Photographer's Note

Inspired by a recent photo of the Cumbrian hills in England posted by Ben WX (ben4321) I thought I would post my own version from Darjeeling, north-east India.

This photo is of the Kangchenjunga region of the mighty Himalayan mountain range and was photographed from a viewpoint about an hour's drive from Darjeeling called "Tiger Hill". I had to get up at 03:45 in the morning when sensible people are still tucked up nice and warm in their beds to get to Tiger Hill for 05:00 when the dawn light just starts to creep over the hills.

Mt. Kangchenjunga is the third tallest mountain in the world at 8,586m (28,169ft) but due to it's proximity to Darjeeling it looms over all the other mountains in view. From my image, Mt. Kangchenjunga is just off camera, about 20 degrees turn to my left. Mt. Everest, despite being about 150km (91 miles) away is still visible as a slightly higher peak to the rest along the horizon. From the viewpoint in this photo you need to turn 90 degrees to the left to see Mt. Everest.

From Tiger Hill it is possible to see 5 different countries. India, obviously, because you are in it!; Nepal is visible in the distance to my left (towards Everest); the mountains in the background to my photo are in Tibet; to my right the landscape becomes Bhutan and immediately behind me heading down into the plains it is possible to see Bangladesh.

This photo was taken at 05:45 in the morning. The sun appeared over the mountains just off camera to the right at approximately 06:10.

PP detail: Full-frame shot, no cropping; These are the natural colours for the sky but I have enhanced the saturation slightly (about 10%) to make them more vivid; All other colours untouched; Sharpness x 1 to edge of hills to create more definition; Black frame added.

Have a good weekend!


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