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Huangshan (56K might want to keep away)
Posted By: pop4, 06-02-2008, 07:58 AM

On the weekend, I traveled to Huangshan (黄山, literally Yellow Mountain). I climbed up and down thousands of stairs and saw porters and sedan chairs on the way. The weather was good, in fact too good, meaning I couldn't get to see any "cloud-shrouded" peaks; plus I got sunburnt.

I took close to 400 photos during the day, and really, the hardest part is to cull down the photos. I tried my best, and here, I present 25 photos, plus 1 panoramic shot. Sorry for the massive picspam!

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#7 Turtle Peak


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#15 Celestial Capital Peak

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06-02-2008, 08:00 AM   #2
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#18 Heavenly Bridge on the Carpís Backbone


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#22 View from Celestial Capital Peak


#23 Apex of Celestial Capital Peak, 1810m above sea level


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#26 Panoramic view from Alchemy Peak, stitched using Autostitch
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wow, what spectacular scenery.

thanks for posting these
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Awesome series! I really like the colouring and lighting on the pictures. It shows that you had the Giant Outdoor Flash on full power

Looks like a really pretty area, and you managed to capture it very good. Though I imagine that it looks even more magnificent in reality.

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Very interesting place! Looks very bright and hazy.. wonder how these would have worked with a polarizer?
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Excellent shots! and what a beautiful area! All are spectacular (I can see why you had trouble culling) but my favs are 15, 16 18 and 19. Several questions: Did you primarily use one lens? (I can't imagine climbing all those steps with a full kit) and What is the story behind all the locks in #23?

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Beautiful shots. I'm not sure I could make it to the top though. Thanks for sharing.

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nice work pop4! my parents are always talking about how nice Yellow Mountain is and it's great you took so many photos so that i can follow your journey. you're lucky it was such a clear day, i was under the impression it was always cloudy
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nicely done - especially

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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
Several questions: Did you primarily use one lens? (I can't imagine climbing all those steps with a full kit) and What is the story behind all the locks in #23?

NaCl(lovely, lovely mountains)H2O
I used the Sigma 10-20mm for pretty much all the shots. I had my 17-70mm with me and pretty much only used it once: I put it on when I was near the top, snapped a few shots, and it was back in my bag for the rest of the day.

My camera kit consisted of K10D, 10-20mm and 17-70mm lens and usual accessories like SD cards, batteries, lens cloth, etc. I had that in a Lowepro EX160 shoulder bag.

I also had a backpack, the Lowepro CompuRover AW with non-photo stuff like clothes, food and importantly water. I lugged six 600ml bottles of water/Gatorade up the mountain because I wasn't willing to pay the exorbitant prices. Everything gets more expensive the higher you go up the mountain. At the base of the mountain, bottles of water could be had for about 1 RMB. Halfway up the mountain, you're looking at 5-6 RMB for the same bottle of water. Up top, it's 10RMB. On the plus side, it meant that my load decreased throughout the day as I drank up.

The locks seem to be a popular thing on the mountains here in China. They're love locks, and couples would get a lock, sometimes with their names engraved on it, and lock it on the chains to show that their love will last forever.
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Coupled with your pictures of the steps, this looks like a very worthwhile trip for those that make it to the top.

Is there a tram that would help us fat folks to the top?
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Is there a tram that would help us fat folks to the top?
There are cable cars that can take you up the mountain; the Eastern Cable car takes you most of the way up, while the Western Cable car takes you about halfway. What I've heard though, is that on busy days, you could be waiting in line for the cable car for one to two hours.....
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Wonderfull landscapes - wow that much of been such a panoramic view from there.
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Turtle Peak so human like features

Magnificent countryside


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