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« on: November 04, 2008, 03:24:33 PM »
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Dear all,

A few images collected during a 3 days backcountry trek in the Japanese Southern Alps.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardlangui...57608648628249/

All shot with a D3, 60 mm f2.8 AF-S, 70-300 mm VR and RRS pano head. Conversions done in C1 and pano work done both with Autopano Pro and PTgui Pro.

My legs still hurt...

Cheers,
Bernard
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 07:32:44 PM »
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Dear all,

A few images collected during a 3 days backcountry trek in the Japanese Southern Alps.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardlangui...57608648628249/

All shot with a D3, 60 mm f2.8 AF-S, 70-300 mm VR and RRS pano head. Conversions done in C1 and pano work done both with Autopano Pro and PTgui Pro.

My legs still hurt...

Cheers,
Bernard

Wow, nice work Bernard, I enjoy seeing your photo's... I hope I can get a little of the standard you achieve when I'm over there for December and January.
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 10:54:35 PM »
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Bernard,

I'm so glad you do have the energy to go to such places and bring them back in images for the rest of us.
But I've finally found something to gripe about (slightly): I wish there were more light on the face of "the photographer in the middle" so I could see what he looks like.    

Thanks again,

Eric
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008, 07:16:28 AM »
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I'm so glad you do have the energy to go to such places and bring them back in images for the rest of us.
But I've finally found something to gripe about (slightly): I wish there were more light on the face of "the photographer in the middle" so I could see what he looks like.  

Thanks Eric, it is my great pleasure! As far as the photographer goes, whatever you imagine, I can confidently say that you would be disapointed.

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Bernard
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2008, 07:19:37 AM »
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I hope I can get a little of the standard you achieve when I'm over there for December and January.

Thanks. That shouldn't be too hard, but I would really advice against trying to walk the same route in December/January unless you have very solid winter mountaineering skills, these moutains can really be dangerous when the weather gets colder... not to mention the fact that access is next to impossible unless you have 6 days to spend in the area.

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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008, 06:21:23 PM »
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Thanks. That shouldn't be too hard, but I would really advice against trying to walk the same route in December/January unless you have very solid winter mountaineering skills, these moutains can really be dangerous when the weather gets colder... not to mention the fact that access is next to impossible unless you have 6 days to spend in the area.

Cheers,
Bernard

Ha ha... No plans for extreme hikes... I'd love to, but my experience of hiking up mountains is Mt Fuji in Summer.
I do plan to get the third station from Kawaguchiko. ^_~ but much of that will be driving where possible, and hiking from the first station up (as there's no road to the others).

In any case, you've got some notches on your experience belt there. ^_~
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2008, 01:59:38 AM »
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I just saw your latest photos. I'm impressed not only by them but also by your dedication. Hiking in the mountains with all that equipment really needs a strong and motivated person.
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2008, 04:33:17 PM »
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I just saw your latest photos. I'm impressed not only by them but also by your dedication. Hiking in the mountains with all that equipment really needs a strong and motivated person.

Thanks Francois. All that is mostly a lot of fun.  

Going there alone at this season would be dangerous. The key is to find people you like hiking with and who are willing to slow down a little bit to wait for the guy carrying the tripod.   My two friends this time were a lot fitter than I am and have significantly more mountaineering experience than I do.

- one is about to become a guide in Chamonix and gets bored it he doesn't walk 8 hours in a day off the official paths, he does 500m vertical an hour with a 20 kg pack and doesn't get too short of breath, I have a very hard time doing 400m and hour,
- the other one is a marathon trail runner who just completed a 70 km mountain race at night in Japan. She climbed some serious faces in Japan and spends most of her winter backcountry skiing.

I would have been unable to walk at the same pace with my heavier pack hadn't they been willing to cope with my photographic "disabilities", and I would probably not have gone there alone.

So in the end it is a team work.

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Bernard
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2008, 11:06:44 PM »
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A recent addition to the set above:



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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2008, 06:41:48 AM »
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Thanks Francois. All that is mostly a lot of fun.  

Going there alone at this season would be dangerous. The key is to find people you like hiking with and who are willing to slow down a little bit to wait for the guy carrying the tripod.   My two friends this time were a lot fitter than I am and have significantly more mountaineering experience than I do.
This is is an excellent test to separate "friends" from real friends. I've got some good "friends" but I wouldn't go hiking in the Alps again with them, even for money.

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- one is about to become a guide in Chamonix and gets bored it he doesn't walk 8 hours in a day off the official paths, he does 500m vertical an hour with a 20 kg pack and doesn't get too short of breath, I have a very hard time doing 400m and hour,
- the other one is a marathon trail runner who just completed a 70 km mountain race at night in Japan. She climbed some serious faces in Japan and spends most of her winter backcountry skiing.

Well, Chamonix is a good playground and guides from the Compagnie des guides de Chamonix have a well-deserved reputation of excellence. By the way, 400m/h is more than decent, congrats.
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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2008, 08:17:54 AM »
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A recent addition to the set above:
The background is stunning, but the foreground doesn't do much for me.

I suspect it works better in print or a better monitor than my employer's.
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2008, 04:05:04 AM »
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The background is stunning, but the foreground doesn't do much for me.

Thanks for the feedback Jan. The foreground was left out of focus on purpose this time, and there is some detail in the snow, but it is pretty bright.

Cheers,
Bernard
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