The Big One by stiann

On the way to Store Skagastølstind, commonly dubbed The Big One. This peak is part of the Hurrungane mountain range found in western Norway.

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Home of the Giants by stiann

In this landscape the fjord areas of western Norway transitions into the high mountains of Jotunheimen, by any measure the most spectacular mountain range in Norway and home to the tallest peaks in Northern Europe. The name Jotunheimen stems from Norwegian folklore and roughly translates into “Home of the Jotuns”, “Jotuns” being giants or the largest type of troll. Not the modern internet ones though. The trolls roaming around here are of the kind you really really don’t want to run into!

As seen in the foreground, these mountains are completely covered by boulders left behind by glaciers of various ice ages. There isn’t a level surface to be found anywhere and of course there’s no vegetation because of altitude. It’s definitely not the place to bring a tent and it takes time to move around because of the terrain. To the left you can see Store Skagastølstind, commonly dubbed “the big one” among climbers.

A mix and match of 46 images. The sunstar got a bit of a oval shape because of the way I put this together, but…I can live with it.

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Daybreaker by stiann

The sun rises above the tallest peak in northern Europe, as observed from a nearby peak at 05:40 in the morning. Even though shot in August, this high up it was -4C. And as calm and peaceful as it may appear, the wind speeds were so great it was hard to stand upright. The tripod had to be weighed down by a boulder, but even then vibration made some frames unsharp. I actually had to turn the IS on while still on the tripod. On the Canon 16-35 F4L IS this worked great in terms of sharpness, however as a side effect each bracket had to be painstakingly realigned by some 0-20px. 80% of the year this peak is covered in zero visibility fog. Furthermore it’s buried in snow 10 out of 12 months of the year, so I was lucky to get a view like this. 10-15 minutes after this shot it was all white. This was the second time I hauled the camera gear up, the first one was a complete bust with dense fog, blizzards and everything in between.

For the one person that is still reading this description, you’re looking at a total of eight 189MP panoramas bracketed for dr, dof and aperture. Photoshop was not happy about this one. Didn’t want to go overboard with the processing, tried to keep it as close to the actual scene as possible.

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