Mosaic view of Everest from the top of Kala Pattar - 19 March 1990

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MaxFarrar on April 22, 2009

With a cloud streaming from its 8848m peak, Everest is more than a kilometer higher than Nuptse which appears to be the higher mountain in this view.

Over on the left at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall are the coloured tents of Everest Base Camp. Unfortunately, they are hard to see in this compressed JPG version of the mosaic.

Prominently on the right on the horizon is Ama Dablam. The Khumbu Glacier is retreating below you. Several mini-glaciers descend from the cliffs of Nuptse.

All Everest climbers detour up here to the top of Kala Pattar at 5554m to see this view on their way to base camp.

It is the best view in the world.

What makes a mosaic like this better than a single wide angle photograph, and makes the additional trouble worthwhile, is that each telephoto shot is individually focussed. The whole picture is in focus (except where I messed up over on the right).

not1word on April 25, 2009

How many shots is this? I like the look of the mosiac for this, too. You really are a globe trotter.

MaxFarrar on April 26, 2009

Thanks n1w. Nineteen shots. It would have been twenty, but my Olympus shutter froze on the last one in the lower right corner. (Thank god it was the last one.) Also, I failed to focus the one just above the lower right corner. My excuse is that it was freezing and windy at 18,300 ft.

David Hockney (A Bigger Splash) had the idea about 35 years ago to take multiple telephoto shots of even the most mundane scenes and objects, put the prints together and see those objects in a new way. His first published image was a desert hwy in California's Antelope Valley. Exposure of each shot causes problems when you put them together, as you can see in my mosaic.

For years I had a mosaic of 4x6" prints hanging on my wall which I was proud of.

Taking it a step further, I scanned the negs and used PhotoShop Elements 6.0 to stitch these together, and also the Greek Trireme pix.

not1word on April 26, 2009

Thanks for the great answer, Max. I like to try and use as close to the 50-52mm focal length (human eye approx.) with my panoramas. I've never done a full on mosaic, but now I'm interesting in giving it a go.

MaxFarrar on November 30, 2010

n1w, how are you doing with your mosaics? You can use a 50-52mm focal length for the individual shots if you want to, but I prefer going out to a longer focal length because my goal is to build up a mosaic of telephoto shots. I did a mosaic of Mount St. Helens this year which I haven't uploaded to G-E yet. I should have made a mosaic from the Brigham City overlook back in July.

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