Without knowing exactly what is required to undertake such a task, we are all full of admiration when we see stunning images taken from the top of a mountain. Fran Halsall explains the ins and outs of mountain photography
For some there is an irresistible urge to explore high and often extreme terrain, and, for as long as cameras have existed, there have been mountaineers wielding them in the unlikeliest of places. When struggling up the last few metres to a summit, my thoughts drift frequently to the genre’s pioneers and I count myself lucky that today’s equipment is so much more manageable and lightweight. Although this does not mean that mountains have become any easier to climb, it is the extra effort spent getting there that makes a successful photograph from such an ascent all the more satisfying.
Mountain photography can be a particularly lonely business, as most right-minded people avoid clambering over rocks and other obstacles in the dark to catch the sunrise or wait around for sunset on top of a peak, and few are willing to remain in one spot for hours on end hoping for the ‘right light’ while the blood freezes slowly in one’s veins. Because of this, it can be hard to find...
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