How To: Get an amazing photo from the flanks of Mt. Everest

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13 Responses to “How To: Get an amazing photo from the flanks of Mt. Everest”

  1. Henry Pootel says:

    1) Select all
    2) Filter > Sherpen Image

  2. styrofoam says:

    The thing that unsettles/fascinates me about documentaries on Everest is that it’s usually portrayed as the triumph of man over nature, the climber being followed making this huge triumph over adversity as he summits the tallest place on the planet.

    Never mind the Sherpas that just hauled up a friggin IMAX camera, battery packs, and enough film and lighting equipment to make that summit shot really resonate.

    • Aloisius says:

      That photo is of the everest base camp, not the summit. I do not believe sherpas climb to the summit.

      Edit: oh it looks like quite a few do.

      • winkybb says:

        Sherpas absolutely do haul stuff to the summit on behalf of clients. Including the clients’ asses on numerous occasions.

        I also contend that photographs suitable for inclusion in “Outside” can be taken with available light, small (but high quality) cameras, lenses and bit of talent and creativity. Why these guys need all that other stuff is beyond me. They’re in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Photograph that, not each other.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        I do not believe sherpas climb to the summit.

        The first person to reach the summit was a Sherpa.

        • ninjapornstar says:

           Actually, not true. (Insofar as a fact known only to two people on earth, both now dead, can ever be verified.)

          Tenzing was the most experienced climber on the summit team, having participated in 6 previous attempts on the mountain. However, in his biography, “Tiger of the Snows,” he acknowledged that Hillary was first. Hillary confirmed the assertion following Tenzing’s death in 1986.

          Given the political issues at play in the first ascent of Everest, there was tremendous pressure for both men to declare that they were the “first” person on the summit. The Indian and Nepalese wanted to claim it was Tenzing, the UK were for Hillary (quelle surprise). Instead, both men decided to keep mum about the issue for a few decades.

          The famous photo of the lone climber on the summit is of Tenzing and was taken by Hillary. Hillary claimed it was because he was unsure that Tenzing knew how to operate a camera. Tenzing claimed that he offered, but was rebuffed. Whatever, they were both probably so fried at that point that it is impressive that they remembered to take pictures at all.

          At the end of the day though, who was “first” of a two-man team is not reflective of the effort or work that each man put into the ascent. For example, one could have led the majority of the day’s climb, breaking trail and making countless, minute route-finding decisions, only to cede the lead for the last hundred yards because of exhaustion.

          Note: the proceeding paragraph does not apply if you’re Hermann Buhl.

  3. ROSSINDETROIT says:

    Looking at the first shot above, I thought the ‘amazing photo’ meant a guy about to hit a climber in the head with a colossal ice cube on a stick.  Seriously, look at it again and you can’t un-see that.

  4. autark says:

    I’m skeptical of photographers who require fancy flashes to take amazing photos.  Don’t get me wrong, you can do some neat tricks, but if you’re going to spend all that time setting up lights, you might as well spend your patience on capturing amazing natural light.

    The altitude means thinner air, less dust & other junk between you and the sun… the sky can be a deep, dark blue, pretty naturally beautiful.

    • mccrum says:

      This.  Bring a bounce for fill and a scrim to cut down the bright overhead light and you’ll be better off when the batteries on either of these devices stop working.

      Stop adding light to the scene, redirect the light you have.

      • headcode says:

        If you want to bring down the value of the sunlit background that is miles away the only way to do that is to add light.  Or put up a 500 square mile scrim.

    • Guest says:

      “you might as well spend your patience on capturing amazing natural light.”

      I’ve heard that the weather on Everest is so stable that you can wait for days, nay, weeks, without fear of death-dealing shifts in local climate conditions.  Of course, these people invented this stuff for NO REASON. You know best.

    • Guest says:

      “you might as well spend your patience on capturing amazing natural light.”

      I’ve heard that the weather on Everest is so stable that you can wait for days, nay, weeks, without fear of death-dealing shifts in local climate conditions.  Of course, these people invented this stuff for NO REASON. You know best.

  5. What’s the temperature up there? I’m guessing speedlites don’t work with the cold? The photos look really nice tough:
    http://media.outsideonline.com/images/970*440/GERLINDE_SLIDESHOW2.jpghttp://media.outsideonline.com/images/970*440/everestbke_slidewho.jpg

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