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Chogolisa Basecamp, Pakistan 17th December 2006

8 Responses to “Chogolisa Basecamp, Pakistan”

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    Wow, really beautiful! I love the splash of color on white and the moon is a great addition to the composition. All around, great capture!

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    One of those pictures that really make you want to go there. Ah well, at home the nights are freezing and the mornings are crisp and clear, maybe I\'ll camp outside for a night…

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    Jeff Ambrose:

    Excellent shot, any idea on the length of exposure?

    Thanks, Jeff. I am not sure anymore, but likely it was either 30 seconds (the max normal time of the EOS3) or a few minutes as I also was carrying my remote control.

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    Ashish Sidapara:


  5. 5

    The colors in this picture are pure magic !

  6. 6

    LOVE this shot! The lighting is superb. Colors are stunning. And the composition is perfect…well done!

  7. 7

    Gorgeous…. Thanks

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Chogolisa Basecamp, Pakistan

The story behind "Chogolisa Basecamp, Pakistan"

Chogolisa is known as Bride Peak and it is here that famous climber Hermann Buhl died. I went on a non-commercial expedition with 8 South African members and us 2 dutch climbers. After all the crowds on the -beautiful- hike in on the enormous Baltoro glacier, it was nice to separate us from the main track in search of a way up Chogolisa, more than 7500m high.

The old descriptions were outdated as an icefall was blocking our way and after I found our way past it, we could set up our tents here for ABC, Advanced Base Camp at 5500m. It was in the middle of a cirque, with steep icy walls all around us, releasing avalanches constantly, creating the sound of a busy railway station…

Some days it snowed all the time and some nights like this one were really clear, though at the end the huge snowfall of this 2004 season stopped us from summiting. A great experience nonetheless, scanned from Provia slide, shot in July 2004. The light inside is from Marian’s head torch, I told her to move her head a bit so I could capture the glow of the tent. The light in front of the tents is from my own torch, the light in the back if from the great torch in the sky :)

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