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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-25
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-02-08 10:05
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kangchenjunga (Nepali:कञ्चनजङ्घा) SewaLungma (Limbu language) is the third highest mountain in the world (after Mount Everest and K2) with an altitude of 8,586 metres (28,169 feet). Kangchenjunga is generally regarded as the highest mountain in India and the second highest peak in Nepal. Kangchenjunga translated means "The Five Treasures of Snows", as it contains five peaks, four of them over 8,450 metres. The treasures represent the five repositories of god, which are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books. Kangchenjunga is also called Sewalungma in local Limbu language and considered sacred in Kirant religion. Three of these five peaks (main, central, and south) are on the border of North Sikkim district of Sikkim, India and Taplejung District of Nepal, while the other two are completely in Taplejung District. Nepal is home to the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area Project run by the World Wildlife Fund in association with HMG in Nepal, the sanctuary is also home to the Red Panda and other snow animals, birds and plants. India's side of Kangchenjunga also has a protected park area called the Khangchendzonga National Park.

Although Kangchenjunga is the official spelling adopted by Douglas Freshfield, A.M. Kellas, and the Royal Geographical Society that gives the best indication of the Tibetan pronunciation, there are a number of alternative spellings which include Kangchen Dzö-nga, Khangchendzonga, Kanchenjanga, Kachendzonga, Kanchenjunga or Kangchanfanga. The final word on the use of the name Kangchenjunga came from His Highness Sir Tashi Namgyal, the Maharaja or chogyal of Sikkim, who stated that "although junga had no meaning in Tibetan, it really ought to have been Zod-nga (treasure, five) Kang-chen (snow, big) conveyed the meaning correctly". Following consultations with a Lieutenant-Colonel J.L.R. Weir (HMG political agent to Sikkim), he agreed that it was best to leave it as Kangchenjunga, and thus the name remained so by acceptance and usage.

Until 1852, Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world, but calculations made by the British Great Trigonometric Survey in 1849 came to the conclusion that Mount Everest was the highest and Kangchenjunga the third-highest. Kangchenjunga was first climbed on May 25, 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band of a British expedition. The British expedition honoured the beliefs of the Sikkimese, who hold the summit sacred, by stopping a few feet short of the actual summit. Most successful summit parties since then have followed this tradition.

This is a view of this beautiful mountain from Gangtok, the Capital of Sikkim, early in the morning.

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What a gorgeous image...I see the winds are up and snow flying...Not sure I have ever seen this effect in this light before..You sure got a lucky image with your ever going eye of an eagle.

Hello Sumon this is really an awesome shot. The light is just perfect with great warm tones, sharp contrasty detail. Nice close view. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-08 10:52]

Hi Sumon. What a great picture of this Mountain. you have used the warm light to give a warm glow to the snow. I like the way the wind is blowing the snow or clouds to the right. well done TFS. very interesting notes,

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-02-08 11:09]

Hello Sumon,

Very beautiful landscape. The triangular shape of this mountain is spectacular, the edges are so sharp. Good POV and very nice colours.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-08 11:14]

Hi Tony,

This is beautiful!! The colors of the mountain and the wind blowing the snow are magnificent. The mountain is glowing. Wonderfully sharp details. As always, a superb composition.


Hi Sumon,
WOW!! what a beautiful photo, that rugged mountain sure is impressive I love the highlights on it from the sun and the silohettes in the foreground. Love it TFS

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-08 12:05]

Wow, I didn't even know this mountain exists. Kangchenjunga, how interesting to learn about the decision making of that name. What a beautiful picture too, it is magnificent, the light is fantastic and superb with the clouds sticking to the mountain. It is interesting to note that the holy books amount for treasures with gold and gems and grains. You really captured the essence, sacred and mundane, of this mountain. Thank you Sumon,


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-08 12:26]

Hi Sumon,
lovely to see such superb shot of a mountain i have often read about. Much better looking than Everest in my opinion!
Excellent composition using the treeline to create some depth and perfect exposure, the colour of the sunlight is beautiful.
thanks for sharing it,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-08 12:42]

Hi Sumon,what a fantastic colours this mount,your pic is take in a decisive moment,when the sun paint the snow,very great landscape,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-02-08 13:21]

Amazing and stunningly beautiful, Sumon! What a fantastic shot! Really an impressive mountain this Kangchenjunga.
Magnificent shot.
Thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-08 13:25]

Hi Sumon

A wonderful posting - all aspects; composition, lighting, colour . . .



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-08 13:53]

Hola Sumon
Hermosa postal. Muy belos colores logrados aqui, exelente claridad e iluminacion. La montaña luce como de ensueño.
Felicidades Sumon

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-08 14:32]

Hi Sumon,
Beautiful mountain captured with a wonderful light!!
TFS, José M.

It is a beautiful mountain, Sumon.
The light is good. I think this is a cloud and not snow blown away; am I mistaken?
I think I will keep the actual summit sacred as well:-).
Very educational note as well.
Well done
Thanks for sharing

Impactante fotografía, realmente impactante.TFS

Hello Sumon,
Another excellent and amazing landscape photo well presented with superb lighting, sharpness, vivid colour and details always
thanks so much for the informative regarding the mountains
have a wonderful weekend, my dearest friend!

Excelente trabajo. La luz impresionante. Primer plano original y efectivo. Eres un artista.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-09 0:19]

Hi Sumon,

A very nice capture,the light is really great in this capture,a good timing is evident,well done and tfs'have a nice weekend


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-09 0:39]

Hi Sumon.
Very interesting note and so impressive mountain picture with great captured moment. Amazing crisp sharpness of the image, lovely warm colours and excellent composition of the picture. My compliments and best regards.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-09 1:49]

Hi Sumon

This is really a splendid shot of this impressive peak!
The third in the world, huh? i guess that on a clear day, you can take a nice panorama from its top :))
The light on it is really terrific and the stormy winds really add a lot of "action" and drama to this landscape...i just hpoe that there was nobody up there while this was happening...
Beautiful work from you!

Bravo and TFS

Excelente trabajo Sumon.
Bellos detalles y fabulosos contrastes, con una nota bastante interesante.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-09 2:28]

Hello Sumon,
Though I have heard a lot about K2, mostly in a mountaineering context, I have never actually seen a picture of it!
So I thank you for this excellent image portraying Mt. Kangchenjunga in great lighting and composition that shows the jet stream blowing the ice crystals away on one side in a golden cloud.
Great to see!

Hi Sumon, superb view of this wonderful mountain with lovely clouds, splendid light and colors, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Sumon,
questa foto riesce a mostrare tutta la grandiosità di questa fantastica montagna.

Hi Sumon
Magnificent landscape. Great contrast dark fores vs white mountain. Good exposure and great dramatic wind
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-09 3:38]

Hello Sumon,
Wonderful view of this big mountain rising high beyond the forest. Superb light and colours and interesting to see it blocking the passage of the clouds! Excellent work!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-09 3:49]

Wow! What a beautiful image Sumon!!!
Just breath-taking!
The light is fabulous and the wind-blown snow is so atmospheric!
Incredible shot!


hello sumon,
nice change from insects to landscape and from a compatct camera to a dslr, fine landscape from Kangchenjunga , i hope to visit there someday but not before i get a wide angle lens.

this is a fine capture and i loved the way the light is illuminating the mountains & the clouds looks so beautiful, well composed shot,
well done as usual
tfs & regards

Hello Sumon,

This is brilliant capture of the elements of nature.

The light is well captured shining brilliantly on that peak with the silhouette foliage in the foreground. There must be strong wind from the left creating those amazing effect like an orange cloud in the sky. Very well composed shot and well done!

Best regards and have a wonderful weekend.


Hi Sumon,
The late sunlight hitting the mountain is very beautiful. it gave the summit a wonderful warm touch eventhough we know that it must be extreemly cold.

Que bela ventania deve ser muito forte,parece desmanchar a montanha,muito boa de exelente qualidade meus parabéns.

Hi Sumon,
Amazing, tellement impressionnant, grandiose avec des couleurs magnifiques et une excellente composition.

Hi Sumon,
This is an impressive picture! It looks like the wind could be blowing the snow on the peak of this majestic mountain but I guess that there are clouds. Colors, lightning and exposure are superb. I enjoyed reading those interesting notes too. This is very well done!

Hi Sumon,
I think the early light has helped to give it that 3D feel, nice warm colortones and great detail..
The windswept effect or look with the snow to the leeward side works very well :)

Hi Sumon Da,
A nice capture of this third highest peak of the world. Excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Sumon,
Wonderful play of light!
The dark silhouetted trees in middle distance enhances the summit so well...
Simply beautiful, and that goes for both mountain and image!
Pablo -

Well done picture, wonderful note! I've learned interesting things from you today. Thanks!


this "burning" mountain is just fantastic! Never seen something like this. Really thanks for sharing, goes to my favs.

Best regards,

Hello Sumon,
fantastic and impressive shot,
I like especialy the splendid lighting on rock
very well done my friend,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-12 1:36]

Hi Sumon,
It's beautiful... I liked the light and the colors a lot. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

bonjour sumon
superbe image,j'aime beaucoup cette couleur du surement a une lumiere rasante!
j'ai l'impression qu'il ne fait pas bon etre au sommet.
bien vu.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-02-13 8:02]

Hi Sumon,
This is a beautiful image. Love the mist blown from the mountain & a clean sky on the other side.There is a lot of character to this image.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-14 1:35]

Wonderful shot Sumon, what a great sight! You've caught very well with a great lighting and exposure, a masterpiece, thanks!


Hello Sumon,

Top shot for the superb lighting! Classy pic of this magnificent peak.


The warm morning light gives this image such beauty. Is that wind blowing the snow or is it fog/mist? Nice work

Evelynn : )

Thanks Mana,

Thanks for reminding us again how puny we humans are. These have outlived the dinos and will outlive us also IF we do not harm the eco.

A gorgeous picture.

Hi Sumon,
Great picture. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-18 10:42]

Hi Sumon,

This landscape is superb. The contrast is really outstanding and I like the clouds on the right side. The light you captured here is first class.


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  • sagar Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 4 N: 1] (32)
  • [2008-02-22 21:37]

Hi Sumanda,
Lovely shot of my fav. peak!!Absolutely stunning view. The colors and the exposure are spot on.
Great one!!

Great pic..
Ive done a workshop for the same..
hope u'd like it..

Hi Sumon,

Very nice shot of the mythical mount with great exposure control. Really a masterpiece. I also like the WS version, it isn't better, but shows us another perspective with the different colors.

Tfs for showing us this gorgeous shot, best wishes from Hungary, Europe. László

Dear Sumon Sahib,
The moments shot by you of this massif are rare to see. It looks like a snow blizzard is going on the summit with gusty jetstream kind of wind condition. Amazing capture & TFS.

Awesome shot of an awesome mountain! Well captured, and thanks for sharing!

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