Mt Cook Plateau

Mount Cook Plateau is one of the most popular destinations amongst mountain climbers visiting Southern Alps in New Zealand, but to our surprise, our climbing trio was the only one visiting the hut for five days! It was late December, supposedly perfect time to climb Mt Cook. The next couple of days of reconnaissance up to the East Ridge of Mt Cook and Linda Glacier provided the answers: massive crevasses - some tens of meters deep - were blocking the way and Linda Glacier was impassable - the season was over...



Wish I brought my tripod with me... Balancing on a sharp ridge and doing all sorts of acrobatics in an attempt to keep the camera in its nodal point while taking individual handheld shots was quite tricky, but very important to keep the parallax error as low as possible. It all could have been for nothing when I realized later while examining the photos, that they were taken in aperture priority rather than manual mode, which was essential for the HDR output. Fortunately, I managed to bring the exposures to similar levels in the post process, though the result is far from perfect...



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