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Mountain Range, Antarctica 21st December 2006

4 Responses to “Mountain Range, Antarctica”

  1. 1

    Amazing to think of whole moutains under ice… I love your shots & always learn so much from your commentary!

  2. 2
    Ashish Sidapara:

    Beautiful landscape, superb capture!

  3. 3
    Jeff Ambrose:

    Very nice, a landscape most of us can only dream about.

  4. 4

    Beautiful! Great lighting over the ice. As alway…well done!

  • Canon EOS 20D
  • 0.001 s (1/1600) (1/1600)
  • f/8.0
  • program (auto)
  • 100
  • 2005:12:31 19:33:44
  • matrix
  • 200.00 (200/1)
  • Auto Exposure
Mountain Range, Antarctica

The story behind "Mountain Range, Antarctica"

As Antarctica is covered by a thick layer of ice, up to thousands meters high, many mountains and ranges are completely covered. But close to the Patriot Hills base you can see this range with many -likely unclimbed- peaks. It is really hard to tell how far it is, not only was this shot with a 200mm lens on a 20D, (so effectively 320mm), but the air is so clean and clear that distances are impossible to estimate.

To actually get to the spot where I took this picture, we thought we would have to walk for maybe 20 minutes, but only after more than an hour we came close..

Many clouds cover the ice but the ever present sun was shining through a series of small holes creating nice patches of light on this bright blue-grey scenery, shot in the very last hours of 2005..

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