Dawn over the Himalaya

Dawn over the Himalaya

Dawn breaks over the Himalaya. The east face of Ama Dablam shining like a jewel. Photo taken from the upper Imja Valley, November, 2002. See satellite photo on the Hongu Valley Trek page for context.
on Aug 21, 2004 8:47 pm
Image ID: 66231


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Velebit - Aug 22, 2004 7:08 am - Voted 10/10

Another amazing shot!

Wow Nelson, it's perfect! Seams to me you didn't mind geting up early :-)

Rafa Bartolome

Rafa Bartolome - Aug 27, 2004 4:41 pm - Hasn't voted

great picture

I love this dawn with the rays of light over the cone of the summit. It's very similiar to a picture of Quitaraju in C.Blanca of Peru.


Nelson - Aug 27, 2004 11:20 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: great picture

Thanks bartolome, Yours is a great shot too, and as Velebit hinted below, you must be aware that they require crawling out of a warm sleeping bag at an absurd hour. In this case I also had to climb 250 feet up a hill in the dark in order to get this view. This shot of Lhotse was taken at the same time in another direction. I guess it was worth it!

Rafa Bartolome

Rafa Bartolome - Aug 29, 2004 3:50 am - Hasn't voted

Re: great picture

Fantastic the Lhotse as well. You're right, when I took my pictures of Quitaraju, Alpamayo and Artesonraju in the dawn, all my friends were sleeping confortably in the tents (very cold for me in this hours!!!). I believe that it is the only opportunity in the life because this places are too far and it is possible that you do not return and is necessary to take advantage of every instant and the dawn it's magic though some persons who do not want to get up early. For the "a bit crazy people", as you and me, I have indicated the hour of the photographies for if they want to try to capture someone of these wonderful moments (they are in the habit of lasting a few minutes). It makes me happy to know that I am not the only crazy one.


Nelson - Aug 29, 2004 8:49 am - Hasn't voted

Re: great picture

> that it is the only opportunity in the life ...

Interesting that you should mention that. We think alike.

I would say to myself, as I was putting on my warm clothing, getting the batteries out of the sleeping bag but still into a warm pocket, the headlamp lighting the tent, "How many days in my life will I be in a place like this? Not many. This is a rare event, I can't lose it". And I would trudge out into the darkness alone. I never regretted it.


Drazil - Sep 3, 2004 7:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: great picture

Good move . Abandoning the warmth of tent and sleeping bag early in the morning is a bit of a challenge, however so well worth it! Awesome photos. I was fortunate enough to have done he same - if only my photographic skills were similar to yours!

Thanks for sharing, Liz

PS: Photo of Lhotse is just as breath taking.


Nelson - Sep 4, 2004 9:57 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: great picture

Hi Liz, good to see you back on SP! Thanks for your comments, much appreciated. I've spent time reading about photography, trying to undertand what makes a good photo, and how to capture one. Occasionally I get lucky. I like to say that half of it is being in the right place at the right time, and the other half is knowing that you are in the right place at the right time! Guess I get some credit for getting myself to that place, at that time.

I was following your Everest trip earlier this year, and was sorry when you had to turn back due to your family problems. Hope everything is OK.

Take care, Nelson


Drazil - Sep 5, 2004 6:05 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: great picture

Nelson, thnks for your concern. All is now well with myself and my family. The dissapointment was great however c'est la vie and I just feel it was not meant to be this time around. Will reply privately ... Thanks so much for following the expedition!


lorenzo t - Sep 5, 2004 2:21 am - Voted 10/10

That artist!

Every shot is a target.


Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Sep 8, 2004 12:12 am - Hasn't voted

Great shot!

Amazing picture. Lucky you to be there and get such a shot. Also, good skill to know how to do it!

Best regards,



Nelson - Sep 19, 2004 10:41 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great shot!

Thanks for the comments Don. Much appreciated!


alex_vega - Dec 27, 2005 11:52 am - Voted 10/10


..fantastic photo from your fantastic colection.Uou!



Nelson - Dec 28, 2005 10:38 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Another..

Thanks very much for your comments on my photos. I really apprecaite it. Happy New Year!


Sajama - May 8, 2006 1:08 pm - Voted 10/10

This one...

...it´s fantastic too. But -with all my respect- I prefer the other. The odissey to take it is very cool.



Corax - Aug 24, 2007 6:54 am - Voted 10/10


I had missed this one. Excellent shot!


Nelson - Aug 24, 2007 1:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great!

Thanks very much Corax. Whenever I see one of these older SP v1 uploads I want to redo them, it can be much better these days.

Congratulations on your adventures this summer. Looking forward to some photos and a TR. Best regards.


Corax - Aug 24, 2007 2:31 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great!

I'm not sure when I go back home. It may be a long time from now, but I will write a TR and upload some new Kangzhagri photos later.

sikari kukur

sikari kukur - Feb 6, 2009 5:40 pm - Voted 10/10


my favorite pic of ama dablam. ever.


Nelson - Feb 9, 2009 9:11 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: 20/20

Thanks! That is a high (no pun intended) compliment. I just ordered a new slide scanner today (Epson V500), I'll let you know if I ever rescan and improve on these.
Namaste, Nelson


winemanvan - Mar 9, 2010 10:18 am - Voted 10/10


Nice work!

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