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Start of the Journey - for PaulH

Start of the Journey - for PaulH
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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: 2008-01-01
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Earth from Above, Joe's Favourites 2, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-21 2:42
Viewed: 5976
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I cannot rival Paul's magnificent landscape photography, but I dedicate this very different, almost abstract, shot to him. I deliberately framed this diagonally. The shot shows the point where ice leaves the snow fiels and starts its journey downslope as a glacier. This series of cracks is called a bergschrund. The area in the shot is probably about 0.5 Km.

A bergschrund is a crevasse that forms where the moving glacier ice separates from the stagnant ice above. It is often a serious obstacle for mountaineers, who sometimes abbreviate "bergschrund" to "'schrund".

In a corrie or cirque, the bergschrund is positioned at the rear, parallel to the back wall of the corrie. It is caused by the rotational movement of the glacier. In a longitudinal glacier, the bergschrund is at the top end of the glacier at a right angle to the flow of the glacier. It is caused by the downwards flow of the glacier.

Bergschrunds extend to the bedrock and can have a depth of well over 100 metres.

In winter, bergschrunds are often filled by snow from avalanches from the mountain above it. In later summer, due to melting, it lies open and can present a very difficult obstacle to alpinists.

The bergschrund is distinct from the randkluft (also called rimaye) which is the crevasse of which one face is the rock, back wall of the corrie. The randkluft arises in part from the melting of the ice arising from the presence of the warmer rock face. (Benn & Evans). However, the randkluft is sometimes called a bergschrund.

The top left of the shot is the snowfield, the bottom right the Tasman Glacier.

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To ramthakur: AerialJamesp 1 04-22 23:37
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Hi James!

This picture lets the heart of a mountaineer beat faster... It's great, majestic and somehow magic. You have very well captured the patterns and colours and the whole reflects the particular glacier atmosphere very well.

Kind regards


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-21 3:34]

Hi James,
Wow thanks for thinking of me when you posted this one, i feel very honoured! What a sight...hard to believe how big those chunks of ice must be! Very well framed, perfectly exposed and fascinating to study...cheers mate, much appreicated.
tfs and have a good day,

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-04-21 3:53]

hi James,
great shot of this fantastic snow scene. very abstract and eye-catching.. really interesting composition. nice work

Hello James!
Great landscape view, it shows in perfect way the real power of nature.
Thanks for sharing!

You are still quite the gadabout! All over world hopping. My fried Bob Whittaker, whose father Jim was first man to climb Everest from America....iks manager of REM...and he just got back from a pre-release tour...one night London, hen Paris then Milan..and has to do it again when REM tours starting in May. I told Bob to send me some publsihable images...but you! Now you post the real deal. This is what TN and the natural world is like and it is fascinating....as I said a long time ago with one of your snow monkeys from Japan...your work belongs in NG! Very good James!

Hi James!

The exposure brings out details in a magnificent way, and the category 'abstract landscape' you create with this shot is confusing: witch favs theme should I put it in? :) The obvious solution will be favorites...
As an abstract it is superb and as a landscape it very very unique so I find it a perfect dedication for Paul!
And while it's beautiful it's at the same time frightening if I imagine standing there, how tiny I would be in this image! Very effective... TFS!

Best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-21 8:30]

WOW!! Now this I really, really, really like!
Those cracks are incredible!
Very powerful image.
Straight into my favourites!!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-21 9:56]

Hi James,

Fascinating shot and notes. The picture is so detailed and the notes so well done that even I can understand it. Love the diagonal composition and the sharp details. What exciting sights you have seen!


Hello James,
I like it very much.
Very fascinating abstract work. What an impressive fracture.
Beautiful light and compo.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-04-21 12:32]

Hi James

I find ice and glaciers fascinating. I love the blue tones and the textures in the shot. It is an amazing sight and a lovely dedication to Paul



Hi James,
Superb capture my friend! and nice dedication to Paul!

hello James

when i saw you image i was thinking exactly like this,
before writing my critique i decide to go and read our friend's
Bob's (eqshannon) critique and what a coincidence
i was thinking exactly like Bob :
« as I said a long time ago with one of your
snow monkeys from Japan...your work belongs in NG »

this is a great photography James, of nature and of the earth,



Hi James,

Looks like a magnificant start for a journey, maybe a bit hard. Amazing view and the way it has been composed makes it even more impressive. Great lighting, details, everything just great!



Hello James excellent POV with amazing light and offcourse amazing place. Nice dedication rgds Necip

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-21 23:06]

Hi James,
Outstanding shot and a stunning view from top. The cracks are so evident and it brings shivers down one's spine to see it start slipping down. Very neat and sharp image with perfect lighting and exposure levels. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hola James, muy buena exposición de tu fotografia, con buenos detalles. La nota informativa tiene gran valor. Un saludo

I have seen Khumbhu Icefall thrice with my own eyes, James, and observed those tumbled chunks of ice through which the Everest climbers have to make their first way to reach the summit of Everest.
I have read the technical terms like bergshrund and crevasse in the numerous descriptions of various expeditions to the Everest since the first ascent of the mountain in 1953.
Your image gives a graphic impression of a bergschrund beautifully in this aerial (?)capture.
The contrasts make me see those cracks in the snow clearly.
Thanks for sharing this great image and best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-04-22 5:10]

Hello James,
This is a very instructive posting next to an impressive picture. I didn't know about the different crevasses and for sure I have learnt something.
Thanks a lot for it

Hello James,
This is a most interesting recording of the land of snow and ice!
An artistic presentation with great details but still with an abstract feeling, snow is well exposed with an attractive texture...
A well composed presentation!
Pablo -

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-22 13:26]

Hola James.
As usual on You. Excellent photo and very interesting note. I really love Nature in all his ways. This is a beautuful image James.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-04-22 14:41]

What an interesting shot James. I was up at Mt Cook last week, and managed some good views of the mountains on a hot sunny autumn day.
You must have been in a plane taking this photo. At first I thought they were footprints in the snow, but now I see what they are - good shot

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-22 23:28]

Hello James,
Nice shot and perfectly tried. Lovely composition. Ganesh

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-23 20:19]

Hello James

Busy lately just marking the post


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