If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may remember my post about the trip to Khangchendzonga National Park in northern India. In this post I talked about the ups and downs I experienced during a 13-day trek through the park – and I also mentioned that there were more images to come..

It was freezing cold and soon after I had finished shooting “Himalayan Twighlight” from my chosen vantage point along Rathong River, I started packing my gear. Fog came creeping up the valley from behind me, blocking the sun and I was more than keen on crawling back into my sleeping bag. I was just about to peel off the ice that had accumulated on the legs of my tripod, when I saw that, amidst the fog, Kabru’s southern peak started catching some light. Wind was blowing snow around the ridgeline and the sun’s first rays painted a warm glow onto South Kabru’s south eastern face. Back to one: I grabbed my camera and long zoom from my bag, attached it to my tripod and composed a shot.

Warm sunrise light on Kabru South in Khangchendzonga National Park

Kabru's Awakening

The light was getting more and more intense but somehow the scene was still lacking contrast. Despite the protest of my freezing fingers I knew I’d have to pull out my polarizer. My filter-bag was iced-over too (of course, I keep it hanging on my tripod all the time), so I had to be careful handling the bag and the filters, as not to get them murky. It took me quite a bit longer than usual to fit the filter onto the lens, but I succeeded just in time. I pushed the shutter button twice – then the light was gone.

Rathong Valley
Khangchendzonga National Park

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @ 200mm
ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/250
Gitzo GT1541T

3. April 2013

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