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Keywords:Mountains, New Zealand Landscapes, Night, Southern Alps, Stars, Sunrise, Tasman Glacier, Tasman Saddle
Photo Info

Dimensions7360 x 4912
Original file size26.2 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken15-May-17 04:48
Date modified10-Jun-17 18:25
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D810
Focal length21 mm
Focal length (35mm)21 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure10s at f/5.6
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 1600
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn

In May 2017, I undertook a 4-days expedition to Tasman Glacier in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. This has been a place I wanted to go in for quite a long time. Our trip started by taking a helicopter fly landed near Tasman Saddle Hut. Then we traversed across a large glacier ground and successfully climbed to the 2834 m peak of Hochstetter Dome in the Tasman Glacier head. The next day, after completing my morning photography in Tasman Saddle, we walked to the 2460 m Kelman Hut. Then our following activities in Tasman Glacier used this hut as our base. On the last day of this trip, we tried to climb to the 2699 m peak of Mt Aylmer, but not successful due to the broken dangerous route with many hidden crevasses.

While Tasman Glacier is one of the classic alpine mountaineering play grounds in the Southern Alps, some fatal accidents were reported in this area. For example, an accident happened in 2013 just above Tasman Saddle Hut, which led an experienced climber died.

Click here to see the report.

This image was taken in the twilight period of 15 May 2017, the last day of my expedition. I got up at 5am and went out of Kelman Hut. As being not secured with a rope, I could only move slowly to this glacier edge near the hut with the assistance of an ice axe. By the time I set up my camera, a full moon was still hung on the sky and moonlight was shedding on the mountains. The sparkling dots on the snowy foreground were the effect of star reflections under moonlight.