I envy your luck and your cold blood to remember to catch the moment with the camera.
The exposure is perfect - no unviewable shades.
The image is almost monochromatic blue - did you force this to happen?
ViktorVaughn (1521) 2007-03-19 8:50
This is a magnificent capture, where you were in the right place at the right time.
I'm late to comment on this photo as you submitted almost a year ago. But I still have to give you two points for this. Good colours, and the cloud of snow is breathtaking.
jdurbas (69) 2007-04-22 12:26
just amazing :)
Silversnow (2319) 2008-07-25 5:14
Truly stunning and stupendous moment, the photo must hardly convey the sheer strenght of such a spectacular mass, but you definitely had the right reaction to picture it for our enjoyment :D
Superb peak, in it's own right, well exposed and framed, with a superb POV.
Hellas (6945) 2009-02-15 5:22
Great moment for shooting, Richard!
It is great also your hiking efforts to be close to all those miracles of nature!
I made a WS to improve the performance, giving contrast and reduce a little the light.
I hope you like it!
pedrodk (40) 2011-08-29 3:15
Magnifique moment plein de force avec un joli contraste sur le nuage de l'avalanche qui le met bien en valeur !!! Bravo
- Copyright: Richard SG (escher1) (1268)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-04-05
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS, RAW @ ISO 100, UV
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Summits above 6 000 meters (20 000 feet) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-04-24 15:03
- Favorites: 2 [view]