Living in this modern age with technology at our fingertips has changed much for most of us. In particular, drones have enabled us to explore aerial photography and capture images we would not normally have been able to before.
Vast landscapes, vistas and terrain that may have been too hazardous to consider are now easily viewed from a birds perspective and photographs recorded.
An area called the Himalayan mountain range featuring an abundant biodiversity, must be one of the most incredibly beautiful and magical places on earth.
This mountain range recorded as the 3rd largest ice and snow deposit in the world with around 15 000 glaciers, both large and small being recorded. There are of course many more that have not even been discovered yet which is not surprising as the range of this area covers about 2 400km of both land and water.
It is with relative ease that drones can reach places that were impossible or extremely difficult to reach before.
Important information regarding the melt of glaciers and the understanding thereof, plus the speed of collecting this information and getting high resolution images is immeasurable in the benefits for obtaining data.
David Kaszlikwoski, an award winning Polish photographer known for his work particularly with mountain, underwater and aerial projects was seeking a perfect site for shooting his documentary; K2 Touching the Sky.
The K2 is the second highest peak in the world and had a surprise in store for David when he set up his drone to do a flyover in the Himalayan mountain range.
Where two glaciers, Baltoro and Godwin-Austen meet nearby Concordia at the foot of the mountain, David found a stunning new glacier surrounded by a 65 foot pool of water.
“The place was special, making a very clean graphic frame. It was disappearing, melting, changing its form every day. It was quite obvious nobody will photograph it again like me; nobody will see it the same way the next season.”
Kaszlikowski and his guide decided to hike to this location at night to capture the beauty of this melting glacier.
Equipment used was a Canon 5D Mark III on a tripod, with a 30-second exposure. Leaving the shutter open, a LED was also used to shed light onto the glacier to produce luminosity.
It was truly a piece of art depicted, something quite dreamlike with the bright lit up glacier and the darker outlines of the mountain range in the background.
David stressed the importance of photographers needing to focus on what their style is and to consistently listen to their intuition to reflect in their work:
“Today, with digital and access to various advanced tools, it’s much easier to get decent results. But one thing never changes: You have to follow your vision.”