Yan Zhang Photography | Mount Cook and Fiordland National Park (2015 - 2016) | On the Edge of Blue Heaven

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Categories & Keywords

Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Barrier Knob, Barrier Peak, Darran Mountains, Fiordland National Park, Glacier, Mountains, New Zealand Landscape, Southern Alps
Photo Info

Dimensions7360 x 4912
Original file size32.1 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken11-Dec-15 02:33
Date modified26-Dec-15 10:39
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D800
Focal length14 mm
Focal length (35mm)14 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure10s at f/2.8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 2000
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
On the Edge of Blue Heaven

On the Edge of Blue Heaven

Every time when I was in the mountains, I always inevitably felt how insignificant we were. Such feeling also invoked me to further understand the relationship between men and mountains (and nature). I have seen many images claimed to be "mountain landscapes" in which a man or man-related subject pretendedly became a dominating focus. I simply think this is a wrong perspective if we take authenticity more seriously when we are in the mountains.

This photo was taken in Darran Mountains in Fiordland National Park, South Island of New Zealand. Climbing Darran Mountains was challenging. We used a small weather window to get to our destination: Started at 4pm from Homer Hut, we climbed in not nice conditions - misty, drifting rain, cold, soft snow, and the visibility was probably less than 15 meters. But we eventually reached our campsite in 5 hours with 1000 meters vertical high. When we set up our campsite in Barrier Knob Barrier Peak Col (1875 meters), the sky was completely dark.

The next day we woke up at 3am and climbed to another 100 meters vertical high to get to a vantage point, where I took this image. Again, like many of my other photographs, this picture illustrates a transition from night to day at this stunning location. This image was taken around 4:30am at the spot 100 meters above our tent, while the sky was still full of stars but the far end skyline had already lightened up by the rising sun. From the tiny tent on the edge, one may get a sense of the vast mountainous feature of this place.