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Flying alongside Mount Cook

Flying alongside Mount Cook
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-22
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, Hama 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: New Zealand experience 2008/2009
Date Submitted: 2009-02-03 1:29
Viewed: 1822
Points: 56
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Flying alongside Mount Cook

During my New Zealand visit I made several scenic flights with different aircraft types. I took this shot while seated in a Aerospatiale AS 350B helicopter. Taking of at the base of Fox Glacier flying over the glacier to the summit of the south Alps were I had a awesome view on Mount Cook, the summit so see here. I was quite lucky with the weather, after arrival at Fox all further flights were cancelled that day.

In the WS you can find the AS 350B heli I flew in to the snow at the South Alps.

PP work, adjusted brightness, contrast and saturation. Resized and sharpened.

trekks, chrisJ, Juliet, shelbeesmom, Beger, jean11-3, mvdisco, boreocypriensis, jjanczyk has marked this note useful
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Great view Hans - well exposed to give the correct whiteness of the snow!! Nice compo with the glacier bottom left leading up to the peak on top right!!

Sounds like a great heli ride..


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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-02-03 1:43]

hi Hans

You are a lucky guy to fly in planes, helicopters and everything with wings in NZ; except with your own wings :)

Very impressive perspective view of the mountains that really make NZ so popular in a movie. Well composed shot.

tfs, bill

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-02-03 1:52]

Majestic view !


beautiful aerial capture of a majestic mountain!


very nice picture
really like the POV the colors are perfect

Thanks for sharing


Nice shot of the summit Hans, you were lucky with the weather alright.
Your pic shows where 10 metres fell off the peak on the 14th December 1991.
Back to work for a rest????

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-02-03 2:19]

Hi Hans

A spectacular aerial view of Mt Cook, & what looks like the Tasman Glacier. Good sharpness, graphism & colour, with a wonderful blue sky. Tfs!

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2009-02-03 2:31]

nice icy terrain
good shot
well done

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2009-02-03 2:57]

Hoi Hans,
Prachtige foto van een indrukwekkend berglandschap!
Mooie kleuren en prima compo.
Dat moet een geweldige ervaring zijn om daar "rond te fladderen"!

TFS en groet uit Schouwen,

Wow, what a spectacular shot Hans. Most of us will never see a glacier, let along from this vantage point. Stunning scenery!

Ziet er zeer hoog uit, waarschijnlijk geen of amper bergbeklimmers daar. Fijne compositie en knappe expositie.

Great view of the mountain with good depth. It must be a great impression to see this wonderful white country. Well done.
Best wishes,

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  • Dai Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 56 N: 247] (1214)
  • [2009-02-03 5:19]

Amazing scenery Hans, nicely captured. A shot you can only dream of taking - it helps if you are in an aircraft..!

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-02-03 5:45]

Hi Hans,
BEAUTIFUL--- and is it any coincidence that this is your '757' photo. A fantastic view with wonderful lighting and details. I love these shots. Nicely composed, TFS Julie

What a killer view!! Your detail in this shot is amazing considering shooting through the airplane glass, or were you hanging out the window? Good job Hansie! I love how you can see the blue of the ice in some areas!

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-02-03 7:36]

Hi Hans,
Lucky man to are to have seen a such wonderful sight!
Awesome capture with a good control of light!
I particularly like the fog in the depression of mountains! Striking!
Bravo! Annie

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  • maecy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 252] (1653)
  • [2009-02-03 9:00]

Hi Hans!

This is stunning image...sharp and clear! great lightning and composition! well done!



it's surely exciting to be able to photography such mounts from a plane, perfectly managed

This gets a 'wow' from me Hans.

In a lifetime spent in NZ I have never seen Aoraki Mt Cook like this with my own eyes, I envy you the experience.

Colour temp seems a little yellow to me, I would've boosted the blues perhaps in this, but wow what a sight!


Haven't you made a walk there???
Why not? Looks very pretty and soft there ;-)
Hi Hans, this mountains are impressive, and you were flying very close to the summit, that's amazing, looks as if you realy were standing on a higher summit to make the shot.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Hans, it is hard to believe that this is taken through the 'glass' of the helicopter, it is so sharp and clear.
Excellent composition.
You were very lucky to be able to experience the view from such a height.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-02-03 12:24]

How exciting Hans.

It isn't often we get to see photos taken up here on Mt Cook - and the clouds stayed away for you to take this photo. It must be quite thrilling to be this close to the highest point in New Zealand.

It certainly doesn't look like it's a smooth climb up there on foot!

Superb capture - wish I'd been there with you,


hahaah en hij gaat gewoon door alsof hij niet weg is geweest.... :-)

Wat een geweldig uitzicht Hans... éigenlijk ben ik we leen beetje boel jaloers, dt je zulke prachtige dingen hebt gezien en zulke geweldige mensen hebt ontmoet daar... Gaaf hoor!

Een schitternde plaat met prachtige details!


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  • Margy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 103 W: 6 N: 221] (2520)
  • [2009-02-03 15:13]

Hallo Hans,

Daar word je dus gewoon stil van, wat een prachtig landschap en at een lucky guy ben jij!
Een prachtige luchtfoto van dit indrukwekkend berglandschap.

Groetjes, Marga

Hi Hans,
Wanderful POV and DOF.. great capture and détails,
Amazing perpective and view, great colors and sharpness,,
Very well done.

Hi Hans, superb landscape capture of thes magnificent snowed summits. TFS and cheers,

Hello Hans,
Fantastic fractals of mountains
Good lightening conditions
Selahattin E

wow what a heavenly place. Great POV and great adjustment on the lighting levels im sure all the white in this picture is hard to deal with.
well done,

Excellent shot!
Amaznig view! Great sharpness and lovely light!

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