Thursday, 14 July 2011

Poor timimg

I don't know what you think, but I thought this picture was crap until I looked at it again and thought, hmm, interesting...

The other day I went out to watch the sunset as I always try to do when I'm at the summit. Unfortunately I was a little rushed this time as we'd been dealing with several telescope and instrument complications and problems but just had enough time to set the camera on the tripod and take a few pictures. The scene was wonderful until I realised my camera wasn't working as it should. The sun was still above the high clouds and the colours were amazing but the memory card in my camera was screwed, at least that was my initial diagnosis.

So I rushed back into the dome to get a replacement card ("rushed" being a relative term at 14,000 feet) and a couple of minutes later managed to walk with somewhat wobbly legs back to the camera. Oh boy, it's so easy to forget how little oxygen there is at the summit. One of the Celeste visiting instrument team members had kindly stood guard next to my camera while I was gone but probably thought there was some drunk summit madman heading towards him until I got close enough for him to recognise me.

I need to talk to the summit management team about some comfortable benches...

Anyway - too late - the sun had appeared below the mid-level clouds so the scene was gone but I took a couple of pictures anyway before I went into a coma. This is one of them.

I still don't know if it's crap or not.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

haha! very amusing! Since I have never been to the summit, I can only imagine the scene! Thanks for the capture!