Hongu Chuli, Upper Hongu Valley

Hongu Chuli (Peak 6770), from Baruntse Base Camp in the Hongu Valley.
Taken during the crossing of the 20,000' Sherpani and West Cols, from Makalu Base Camp, enroute to the Khumbu.
November, 2002.


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Bryan W

Bryan W - Oct 20, 2004 10:52 pm - Voted 10/10

Simply stunning

Great colors! My guess is that this photo is nice as it is, does not even come close to doing this mountain justice.


eza - Oct 21, 2004 9:42 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Simply stunning

Pictures are never fair to mountains, but it's the only way to keep a souvenir (apart from memory). Anyway, justice or not, shots like this one make photography an art.


Nelson - Oct 22, 2004 11:00 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Simply stunning

Once again, thanks much guys. Really appreciate it.

eza, also thanks for your recent advice on visiting Los Pirineos. One of these years...


brenta - Oct 21, 2004 1:49 am - Voted 10/10

Great Texture...

...especially on the glacier. Beautiful mountain: Look at those snow drapes!

photo61guy - Oct 21, 2004 4:11 am - Voted 10/10

Wonderful light

Coloration is top shelf also...come on people get the votes up there for photo of the week!!


Nelson - Oct 21, 2004 9:01 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Thanks everyone!!

This was an awesome moment. It had been cloudy and windy and we were playing cards in the mess tent, camped at about 18,000' / 5600m after having crossed two 20K passes. We were staying hydrated so I had to leave the tent and saw this. There was one other tripod-toting photograher on the trek and I shouted back, "Chis, you gotta get out here!". We both grabbed our tripods and shot photos during the 15 minute window before the light was gone.


Deb - Oct 21, 2004 10:13 am - Voted 10/10

Beautiful Catch

You're a very lucky man to have had the opportunity to witness the beauty. Thanks for sharing Nelson.


Nelson - Oct 21, 2004 12:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Beautiful Catch

Thanks a lot Deb. I look forward to seeing your photos on SP again. I still remember that amazing portrait of El Cap that you shot. Take care and have fun with your climbing wall.

Rick B

Rick B - Oct 24, 2004 2:26 pm - Voted 10/10


I'd swear I've seen this picture before (on SP)...

Anyway, it's fascinating!!

..4 stars (again :-)


Nelson - Oct 24, 2004 11:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Resubmitted?

Good memory! This was originally posted over a year ago, but Mathias asked a question about this mountain due to it being in another photo. Our discussion is here. I deleted the old one and submitted this improved, sharper scan with better color saturation. I'm glad you still like it, thanks.


kilimanjaro1 - Oct 27, 2004 10:39 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Resubmitted?

I am not too high tech-- How do you make a "sharper scan?" Thanks!


Nelson - Oct 27, 2004 12:48 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Resubmitted?

Thanks for your comments on the photo. The original submission was scanned and saved a s JPG image. I then did some color balance work since my scanner just doesn't get it right, and saved the image again as JPG. Next I either resized it or submitted it to SP too large and SP resizes it. Each of those three steps causes a loss of sharpness, which is cumulative. Details like the snow flutings on the face were very soft in the first submission.

This time it was scanned and saved as a TIFF file, which is loss-less. Color balance, resizing, and sharpening could be applied before saving as a JPG only one time. This JPG was then uploaded to SP which did no further processing since the size was already OK. The final result is a noticeably sharper image.


kilimanjaro1 - Oct 28, 2004 3:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Resubmitted?

Great! Thanks for the answer...now I guess I am going to have to practice tinkering with a few photos to see how this works. But as my high school track coach always said ( I am not sure why he said it but he did) "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear." Looks like you started with the silk purse and just made it silkier!

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Nov 7, 2004 1:29 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Resubmitted?

Nelson, absolutely stunning!

Do you use a film scanner? If so, what scanner do you use? Is this a slide or a negative? Well done!



Nelson - Nov 8, 2004 12:10 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Resubmitted?

Thanks Bob. This is a film scanner, a now five year old HP Photosmart S20. It's not the greatest but at the time it seemed like the best value. You can find them on Ebay these days for pretty cheap.

It was a slide, Fuji Provia 100. I am using Vuescan software to scan the slide, then I pull it in to Paint Shop Pro to try to get the color balance, saturation, contrast, and all-important sharpening more like I remember it. The scanner just doesn't get it right. It's taken a long time to learn how to tweak all those dials, and it is still a struggle of trial and error.

Starting with a slide like this helps. If I had dropped my camera and the shutter went off it still would have been a decent shot!

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Nov 8, 2004 2:02 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Resubmitted?

Interesting. I've been using a Minolta Dimâge Scan Dual film scanner since 1998, so mine's getting pretty old too. I know exactly what you mean about correcting colors, etc., and I use PSP as well, but I quit using Vuescan, although I'm not sure why. I use the curves on the native scanner software, which seems to work fine for me, now that I've finally learned how to correct the various color problems. I shoot Provia 100F exclusively now, although I've shot Kodachrome and Ektachrome in the past as well.


Charles - Oct 27, 2004 10:08 am - Hasn't voted


Hi Nelson,

great shot!


kilimanjaro1 - Oct 27, 2004 10:35 am - Hasn't voted

Photgraphic Art

Truly a very artistic shot! I could see that shot enlarged and framed hanging on my wall. Very nice!

Alan Sharp

Alan Sharp - Oct 27, 2004 2:05 pm - Voted 10/10

Fantastic shot Nelson

It's photos like this that make me count the days until my next trip over there.


Misha - Oct 27, 2004 2:23 pm - Hasn't voted



I got amazed by this shot the first time when you posted it, and I got amazed with it all over again now. Congrats with winning Photo of the Week, well deserved!

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