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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby Vitaliy M. » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:17 am

I wonder how many days a year one can even see St. Elias.


Yup. It is beautiful. But that's one of the reasons why I will not be attempting it any time soon. Would be great to see it from that bay at some point in my life...
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby roadtripper » Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:49 pm

Fitz Roy
Mt. Thor
Mt. Assiniboine
Torres del Paine
Mianzimu
Grand Jorasses
Mt. Shivling
Aiguille Blanche de Peutery
Peitlerkofel
Tre Cime Di Lavaredo
Khan Tengri
Ama Dablam
Machapuchare ("fish tail")
Dhaulagiri
Pumori
K2
Laila Peak
Mustagh Tower
Rakaposhi
G4
Alpamayo
Chacraraju
Artesonraju Piramide
Siguniang
The Eiger
The Matterhorn
Weisshorn
Dent Blanche
Piz Bernina
Lenpitze & Nadelhorn
Kajaqiao
Pasang Lhamu Chuli
Shuta Punkya
Mt. Foraker
Denali
Mt. Rainier
Mt. Shasta
Mt. Hood
Grand Teton
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby David Senesac » Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:56 pm

I looked at Herbs page of http://www.summitpost.org/most-beautifu ... rth/232265. Although he has many fine peaks on that page, most are not framed from particularly well considered locations and most are merely from perspectives climbers snapshot on the way during their peak ascents. Rarely are such done in the best lighting. And his list is rather long with quite a number with only modest aethetics.

Generally many climbers have a developed a bias in terms of mountain aesthetics that would not align with images of mountains in our finest photographic art galleries. The same thing applies to the top rated images of peaks here at summitpost. Quite a number of the highest rated peaks here on summitpost are disappointing to this photographer's sense of aesthetics. Of course climbers are more likely to rate a well known peak they personally have climbed regardless of aesthetic of a photo. Accordingly more obscure peaks, especially those without names, are likely to be ignored even if they are impressive. Just human nature.

The subject of most beatiful peaks is itself a subject an art critic could write a couple pages of guidance on that would be enlightening to most people who tend to view objects in simple ways evolved from their own experiences. As an example say an ordinary person views impressive images at a fine art gallery. If they happen to like horses, an artist will often be dismayed that one of their least impressive images that happens to have a tiny horse in the frame is what interests that person most simply because they like horses.

All mountains have a range of perspectives that change continually depending on time of day, sun angle, weather, season of the year, etc. Some peaks only look impressive from very limited locations while others have varying fine levels of aesthetics from many locations. A task for a pro photographer is to understand when factors are optimal and visit then and hope for cooperating weather. An image of mountains is likely to appeal to a wider audience if it is framed with an aesthetic foreground and middle ground versus typical telephoto mug shots of craggy peak tops climbers tend to frame.

The Sierra Nevada has many fine peaks and I've spent considerable time trying to image a token list of them with my view camera. Few would disagree that the view of Banner Peak and Mount Ritter from the outlet of Thousand Island lake during uncommon early morning's with perfect calm, when summer grasses are a vibrant green, with little wildflowers sprinkling its shorelines, with snow sprinkling its slopes, is not World Class. Especially when the blue skies are complemented with fine clouds:

http://www.davidsenesac.com/images/05-q4-2.jpg

Full story: http://www.davidsenesac.com/images/print_05-q4-2.html

Another very aesthetic Sierra peak, easily visited in 20 Lakes Valley is North Peak. There are many superb morning reflection perspectives from its many no-name lakelets though calm mornings to quiet its waters are infrequent.

http://www.davidsenesac.com/images/06-gg9-3.jpg

http://www.davidsenesac.com/Gallery_B/06-GG8-4.jpg

My personal list of best Sierra Nevada peaks that I have yet to capture well is far longer than the few I've been successful at. Conditions are simply uncooperative many times. Boring blue skies or breezy mornings on nearby foreground lakes is the more common situation. But if one gets out in our mountains enough, chance improves enough that one is certain to capture some great pictures of mountains. Isosceles Peak below, the marquee image on the summitpost page, I captured 29 years ago with my old 35mm SLR, is an example of a spectacular peak that has not cooperated each time I've subsequently visited with my 4x5. But this old guy knows when to go and where to set up so some day I will be lucky.

http://images.summitpost.org/original/40346.jpg
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby Noondueler » Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:25 am

Machapuchare rocks my boat!
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby Noondueler » Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:30 am

David Senesac wrote:I looked at Herbs page of http://www.summitpost.org/most-beautifu ... rth/232265. Although he has many fine peaks on that page, most are not framed from particularly well considered locations and most are merely from perspectives climbers snapshot on the way during their peak ascents. Rarely are such done in the best lighting. And his list is rather long with quite a number with only modest aethetics.

Generally many climbers have a developed a bias in terms of mountain aesthetics that would not align with images of mountains in our finest photographic art galleries. The same thing applies to the top rated images of peaks here at summitpost. Quite a number of the highest rated peaks here on summitpost are disappointing to this photographer's sense of aesthetics. Of course climbers are more likely to rate a well known peak they personally have climbed regardless of aesthetic of a photo. Accordingly more obscure peaks, especially those without names, are likely to be ignored even if they are impressive. Just human nature.

The subject of most beatiful peaks is itself a subject an art critic could write a couple pages of guidance on that would be enlightening to most people who tend to view objects in simple ways evolved from their own experiences. As an example say an ordinary person views impressive images at a fine art gallery. If they happen to like horses, an artist will often be dismayed that one of their least impressive images that happens to have a tiny horse in the frame is what interests that person most simply because they like horses.

All mountains have a range of perspectives that change continually depending on time of day, sun angle, weather, season of the year, etc. Some peaks only look impressive from very limited locations while others have varying fine levels of aesthetics from many locations. A task for a pro photographer is to understand when factors are optimal and visit then and hope for cooperating weather. An image of mountains is likely to appeal to a wider audience if it is framed with an aesthetic foreground and middle ground versus typical telephoto mug shots of craggy peak tops climbers tend to frame.

The Sierra Nevada has many fine peaks and I've spent considerable time trying to image a token list of them with my view camera. Few would disagree that the view of Banner Peak and Mount Ritter from the outlet of Thousand Island lake during uncommon early morning's with perfect calm, when summer grasses are a vibrant green, with little wildflowers sprinkling its shorelines, with snow sprinkling its slopes, is not World Class. Especially when the blue skies are complemented with fine clouds:

http://www.davidsenesac.com/images/05-q4-2.jpg

Full story: http://www.davidsenesac.com/images/print_05-q4-2.html

Another very aesthetic Sierra peak, easily visited in 20 Lakes Valley is North Peak. There are many superb morning reflection perspectives from its many no-name lakelets though calm mornings to quiet its waters are infrequent.

http://www.davidsenesac.com/images/06-gg9-3.jpg

http://www.davidsenesac.com/Gallery_B/06-GG8-4.jpg

My personal list of best Sierra Nevada peaks that I have yet to capture well is far longer than the few I've been successful at. Conditions are simply uncooperative many times. Boring blue skies or breezy mornings on nearby foreground lakes is the more common situation. But if one gets out in our mountains enough, chance improves enough that one is certain to capture some great pictures of mountains. Isosceles Peak below, the marquee image on the summitpost page, I captured 29 years ago with my old 35mm SLR, is an example of a spectacular peak that has not cooperated each time I've subsequently visited with my 4x5. But this old guy knows when to go and where to set up so some day I will be lucky.

http://images.summitpost.org/original/40346.jpg
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Thanks David for all your fine photography and appreciation of the Range of Light!
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby roadtripper » Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:00 pm

Just made a page dedicated to this topic...no pictures but perhaps one day I'll get around to visiting them all.

http://www.newenglandwaterfalls.com/bea ... ntains.php
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