Photographer took pictures of Pakistani glacier using a drone during three-week adventurous hike through the Himalayas
The photos taken in the cold, high Himalyas usually show colossal snow-covered vast lands and mountains. But David Kaszlikowski has managed to reveal magical Karakoram with such spectacular colours and lovely appeal which has never been done before.
During an exhilarating three-week trek in the Himalayas, Polish adventure-photographer David Kaszlikowski took a series of stunning photographs of a glacier in the Karakoram region of Pakistan as part of his expedition to the Karakoram region to shoot for a documentary.
At the Baltoro and Godwin-Austen glaciers near K2, the second highest mountain in the world, he sent his drone on flights to explore the surrounding landscape and remote ice field.
The breath-taking images capture the ever changing Concordia, where the Baltoro Glacier and the Godwin-Austen Glacier come together in the Karakoram range of Pakistan.
Mr Kaszlikowski, who is from Poland, said: ‘The place was special, it was disappearing, melting, and 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.’
Mr Kaszlikowski was in the Himalayas to shoot the HBO documentary, K2 Touching the Sky, and used the drone during breaks in the filming schedule.
Kaszlikowski managed to find a melting portion of the glacier that created a spectacular opportunity too hard to pass.
In additions to employing some of the best imaging tools commercially available, a Canon 5D Mark III in Kaszlikowski’s case, he also deployed a drone to fully capture the beauty and magnanimity of the Baltoro, one of the largest glaciers in the world.
Although he was there during the summer, the temperature still drops to a frosty 5 degrees Fahrenheit up there at 16,000 feet, so his hands were plenty cold while working.
Kaszlikowski was happy with the stunning colors and visual appeal, and proud that he’d found something unique. Too often, photos taken high in the Himalayas show enormous snow-covered giants swathed in clouds, perhaps with a lone climber. “Those peaks are sometimes beautiful, but obviously over-represented in the pictures,” he says. “I challenged myself to find something unusual.”
The photographer says he probably would have missed the shot 10 years ago, as he wouldn’t have had the drone that spotted the location in the first place. With decades of experience in outdoor photography, Kaszlikowski’s seen the technology improve exponentially. “Today, with digital and access to various advanced tools, its much easier to get decent results,” he says. “But one thing never changes: You have to follow your vision.”
He has managed to capture the glacier and the mountain in a manner never seen before.
— Guardian, DM, Wired