Photo Of The Day – Jagged Himalayas At Sunrise

Title: Jagged Himalayas At Sunrise

Location: Machermo, Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°54’6″ N   86°42’59” E)

Description: When the monsoons have moved on and the days are shortening, few views in the world beat the crystal clarity of the Himalayas at sunrise. This photo was taken on a ridge just before entering the town of Machermo at an altitude of 14,444′ (4402m). As it were, this ridge not only afforded spellbinding panoramic views of the peaks in every cardinal direction, it is also the last point where cell phone reception can be obtained (with some patience and wandering).

The image is a High Dynamic Range composite of three images shot at different shutter speeds in order to capture the light as I saw it. This technique is very valuable with current model cameras (except for the high-end gear costing over $4000) as it allows for more photo information to be captured. I then used the Merge to 32-bit HDR Plugin for Lightroom by HDRsoft ( which allows for native Lightroom handling of the resulting image file and its wealth of exposure information.

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This image is a three shot High Dynamic Range composite. The shooting information below is the average for the shutter speed (the second and third shots were 1 1/3 stops higher and lower), while all other variables stayed the same.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-24mm EF
ISO 100
Focal Length 60mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/15
Altitude 14,444.9 ft

Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email).

Image may be reproduced for personal, non-commercial use under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Free Commercial use is prohibited and attribution to this post must be given, please.

One Reply to “Photo Of The Day – Jagged Himalayas At Sunrise”

  1. Juliet Mountaineer

    Jagged in Himalayas at sunrise is every mountaineers dream. It’s magnificent views is perfect for sunrise. I wish I can also go there and being to experience your trip. I enjoy reading your blog unfortunately, all your photos are not visible anymore.


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