In all of the natural world, there is one element that has forever captured the imagination and fascination of man, and has inspired a sense of awe and wonder in most of us – while in a select few it has brought forth an appetite for adventure and risk, to test yourself to the ultimate measures. This element is of course: MOUNTAINS…
I’ve yet to meet anyone who isn’t inspired by mountains and the landscape surrounding them, and while not all of us find in ourselves the will to scale them, we at least associate with them a tranquility, a strength and a return to the root of nature – most of us associate a mountain-breakaway with an idyllic time of relaxation and reflection on our life. I was an avid hiker until we started having kids, but I am still keen to take up this wonderful pastime again when my children are at the age where they can begin hiking with us.
Last Friday, we asked you to show us your best photos of mountains around the world. Here are the Top 5 that caught my eye…
Top 5: Mountains
This photo captured that exploring, daring, adventurous spirit I described above – coupled with a lovely view of Cathkin Peak in the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa. The hiker/photographer adds a lot of scale and sense of depth here, and the overall image design is nicely done.
There are few mountain ranges as beautiful and iconic as the Torres del Paine in Patagonia. This photo shows us why…
Rob is a sheep farmer in the Karoo region of South Africa – and these iconic peaks of Teebus and Koffiebus (as they are called) can literally be seen from his back porch. Mountains and dramatic weather/lighting are like peas in a pod and make for stunning photographs. The juxtaposing shapes of the kopjes and the incredible play of light and shadow due to the stormy weather makes this a stand-out image.
This photo is as fresh as they come. South Africa’s Western Cape province has just experienced the first cold front of the year, coupled with the first sprinkles of snow on the local mountains. This was taken on Friday morning overlooking some vineyards in the Hex River valley just outside Cape Town. The strong diagonal lines in this photo leads the viewer into the scene, coupled with gorgeous colour contrasts and good use of layers in the composition. It also shows you that you don’t always need to photograph mountains with a wide angle lens.
It’s not always about capturing a grand landscape scene devoid of hand-of-man elements…it’s also about telling a story and conveying an immediate sense of place and context. A pair of St Bernard’s in front of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps needs no further explanation.
Thanks to everyone who participated! Keep your eyes on the blog for the announcement of this week’s theme!
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