Sunrise on the Cotopaxi just...

Sunrise on the Cotopaxi just...

Sunrise on the Cotopaxi just before the Yanasacha slope, 1st of November 2004
Lowlands climber
on Nov 14, 2004 9:19 am
Image ID: 78188


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Kane - Nov 14, 2004 10:43 pm - Voted 10/10

This photo is incredible..

one of the best I have viewed in a while. Thanks for sharing.

Lowlands climber

Lowlands climber - Nov 15, 2004 2:43 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: This photo is incredible..



Haliku - Nov 15, 2004 10:32 am - Voted 10/10


Great composition!


brenta - Nov 16, 2004 10:55 am - Voted 10/10

One of the Best Ever

This fresh reading of the classic theme of glacier travel features masterly composition, soft light, and great colors. One of the best pictures I have ever seen on SP. Would you tell us something of how you took it? Thanks!

Lowlands climber

Lowlands climber - Nov 16, 2004 11:38 am - Hasn't voted

Re: One of the Best Ever

Thanks! Let me try to explain the conditions on the mountain when I took this picture. It was quite fussy in my head up there due to the altitude (about 5700m). This is why we took a 15 minutes break and had some time to look around, while the sun came up.

Actually, sunrise is one of the best moments to make pictures on the glacier. I waited until there was a enough light for the picture. When the next group came through the crevasse zone, I took two pictures (this one was the best of the two)

The overhanging ice-wall provided a good foreground. The light was captured using the right white balance for such conditions (which can be manually controlled on my nikon 4500). At home I gave it a slightly higher contrast (5%) in photoshop.

Well, a short break at sunrise is always full of surprises ! (I don't mind to be the last on the summit).

Lowlands climber

Lowlands climber - Nov 16, 2004 12:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: One of the Best Ever

It is not really the histogram I look at. It is more or less the influence of red and blue in the picture (color temperature). Automatic white balance often gives too little red under cloudy or dark conditions. Most upper-end digital cameras have manual controls to choose between night scene, shade, overcast, and sun etc. Before I had the digital camera I used 'warm' or 'cool' film depending on the weather I expected.


livioz - Nov 16, 2004 11:49 am - Voted 10/10

difficult to understand..

...why someone voted this wonderful photo with less than 4 stars! I think it would be a worthy PotW.


Corax - Nov 16, 2004 6:24 pm - Voted 10/10


Even without the climbers in the photo, it would've been a great shot. With the climbers, I agree with one of the other voters that proposed it is a strong contender for being the potw.


livioz - Nov 17, 2004 5:06 am - Voted 10/10

Glad... have been prophetic!

With compliments!


jclode - Nov 17, 2004 5:25 am - Voted 10/10


Beatifull picture. well done... nice shot!!!

Nyle Walton

Nyle Walton - Nov 17, 2004 12:09 pm - Hasn't voted


This photo alone is worth all the expense and struggle to climb this volcano.

Antonio Giani

Antonio Giani - Nov 19, 2004 2:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Grande foto!

Immagine fantastica, colori stupenti...


Ciao Antonio


kilimanjaro1 - Nov 22, 2004 11:16 am - Voted 10/10

Just Incredible

Just looking at the blueness in the ice makes me shiver!! Great shot!


ktnbs - Feb 25, 2006 3:10 am - Hasn't voted




Chris - Sep 6, 2006 4:06 am - Voted 10/10


I love the color of this shot... combined with the icicles hanging of the crevasse lip it really conveys the coldness of the mountain. Really nice photo, great job!


Narcisse - Feb 21, 2008 9:24 pm - Voted 10/10

Looks like something

taken from a fairytale. I am waiting for the "Ice Princess" or the "Winter King" to show up...


Kristin5berry - Dec 18, 2010 1:27 pm - Hasn't voted

This is amazing and



edomar2611 - Mar 3, 2011 8:12 am - Voted 10/10

Great shot

Magnific colours in the sky and perfect framing of the view with the ice and the clouds! Surreal!


JoelSkok - Sep 19, 2015 7:36 pm - Voted 10/10

Has me trembling

Not from the obvious chill in this frigid air but from the impeccable way you composed this grand picture! Climb safely, thanks for sharing

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