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Rupal Glacier

Rupal Glacier
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Copyright: Johannes Petrone (Peppe) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 4 N: 45] (188)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-15
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Getaway Asia/Africa 2007
Date Submitted: 2008-03-22 6:29
Viewed: 5426
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 18
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Be sure to check out the Large Post

Rupal (Toshain) Glacier is one of Pakistans many glaciers. It extends from an unnamed peak just north of Laila Peak (5927m, the second peak from the right) down Rupal Valley, eventually melting to form Rupal River.

This area is located in the extreme far north of Pakistan, way up in the Karakoram mountainrange. From the nearest major town (Gilgit) it takes around 4 days to reach this massive glacier and it's a very pleasent trek for sure.

Now glaciers aren't dead... they are very much alive. Even though they only move a few metres every year, while trekking over or beside them you can hear the distant rumbling of thousands of ton of ice on the move. You can hear the the melting and if you close your eyes you can picture it very slowly grinding along the ground.

Due to global warming glaciers are melting at a fast rate all over the world. And one of the biggest threats lies in this area. India is depending on glacier ice melting and streaming down the Himalayas into India. With so many glaciers growing smaller these days it will pose a serious problem for India in the future.

I tried to get most of this massive glacier into the panorama and also the nearby peaks. It is 5 photos stitched together. I was extremely lucky with the weather, as you can see. Rarely is the sky this clear.

I hope you like it and be sure to check out the large post aswell!!

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Hi Johannes!

This is a glacier I like to see, it is so enormous! I like this light and white clouds hanging over picks.

Best greetings,
Piotr Angiel

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-03-22 7:53]

Hi Johannes,
This is fantastic, what a view. I like the large post, it gives so much to look at and it's amazing to see so much of the glacier in a single image. I think on the artistic side more sky would have been better, at a minimum just to avoid the cropped cloud. Nice work, it's an impressive image.

Hi Johannes,
you did a great job here the LP-version with 5 photos stitched together are fantastic.
Well composed wit good deep, lovely colours and very good details.
Beautiful works.

Hi Johannes!

Very nice view again, with much better stitching than last time! No stitching bugs can be seen.
The glacier looks amazing, used a very good pov and expo. I like it very much, TFS!

Have a nice weekend,

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-03-22 12:29]

Hi Johannes,

it's nothing less than sensational, your panorama shot from the Karakoram mountains. I studied the details with pleasure. I found "drumlins" for the first time on a fresh moraine (drumlins are the wavelike structures perpendicular tothe glacier's movement). We have some drumlin landscapes in Switzerland but people like me have a hard time to relate them with glaciers. Please keep on sending such interesting pictures of regions rarely ever photographed to TN!

Best regards

this is an amazing scene, those mountains are amazing

Yes, the large version is wonderful... very dramatic. Nice stitching!

Evelynn ; )

Hello Johannes,
Thank you for sharing this panorama view of the glacier in a larger version in WS, very sharp with good colouration and perfect details as the image moving across the computer screen to enjoy every single bit of the scenery!
many thanks for the informative notes which is useful
many thanks for sharing

Awesome! Sweet land of Pakistand, this is a fabulous photo! Thank you very much for sharing, I will add this panorama to my favorites! Very well composed! Cheers Josh Lewis.

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