Torino... enfin Pointe Helbronner. On court dans tous les sens ... le thermomètre est à -10 (dans la poche) ; -20, -22, -24, -30 .... !
On est partagés entre l'envie indsicible de faire des images, d'observer la folie de lumières et brumes déchirées qui nous entoure, .... Mais on sait qu'on doit rejoindre la sorte d'abris aussi, avant qu'il fasse nuit, et que je dois conduire tout ce monde à travers le glacier enneigé ...
Donc on fait quelques images vite fait, très vite fait, de tous les côtés. C'est beau mais il faut partir, il fait trop froid pour rester de toute façon ....!
En repartant du Trient; à l'aube du 1er novembre. Il a fait trop beau les jours précédants; il fallait bien que le ciel finisse par se couvrir.
On s'est réveillés à 5h; après avoir lavé la vaisselle avec de la neige fondue au dentifrice à la lueur d'une frontale; et avoir mis le réveil à 00h; 2h; ... pour alimenter le feu qui bien sûr s'est éteint.
Quand le premier réveillé s'écrie 'Bonjour tout le monde!' je lui réponds vaguement un 'Bonne nuit tout seul' ... mais bon; il faut se lever quand même. On prend encore 3 heures à se préparer; mais quand on repasse le col qui donne sur la cabane d'Orny et (bien plus bas), Champex; on voit enfin ce ciel incroyable. Des nuages fous s'accrochent aux sommets dans une lumière folle. Avec ce pic fumant qui dépasse au fond. Bien sur; c'est loin, très loin... (beaucoup trop loin, en fait)
Map is a bit hard to decipher, but I'm pretty sure that the snowy mountains in the centre are the Simnang Himal (6251m) and the higher mountains at right are part of the Manaslu Himal. This shot was taken at sunrise in Samdo.
This is a photo of a perfect reflection of the Mont Blanc Massif in the ‘Lac de Chérsery”. On that evening in October, the water of the lake only remained completely calm for a few minutes offering me this tremendous photo opportunity. Starting from left to right, the photo allows one’s gaze to wander from the Auigelle Verte to the Grande Jurasse and main peak of the Mont Blanc.
The first rays of the rising sun are touching the peaks of the Swiss Alps. This shot shows the rising sun just below the mountain top of the 3610-meter high Üsseren Barrhorn (left). It also offers a view stretching from the mountain peaks of the Bernese Oberland and the Aletsch area all the way to the Rhone Valley and the very first peaks of the Mischabel Mountain Range.
A early morning light at Zabriskie Point. A classic and so much known place of the Death Valley National Park, but for sure a "must see" at this time of the day. Taken in february 2013, at the "cool" season !
Denali National Park, 2011. The park's statistics says than when visiting it, everyone have 85 percent chance to see a grizzly, but only 40 percent of chance to see a piece of Mt. McKinley ! Here it is, taken at the end of the day, in what is the most impressive landscape I've seen while visiting Alaska.
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This is the absolutely gorgeous Barre des Écrins (4.102 m), cherished by the sunset light. On the left you can see the Barre Noire, on the right the Dôme de Neige.
Shot taken from the slopes over the Glacier Blanc (approx. 3.250 m).
The Barre is the highest point of the Massif des Écrins, and the most southerly alpine peak in Europe that is higher than 4.000 metres.
The summit crest of the Barre is pratically visible from any other peak of the western Alps, as well as from a few French high passes, like the Galibier... but, in order to enjoy a total comprehensive view of this magnificent north face, well, there is only one way, starting from Pré de Madame Carle. It's then possible to enjoy this spectacle only after have walked for hours and hours through woods, moraines and glacier... something that makes the flavor of this vision even more austere and remote, a place that does not allow itself to everybody.
In this exact area the Glacier Blanc tilts heavily, covering an altitude from approx. 3.000 meters to 4.102... so you are looking to a thousand meters of ice, with an average angle inclination of 45°.
Last picture regarding the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen). Then, before showing other details, sides, and particular aspects of this lovely area, obviously in different conditions of light, I'll move the "photographic journey" to other places of the Dolomites, just to offer a more varied palette.
Shot taken on October 5th 2012, at 01:16 a.m. This landscape is entirely lit by the moonlight, which was already pretty hight on the east.
Here you can see the mount Paterno (left), my trusted tent (lit with a torch from inside) and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo north faces in the distance. This particular spot has proved an excellent location. It allowed to include, in a single shot, all the most significant peaks, without incurring excessive use of wide-angle... that would have flattened the entire panorama, something I generally detest (except for very specific issues) then carefully avoid, for a simple matter of love and respect to the original forms of the mountains I want to portray. Before taking a photo, I usually first care to get a correct shape, then I look for the proper light. Because a light without form would generally make no sense.
Temperature here at night was around zero degrees centigrade, maybe a little less because of some humidity. So, indeed very comfortable. I generally use the tent because it is easier to cook inside providing repair from the wind, and also when planning a multi-day trip allows you to return home still with a... human aspect besides it's basilar to have a shelter if the weather turns out to be problematic. Also, let's say it, the tent is the icing on the cake in the photographic compositions!
Here you can see part of the marvelous Aiguilles de Chamonix (Mont Blanc massif), in the exact moment when a turbulence began to set free a few summits, revealing a magic world completely encrusted in ice. A view that does not happen every day, even in winter, because of the very vertical walls.
This is the light just before sunset. I would say the best one for this kind of subject, since a warmer light would have somehow interfered with the glacial atmosphere.
From left to right: Aiguille de Blaitière (3.522 m), Dent du Caiman (3.554 m), Dent du Crocodile (3.640 m), Aiguille du Plan (3.673 m).
Lenticular clouds forming as a result of the Wasatch Mountain's towering peaks catch some beautiful light as the sun sets. I used my 500mm telephoto to bring this scene miles away close enough to glimpse.
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An image created almost exactly two years ago on what is now my most productive photography sunrise. I took this in Arches National Park and by this point of the morning I had already gotten some images I thought would be unique, in a frantic search to capitalize on these amazing conditions, I scrambled to the top of a rock out crop and saw these beautiful banks of rolling fog from a birds eye view.
Some of my older watchers may recognize this image, I posted a few years ago but I removed it because I wasn't happy with the processing. I dug this out and reworked it using luminosity masks and was happy with the improvements.
I'm still watching the weather in the Moab area, if we get a big snow-storm I'll get down there for sure to capture a handful of shots I've been scouting on my recent trips... so on that note lets hope for snow!
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