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Old Aug 25, 2011, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default K2 basecamp trek pictures

Hi all,

some pictures from my recent hike in the Karakoram mountains of Pakistan. Best known for it's notorious K2, the 2nd tallest and generally considered worlds most dangerous mountain. Best time of the year to visit this mountainrange is midsummer, because it's the dry season; but darned hot too! Walking a huge river of ice at altitudes between 3000 and 5600m didn't make it that much cooler.. The heat did boost the battery life to their maximum so some advantage was gained from it.

Also shot a 360 VR panorama, using the 10-17 DA. The onboard electronic horizon came in quite handy as it was handheld; But I (almost) got away with it.. lol! It can be watched here:

Broadpeak bc and K2 VR panorama


K5 with sigma 17-50 f2.8 and uv/scratch filter

1 Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, Dubai

2 Skardu valley, Pakistan

3 Nanga Parbat, one of Earths 14 peaks over 8000m.

4 the massive Baltoro glacier

5 Low over the ice

6 View over the Baltoro glacier to the east

7 View over the Baltoro glacier to the west; shot with the 55-200 WR

8 The Milkyway, over the tallest mountains of the world. -This shot got nearly lost due to the use of an SDXC card, which isn't compatible with the k5. I lost the DNG but could retrieve some lower quality jpeg interpretation from the lost data..
High res version and location info available here: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/56796068

used the 10-17 Da @ 10mm f3.5 iso1600 and the Micnova MQ-TC3 cable timer remote @ 2 minutes

9 K2

10 K2 with a temper

11 Flowers and ice

12 Party with the porters; iso 3200
Happy Shooting! GB

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Old Aug 25, 2011, 12:52 PM   #2
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Fantastic shots ! Really enjoyed looking through these - post more if you have them !

#9 is a clear winner for me.
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 1:25 PM   #3
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agree with frogfish on both counts!
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 4:57 PM   #4
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WOW some magnificent shots, I can't pick a favorite.


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Old Aug 25, 2011, 6:54 PM   #5
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This wonderful series is a great illustration of the magnificent scenery of this incredible place, and also a great illustration of your fine eye for composition.
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 10:30 PM   #6
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An awesome series! When I was much younger I always wanted to try true technical mountaineering and visiting some of those incredibly high spots. Looks like the closest thing to that I'll ever get might be a casual hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. So post more pictures, which will let me share in your adventure.
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Your pictures are a very high level of photography. Love the night shot around the fire.
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 11:36 PM   #8
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One of the best series I've seen here. Great shots.
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Old Aug 26, 2011, 4:31 AM   #9
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magnificent series, wouldn't dare to pick a favorite.

although ... those stars are ...

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Like something out of a magazine
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