Travel theme – Horizons

Rules are made to be broken – right?

I was reading over Ailsa’s blog post (WheresMyBackPack – Travel Themes – Horizons) and it got me to thinking about the photos I’d taken during my recent travels.

RULE 1:  Horizon placed high in the image to draw your attention to the foreground.

Horizons-2165I took this photo as we moved up to camp 2 on the eastern side of Mt Aconcagua.  I wanted the trail on the left and the high horizon to give depth to the image overall and also to pull your eye toward to point in the distance where we would eventually traverse across to.

Resting on the flank of Mt Aconcagua

When we reached Camp 2 there was an opportunity to sit back and relax after a  hard climb.  I used a high horizon  to put some scale into the image because without it it just looked like another mountain range.

A maize crop in rural Uganda

RULE 2:  A low horizon produces dramatic effect focused on the sky.  The first image below was taken with that idea in mind.  I was in rural Uganda when I saw these clouds, I had to search around to find a foreground that worked.

Kampal’s early morning smoke haze.

This next photo was taken early in the morning.  I was yin Kampala and had been noticing the thick smoke haze that stretched across the city each morning.  Initially I’d been looking for a high spot in the city to get above the trees.  Eventually I gave up on this and used the trees to frame the lower portion of the image.  I’m happy with the outcome, especially the sun & cloud effect.

And breaking RULE 1 & RULE 2:   Well I didN’t have to look hard through my library for those ones.

Horizon in the middle of the image – I think this worked for me in this shot Horizons-6522because of the window frame.  In my view each pane of the window became a separate image in their own right with their own horizon lines.

Horizons-1020749Taking a break on the way to the summit of Mt Aconcagua.  The position of the climbers controlled the how this photo came together.    I think the end result has worked well.

I’m new to this photography hobby and so I’m keen to get your feedback.  Please feel free to post your comments.



On the mountain and off the grid!

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Accilmatisation walks in the valleys around Chajet

After posting almost daily for a period of time while I travelled in Turkey I must apologise for the last few weeks that have been devoid of updates.


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On the summit. Even though my watch was reading several hundred feet lower than the summit there was nowhere higher to go!

The reason – I stepped off the grid and went to climb Mt Elbrus in Russia. For me Mt Elbrus was another step toward completing the 7 Summits – the highest point in each continent .  And I’m pleased to say that the trip was successful.  At 10:41am on the 27th July I, along with 6 others from our IMG team stood on the summit of Mt Elbrus.

Our day had started much earlier – at 2 am we were awake and by 3:00am we were on the trail. The weather at the time was good, cold, – clear and still. Six hours later we were in white out conditions in the saddle between the two summit cones of the mountain with a growing sense of urgency pushing us along. If we didn’t summit soon then conditions were likely to prevent any progress higher.

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Summit photo – but no views to be had here.

We only spent 20 minutes on the summit – we definitely had no reason to stay and admire the view as you can see from the photo but with weather conditions worsening getting down safely was a priority for us.  By the time we reached the saddle on the descent there was lightening and thunder very close by and we could feel and hear the electrical charge in the air.

I’ll admit now that my training for the climb had been a little short of what it should have been. As the descent progressed my legs became less able to handle the punishment they were receiving and at times I collapsed into the snow unable to hold myself upright.

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Serious preparation time in our cabin at 13,500 feet.

In the end our team of 10, plus 3 guides completed the ascent and made a successful return to the cabin. Unfortunately this was not the case for all on the mountain that day.  One climber died near the summit after being struck by lightening.



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