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Mt Everest - One I Took Earlier!

Mt Everest - One I Took Earlier!
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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: 1991-01-02
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-07 7:31
Viewed: 6454
Points: 32
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In the citiques of my last posting, Evelyn said that I would no doubt see Mt Everest one day - I do not think it will surprise anyone that I already have - in 1990 from the flight seeing trip ex Kathmandu. Everyone was invited to the cockpit to take 2 shots (in pre 9/11 days). That time I was very lucky as it was the first time the flight had been able to take off for a week!

This is a scanned slide - Agfa 100asa taken with a Pentax SFX.

The Tibetan name for Mount Everest is Chomolungma or Qomolangma, translated as "Mother of the Universe" or "Goddess Mother of the Snows"), and the related[citation needed] Chinese name is Zhūmùlǎngmǎ Fēng (Simplified Chinese: 珠穆朗玛峰; Traditional Chinese: 珠穆朗瑪峰) or Shèngmǔ Fēng (Simplified Chinese: 圣母峰; Traditional Chinese: 聖母峰). According to English accounts of the mid-19th century, the local name in Darjeeling for Mount Everest was Deodungha, or "Holy Mountain."[1]. In the 1960s, the Government of Nepal gave the mountain an official Nepali name: Sagarmatha (सगरमाथा), meaning "Head of the Sky".

In 1865, the mountain was given its English name by Andrew Waugh, the British surveyor-general of India. With both Nepal and Tibet closed to foreign travel, he wrote:

I was taught by my respected chief and predecessor, Colonel Sir George Everest to assign to every geographical object its true local or native appellation. But here is a mountain, most probably the highest in the world, without any local name that we can discover, whose native appellation, if it has any, will not very likely be ascertained before we are allowed to penetrate into Nepal. In the meantime the privilege as well as the duty devolves on me to assign…a name whereby it may be known among citizens and geographers and become a household word among civilized nations.

Waugh chose to name the mountain after George Everest, first using the spelling Mont Everest, and then Mount Everest. However, the modern pronunciation of Everest(EV-er-est)) is in fact different from Sir George's own pronunciation of his surname, which was (EAVE-rest).

In the early 1960s, the Nepalese government realized that Mount Everest had no Nepalese name. This was because the mountain was not known and named in ethnic Nepal (that is, the Kathmandu valley and surrounding areas). The government set out to find a name for the mountain (the Sherpa/Tibetan name Chomolangma was not acceptable, as it would have been against the idea of unification (Nepalization) of the country. The name Sagarmatha (सगरमाथा) was thus invented by Baburam Acharya.

Everest is the mountain whose summit attains the greatest distance above sea level. Several other mountains are sometimes claimed as alternative "tallest mountains on Earth". Mauna Kea in Hawaii is tallest when measured from its base; it rises over 10,200 m (6.3 mi) when measured from its base on the mid-ocean floor, but only attains 4,205 m (13,796 ft) above sea level.

By the same measure of base to summit, Denali, in Alaska, is also taller than Everest. Despite its height above sea level of only 6,193.6 m (20,320 ft), Denali sits atop a sloping plain with a elevations from 300-900 m (1,000-3,000 ft), yielding a height above base in the range of 5,300-5,900 m (17,300-19,300 ft); a commonly quoted figure is 5,600 m (18,400 ft). By comparison, reasonable base elevations for Everest range from 4,200 m (13,800 ft) on the south side to 5,200 m (17,100 ft) on the Tibetan Plateau, yielding a height above base in the range of 3,650 m (12,000 ft) to 4,650 m (15,300 ft).

The summit of Chimborazo in Ecuador is 2,168 m (7,113 ft) farther from the Earth's centre (6,384.4 km or 3,967.1 mi) than that of Everest (6,382.3 km or 3,965.8 mi), because the Earth bulges at the Equator. However, Chimborazo attains a height of only 6,267 m (20,561 ft) above sea level, and by this criterion it is not even the highest peak of the Andes.

The deepest spot in the ocean is deeper than Everest is high: the Challenger Deep, located in the Mariana Trench, is so deep that if Everest were to be placed into it there would be more than 2 km (1.25 mi) of water covering it.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-08-07 7:45]

Hi James,
I've seen Everest also, on a flight from Kathmandu to Paro (Bhutan). Interesting note, in Bhutan they call Everest Chomolonga, very close to the Tibetan name Chomolangma. The view you have here is quite stunning, all I saw was the peak above some clouds.

A little camera shake in the image but as you're bumping along in what was no doubt a very small aircraft that can be forgiven :-) And considering this was taken from the cockpit of an aircraft it's a very good capture indeed.

selam james, excellent shot and very good composition of this mount nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done !
Regards ridvan

Hi James,
Amazing erosion detail patterns. Good sharp focus and lighting.

Hello James,
Excellent composition on the Mt.Everest in good exposure and focus!
The cloud really a xtra bonus to the scene and enjoy
thanks for sharing and the wonderful notes

hi james,

exceptionnal beauty,like 3D picture.
and very impressive!

Ah so... I wasn't too far off. This is an amazing shot considering the circumstances. I love the way the clouds are laced in among the peaks and valley. I suspect if they had submersibles travelling to the Challenger Deep, you would be on the waiting list!!.

Evelynn : )

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-07 10:56]

I like it! Wonderful photo with great detail and light.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-07 11:35]

Hello James,
How nice to have been able to see and photograph Everest without having to go through the tribulations of high altitude!
Very nice scan of a fine and well composed shot of a sight that most of us will never see. But its nice to have a surrogate view!

Hi James,
I just been writing that a future trip will show you the summit. Now I see that you already captured it. It's just not fair!
A wonderful and impressive photo where the quality of the scan came out pretty good. Love the fact that it is almost a B&W photo except for the blue sky.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-07 18:25]

Hello James

Wow! What a sight.The clouds look surreal in front of that giant.The focus is very good and the details are sharp.Very good lighting.Where haven't you been?I suspect that list would be shorter.TFS


Hi James,
Wow, this is impressive picture and the reasons are few.
First it is nice to see so exotic place. I have never been in Asia so every picture from this region is really interesting for me, especially from such places like this one.
Second this is really good photo. DOF, POV, colours and details are impressive. I just wonder if you there is needed any special technique to take photo on such elevation (I mean did you use any filters?)
The third: after 3 weeks in really hot Balkans (and before next month in this region) it is a great pleasure to watch something "colder" ;)
TFS and my best regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-08 5:53]

James, absolutely another brilliant master piece from you. The shot is beautiful and amazingly lovely landscape. Ganesh

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-09 0:48]

Hi James,
This looks like a dream... It's such a beautiful and mysterious view. Colors, light, POV and composition are very nice.TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-08-14 4:11]

Hi James, I see that you have posted many interesting shots whilst I have been away. What a fab one this is. I was in Nepal about 11 years ago but I didn't get such a stunning shot as this! It has to be one of the best views of Everest ever. Perfect light and perfectly exposed, so clean and sharp. Excellent.

Hi James,
What an incredible chunk of landscape, the beauty of your photo is so breathtaking. Definitely an awesome view. :)

Hi James,

absolutely spectacular view, I can feel the power of nature here!



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