DescriptionThis is taken from the highest campsite in the world! 8300m or about 27,000ft above sealevel, this is the altitude where many planes fly and other do not even get to, looking down on the weather instead of getting bothered by it :-)We had planned to go for the summit the nigh before, but when waking up at midnight the storm was so incredible strong that we could not leave our tents for the next hours and when it got better it was too late to go up safely. So we waited until the next night and just before sunset I could capture a part of the wonderful view that was opening around us, straight from my tent that was perched on a sloping rock-platform.Only a small part of the view actually as it was taken with a 20D and a 50mm lens (80mm effectively), but somehow this narrow cut out gives a better sense of space. In the upper left corner you can see part of the Cho Oyu massif (8201m), on the right is Changtse, more than 7500m high, but from here it looks like a small hill...
Harry Kikstra, Earth Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementWho am I?
Harry Kikstra, a climber/expedition leader/ photographer/ filmmaker/ producer/ writer/ public speaker/ cyclist and many other things that have to do with sharing the beauty of the outdoors. I have climbed the 7 continental highpoints and have travelled a lot and will not stop soon, though normally I am based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Contact me if you want other images or galleries from ExposedPlanet and I will add them.
I, Harry Kikstra, have started ExposedPlanet.comnot only as a way to show my portfolio, but also to share the beauty of our planet. Nowadays negative press & media might make people scared of everything foreign or different: culture, religion, people and the places themselves. This xenophobia is taking over our lives and prevents us from seeing the real world as it is: a wonderful place with beautiful people. There are no bad or evil countries, religions or people. There is bad and good people in every culture, including your own.
I hope I can share a bit of the amazement I have enjoyed while travelling the 7 continents. The more I see, the more I know I still have to see and I will. Life is too short to focus on not-existing enemies & fears.
The posters here all have small borders, with the name of the image and "ExposedPlanet" on them. If needed, they can be cut off or covered with a mat, if you just want to look at the subject only. If needed, I can upload a 'clean' version, just ask. Also please let me know if you are looking for a specific image or subject, as there are many more where these came from and I might be able to help you out, see also my website for a few hundred examples.
These images will also show more of the culture and other nature that is to be found on our 7 continents. I hope that it will sparkle your imagination, make you curious or even just educate you a bit, being maybe the 3 most important aspects of society in my view. A picture can say more than a 1000 wars and can maybe help understand the world around us. It's a small place, so maybe we can make the best of it together..