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Mount Armstrong

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Mount Brewster (right) and Top Heavy (left), with Brewster Glacier between. The summit of Mount Armstrong is in the foreground. Southern Alps, New Zealand...
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Mount Brewster (right) and Top Heavy (left), with Brewster Glacier between. The summit of Mount Armstrong is in the foreground. Southern Alps, New Zealand
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boitasapin August 08, 2016
congratulation... you win my challenge "from the top of a mountain"... awesome shot... very impressive
Mary18 January 21, 2017
Cool shot!
occasionalclimber January 21, 2017
Thank you
MariaBander August 01, 2017
Superbe Picture. Thank you for joining my Contest! Good Luck.
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Thank you Maria
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Amazing capture. Congrats!
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Behind The Lens


In November (Spring), on the summit of Mount Armstrong (2,174m), Aspiring National Park, South Island of New Zealand


About mid-morning


Being in the mountains above the snowline, despite there being quite a lot of cloud around, the light was still quite intense. So I needed a fast shutter spend so i could keep the ISO at 100


A Nikon P7800. ISO 100, shutter 500/sec


Although Mount Armstrong is an easy peak to climb, it does have a nice distinct summit. Chris was checking the snow condition on top with his ice axe, so he was nicely engaged in the scene – not in a contrived pose. The view beyond was spectacular too, so there was all the inspiration I needed to take this and plenty more besides


Primarily Photoshop adjustments to light and shadow to bring out the details and texture. In the intense light of the mountains above the snow line this is usually needed to get the best from a shot

In my camera bag

I love the mountains, so as little as possible - at present a Nikon D7000 camera body, an 18-85 small zoom and the 55-300 bigger zoom, a spare battery and beaten up lightweight tripod - good for hiking. If I'm going for a summit then it's even less - a compact Nikon P7800 with mirrorless through the lens digital view finder, full manual operation and RAW file capture - absolutely great when you still want to control your photography but need to keep moving and can't afford to have stuff hanging off you


Go to great places, always be ready for the unexpected shot and keep shooting. In the mountains I constantly take a shot, take a few more steps and see an even better composition or angle. But you need the right gear so that you can still move steadily and shift between climbing and taking photos quickly and safely

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