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Annapurna Sunrise

Annapurna Sunrise
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-03
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-01 9:15
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought I would post something from my archives today. I took this shot (scanned slide) in 2002. This was my last morning near Annapurna, but it had rained solidly or been cloudy over the mountains for the past three days. Imagine my delight when I realised that the sky was at last clear.

Annapurna is a classic pyramidal peak. A pyramidal peak, or sometimes in its most extreme form called a glacial horn (eg Matterhorn), is a mountaintop that has been modified by the action of ice during glaciation and frost weathering. If the use is unambiguous within a mountain context, then the simple terms peak or horn may be used.

Ice fields at the head of glaciers develop U- or bowl-shaped basins in the sides of a mountain called cirques. These encroach on each other to produce ridges known as arêtes. The joining together of three or more arêtes forms a peak. A peak has a sharp summit and steep slopes on at least three sides. They are a common shape for mountain tops in well glaciated areas.

A glacial horn takes the process to its limits, producing near vertical faces on all sides. In the Alps, "Horn" is also the name of very exposed peaks with slope inclinations of 45-60° (e.g. Kitzbüheler Horn).

Annapurna (Sanskrit, Nepali, Nepal Bhasa: अन्नपूर्ण) is a series of peaks in the Himalaya, a 55-km-long massif whose highest point, Annapurna I, stands at 8,091 m (26,538 ft), making it the 10th-highest summit in the world and one of the 14 "eight-thousanders". It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the Kali Gandaki River, which separates it from the Dhaulagiri massif. (Dhaulagiri I lies 34km (21 mi) west of Annapurna I.) Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which is translated as Goddess of the Harvests.

Annapurna II, the eastern anchor of the range, was first climbed in 1960 by a British/Indian/Nepalese team led by Jimmy Roberts, via the West Ridge, approached from the north. The summit party comprised Richard Grant, Chris Bonington, and Sherpa Ang Nyima. In terms of elevation, isolation (distance to a higher summit, namely Annapurna I, 30.5 km) and prominence (2,437 m), Annapurna II does not rank far behind Annapurna I. It is a fully independent peak, despite the close association with Annapurna I which its name seems to imply.

Annapurna III was first climbed in 1961 by an Indian expedition led by Mohan Kohli, via the Northeast Face. The summit party comprised Mohan Kohli, Sonam Gyatso, and Sonam Girmi.

Annapurna IV, near Annapurna II, was first climbed in 1955 by a German expedition led by Heinz Steinmetz, via the North Face and Northwest Ridge. The summit party comprised Steinmetz, Harald Biller, and Jürgen Wellenkamp.

Gangapurna was first climbed in 1965 by a German expedition led by Günther Hauser, via the East Ridge. The summit party comprised 11 members of the expedition.

Annapurna South (also known as Annapurna Dakshin, or Moditse) was first climbed in 1964 by a Japanese expedition, via the North Ridge. The summit party comprised S. Uyeo and Mingma Tsering.

Machapuchare (6993m) is another important peak of the Annapurna Himal, though it just misses the 7000m mark.

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Hello James
Very intersting scene you captured,
Great lighting,composition and POV,
Superb shot,Welldone,

Good Luck

Hi James!

It's a beautiful picture that shows us how small we are... I like the centered composition which underlines the imposing emergence of that peak. You also managed the lighting very well taking care of not burning the whites.

Kind regards

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-10-01 10:10]

hi james,
awesome picture,

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-10-01 10:25]

is this south anapurna..i trekked out of pokhara up to half way to the ABC.. around 4000 metres
and for me to wake up each day with sa over my head was a dream..
it was december so it was dry most of the 11 days except for 1..on the way down
mighty shot

Hello James!
This is another simply monumental photo from your archieve. Great shot, not only because of interesting object but also thanks to technique. I like colouration (beauty sunrise!!!), DoF and panoramic POV. And the note - as always very informative.
TFS and best regards,

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-10-01 11:19]

Quite a beautiful peak, well captured! Good composition.

Hi James,
another country another great landscape image. Beautiful light from sun. composition great as always. Focus, POV also nice. good note to read. if even I cant visit many places, I can see them by your nice shots. many thanks.
best wishes

Hello James,
Excellent composition with best use of the golden sunlight on the top of the mountain and it's so beautiful and clear!
exposure and focus is spot on!
I loved this and thanks for sharing

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-10-01 11:30]

Hi James
perfect moment captured, great compo
really GREAT image

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-01 13:01]

Hi James,
a great capture of this classic mountain.
I love the mit blowing off the left side.
+++ Great composition. Brilliant detail. Natural colours.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

Hello James,

It must at the top or rightside of the Annapurna at the moment of photograph terrible cold. If I see where the wind blows snow of that side brrrrrrrr...............But it is a beautiful sunrise. The dark FG and then the both mountains on the BG make this photo alsmost perfect. Very nice natural colors. Thanks for sharing. Regards and TFS Bob

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-01 18:53]

Hello James,
Beautifully capture, with fantastic light. The snow blowingoff the right side indicates wind, thanks for sharing this great image,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-01 20:38]

Hello James

I love the snow blowing off the mountain.

Just marking the post for now


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-10-01 22:55]

Hello James,
Very impressive mountain, it must be a wonderful
feeling being at its foot.. so majestic
Great POV and composition.. Well done


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-10-01 23:43]

Hello James,
it has been, and still is, a great wish to visit the anapurna region. Have to wait a couple of years till my kids are a little bigger, but will defenitly visit the place. This image make me remind that :-)
Great to see the snow being blown away from the ridge.
Cheers, JAcob

Hello James,
Perfect pyramid shape mountain. Beautiful sunlight that casted on the side of this mountain. Great pov and composition. Very well done and tfs.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-10-02 9:37]

James, Interesting shot and from such a lovely landscape. Great compose and lighting. Ganesh

Hi James,
A beautiful capture of this peak. Taken in a nice time. Very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-03 4:48]

Hi James,
Just marking this shot and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry tied up with an important assignment.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-03 7:47]

This is a beautiful, crisp and clear shot of Annarna James. The sky to clear and blue one can see the dust of snow being blown off the top. You have captured the light wonderfull and the hues are perfect. A very nice pov and all is nice and sharp.
I treked across the Annapurna pass in 1995 and loved it!

James, 14 of my senior boys from Mayo College Ajmer and I did the Annapurna circuit trek (anti-clockwise) in the summer of 1986. It was a gruelling trek lasting more than three weeks and I fell seriously ill during it. Somehow, I survived it and think back on it with a great deal of nostalgia. I had no camera then, so your picture nudges awake memories stored in my mind.
This face of Annapurna is much more attractive than the one from Annapurna South Base Camp which I had walked upto in the summer of 1982, again with a bunch of my school boys from Mayo.
The picture is very beautiful, giving a grand impression of the formidable peak.
Sorry for my erratic appearances on TN. I have moved home again and am still waiting to get an internet connection. It is frustrating not to get things done fast in our country!
TFS and best regards.

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