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A view from my belay stance 30 metres away from the summit of Mount Brewster (2,515m), Aspiring National Park, New Zealand...
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A view from my belay stance 30 metres away from the summit of Mount Brewster (2,515m), Aspiring National Park, New Zealand
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5 Comments |
dglarson
 
dglarson February 14, 2019
Gorgeous shot.
DianeT Platinum
 
DianeT March 23, 2020
That puts it all in perspective! Great shot!
occasionalclimber
occasionalclimber March 23, 2020
I guess you're referring to the 'behind the lens' blurb? If so, glad it helps :-)
AnnHopta PRO+
 
AnnHopta February 17, 2021
Great shot! But better you be there than me! LOL.
occasionalclimber
occasionalclimber February 17, 2021
It was a buzz alright. I can recommend it :-)
Netty PRO
 
Netty November 26, 2021
Congratulations on winning my "Security" photo challenge. I love your work!
occasionalclimber
occasionalclimber November 27, 2021
Thank you Betty. That is a nice surprise - I wasn't sure that image would fit security but you clearly got the idea. Thanks again :-)
occasionalclimber
occasionalclimber November 27, 2021
Sorry, Netty. Auto correct got me again..
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marcomanzutto May 15
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Behind The Lens

Location

In October (spring), on the summit ridge of Mt Brewster, Aspiring National Park, New Zealand.

Time

9.30am.

Lighting

I was shooting towards the sun, which gave the dramatic back-lit effect of my climbing buddy on the summit. The image was opportunistic – clouds were swirling about constantly and soon after I took this scene they completely engulfed us, making further photography pointless.

Equipment

A Lumix TZ 220. The settings for this stitch of 3 portrait images were F8, 800/sec, ISO125, lens at 24mm.

Inspiration

I think the image speaks for itself – it was really satisfying to reach the summit after a failed attempt 4 years earlier.

Editing

After processing each of the 3 RAW images and stitching them in Photoshop there was some tidying up to do due to the 24mm lens setting. Sitting in my belay stance was very limiting, hence the need to take 3 portrait shots to actually catch so much in one eventual image. Finally some Photoshop fine tuning to light and shadow to bring out the details and texture.

In my camera bag

I love the mountains, so as little as possible - at present a Nikon D750 camera body, a 24-120 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 Lumix TZ 220 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.

Feedback

To capture action in difficult places consider leaving the DSLR behind. Compact mirrorless cameras have become very powerful now and they are so much easier and safer to use in tricky spots and when on the move.

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