Modern technology has revolutionized all aspects of our living. When it comes to photography, drones have dramatically changed aerial photography.
They offer fascinating bird’s-eye views of landscapes, vast areas, risky terrains, and distant horizons. Apart from the spectacular artistic products they create, drones are very easy to use.
The Himalayan mountain range is one of the most picturesque places on earth. It covers around 2,400 km of land and water and is the home of rich biodiversity.
The Himalayas are the third-biggest ice and snow deposit in the world, so there are about 15,000 glaciers there, many of them large, some smaller, and many have not been discovered yet.
Many maintain that drones can be of great help when it comes to understanding the dynamics and melt of glaciers, as they are fast at collecting large geographical areas and have higher spatial resolution than satellite imagery.
Drones can also easily reach dangerous landscapes and are specially designed for tracking and mapping natural hazards and risks.
With the help of his drone, one photographer discovered a hidden treasure in the Himalayas!
Photographer David Kaszlikowski is a renowned name in the world of photography and has received a number of awards for his work. He is primarily a mountain photography specialist, with underwater and aerial photography skills (piloting multicopters).
While looking for an ideal location for his documentary, K2 Touching the Sky, Kaszlikowski sent his DJI Phantom Drone to investigate the area. He set it up and flew the drone above the K2 Mountain, the second-highest peak in the world.
There, near Concordia, the area below the mountain, where two glaciers, Baltoro and Godwin-Austen, meet, he spotted a new, surreal one, surrounded by a 65-feet wide 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.”
The melting glacier was a picturesque sight!
The Polish photographer and a guide trekked to the spot at night to capture its beauty.
With a Canon 5D Mark III on a tripod, Kaszlikowski used a 30-second exposure to capture it. With the shutter open, he used an LED to illuminate the image and create a glow.
The result is surreal!
David was fascinated by it and proud of the unique piece of art he has created.
Kaszlikowski explained that the peaks are beautiful, but over-represented in the pictures, so he tried to make something unusual.
He said that photographers should retain their style in their work and listen to their intuition:
“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.”