Self Portrait

Self Portrait on the summit of Piz Lad. Clouds kept rolling by underneath us while the sun was shining brightly onto us. The result: a showcase of the photographer's aura. Sept 8th 2008


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Marcsoltan - Jan 21, 2009 7:41 pm - Voted 10/10

This is probably

the most amazing photo I have seen on Summit Post. Enough has been said about it so I spare you. However, I have a question, if I may please. At the time you were taking this photo, did you actually see these rainbow rings? Or did you see them after you down loaded them into your computer?
Also, the shadow of your arms seem to be on your sides with a little seperation. How were you able to take this photo with your arms on the side? I do realize that I may not be seeing the photo correctly, or that you used a tri-pod and auto.
Amazing photo that needs to be treasured,
Happy climbing,

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Jan 22, 2009 3:00 am - Hasn't voted

Re: This is probably

Hi Marc, yes, actually I saw the rings - otherwise I wouldn't have noticed to take the shot. Actually my girlfriend saw them first when we were on the summit. She took a photo of the summit cross shadow with her beside and suddenly exclaimed: "look at this". We then went on along the ridge and in a col saw this. Or rather

Those fogbows around the spectre were visible but the polarisation filter enhanced them.

As for the arms - I was shooting the conventional way - camera held to the eye - it's only the shadows which make my arm appear stretched to my sides.

Les did a great job of explaining the phenomenon on his site


SusanM - Jan 23, 2009 8:29 am - Voted 10/10

How unusual

What a great shot!


Tahawus - Jan 31, 2009 11:30 am - Voted 10/10

Great Picture!

I remember reading about this in Thomas Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow. Very interesting. Cheers!

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Feb 1, 2009 2:43 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Picture!

I appear in a novel? Cool


Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Feb 24, 2011 7:50 pm - Voted 10/10


I must say it looks like a classic moment!
Cheers Josh Lewis

savalan - Aug 17, 2012 2:59 pm - Hasn't voted

very beautiful


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