Kanchenjunga

Kanchenjunga

Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, as seen from Glenburn Tea Estate near Darjeeling, India.

So here’s something frustrating – I wrote a post for this photo, which was supposed to be uploaded yesterday afternoon, but apparently I forgot to click the Publish button. It was a good post. Unfortunately, I have no idea what I wrote, and the post was only saved until I started writing the next one. Oh well, hopefully I can write a good redux.

Kanchenjunga is huge. The main peak itself is 8586 m (28,169 ft) high, making it the third tallest on Earth. It isn’t in the main group of the Himalaya, so it’s less famous than some of the other mountains. But looking at this photo, here’s a bit of scale for you: the Rockies, the Alps, Rainier, Kilimanjaro, and Fuji would all fit below the snow line, and then, you’d have another whole Rainier, Fuji, or Whitney on top of that. Denali would be one of the smaller, snow-capped peaks on the left side of the range.

I loved that for a week, we had this view out the window of our room. I imagined what it would be like to walk down from my hill, around 2400 m (8000 ft), cross the river and climb the hill on the other side to the peak. I like hiking, but I’m no mountain climber, so it’s a total pipe dream. It was a nice fantasy, though.

For processing this photo, I took the rough, proof scan, which is good enough quality to see what sort of photo you have, but with its scanning artifacts, low resolution and such is absolutely not intended to be shown to one’s adoring public. But, being an artist, I made use of the problems to create an image that looks old and faded. Instead of using a regular sepia toning, I gave it a duotone treatment, making the highlights a sort of golden brown and the shadows blue. Then I added a vignette to put the sky into a space between shadows and highlights, so it wouldn’t be uniformly golden.

Yesterday: Tea Bushes
Tomorrow: Rain

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