Probably the most beautiful mountain I have seen . Cerro Fitz Roy . 3405 m . Argentina .
Here in front - Classical vision .. From our night at Lago de Los Tres .
But this picture is special to me for various reasons:
I stayed many hours during the night looking at this amazing view .. It was a clear and pure night .. with full moon .. which creates this unhearthly light .
I have used a very wide opened lense ( 85 mm F1.2 L II ) to permit ISO 100 at night with 10 seconds exposure time .
which creates the vortex of moving clouds in the center .
Mixed with the sharpness of the rocks and the visible stars , I found it inspiring , . I hope you 'll enjoy this image.
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Here is the Cerro Fitz Roy, and its vortex of steaming clouds, between two storms.
Also called Cherro Chalten, the smoking mountain... It seems so. It reaches 3405 meters high, and you probably recognize this shape because it is so well-known that you see it everywhere... But, the thing is... I think it is the craziest and most beautiful mountain I've ever seen... Actually, it is always changing... It is huge, colossal.
Here the framing is narrow, and sadly a bit classical, it is surrounded by some sort of fortress... Which we don't really spot here. All the violent disturbances coming in from the Pacific crash over here and overwhelm a bit all around in tumults to be remembered. It remains a mythic summit to climb, given the commitment and technique it requires...
Since I'm always looking for more evocative images while trying to disconnect from well-known visions... With this emblematic mountain right in front of me, I was somewhat trapped. If some more anonymous or unknown element allows creativity, a such famous summit, often photographed under this angle, makes it limited, I think.
The failure of the tour on the continental Hielo glacier which would have allowed us crazier alternative views... It quite blemished my moral for a while, that's true...
Yet we pretty well approached the mounts by sleeping this night at the Lago de Los Tres.
While climbing we suffered from an incredible wind, it shoved us sideways and violently threw snow all around... We did fear not to be able to plant the camp... And finally it all settled down. We were able to strengthen a wall by carrying many stones around the tent. It lasted at least two hours. In the meanwhile, the mountains were still steaming, it was quite fantastic to observe... The clouds come in from the back or appear at its level and rise on the summit's faces, it really looks like a volcano... And the cloud's speed is impressive. We could swear it was a real-time TimeLapse. I was a bit stressed, we had already seen that the wind here could move stones and also probably break the tent's lashes... But the night was exceptionally calm, still with those growing and swirling clouds among the summits.
Then came the full moon, which allowed so much brightness on this night picture.
Technically, I've used the 85 mm (proof that we aren't so far from the mountain itself), pretty crazy fixed focus because I can open to F/1.2 and keep a perfect detail.
That's how I've been able to capture the peak and its starlit firmament... At full aperture, ISO 100 and a ten seconds pose, which almost shows a move on the stars and allows this fascinating clouds movement too. We can feel the motion, in the spirals in the centre. I had to take about twenty shots to get the most beautiful moves...
We all spent a good part of the night outside, with -10°C... It was probably the most beautiful night. Completely alone in front of a scene out of time and out of the real world.
Translation from french to english by : Adrien =>