Majestic Sunrise from the Summit of Mount Fuji

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Are 11 hours of hiking through the night worth this photo?

I really asked myself this question as I stood at the summit of Fuji-San in Tokyo, Japan. Me and three friends started around 8 pm at the bottom of the volcano. We hiked up the whole night until we arrived at the summit around 5 pm. Gasping for air I stood there and watched the spectacular sunrise above the pacific.

I can tell you the sunrise was majestic and definitely worth the hike! The bad thing was the descent. We arrived in a really aggressive mood around 14 pm at the bottom. You can or cannot imagine the scene.
The whole night there was the stress of hiking and after you got the present of seeing the sunrise you still have to hike down at temperatures close to zero degree with the fine stones that lash into your face and through your Jeans.

I am not sure if I would do the trip again but in the end it was worth it. So I possibly would :)

Besides this is one of the advanced shots. As the clouds are moving really really fast you are not able to do HDR techniques here.
The clouds they destroy the whole HDR calculation. As I browsed my shot I found 2 that are possible to be processed. One of them you see here.

The boundaries of a Raw file can be seen in the clouds at the foreground.
You see that in the parts of the image where the sun does not shine it is really dark. You cannot restore the parts from the file.

A gradient ND Filter might help here.

These days Flickr is like therapy for me. I am writing my Master exams and there is a lot of work. I don’t have that much time for photography. But after every test, like today, I upload a shot.

Also thanks for commenting, faving or showing love on my recent images. I read everything you guys write and try to come back to your streams as far as time allows.


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  1. Melinda A Jones 15 months ago | reply

    I think the hike was so worth! what an amazing photo and a wonderful memory to have....incredible image!! :)

  2. Bellini. 15 months ago | reply

    Increíble imagen!!!!

  3. Hibakusha73 14 months ago | reply

    awesome picture, wordless...

  4. pyrospawn 13 months ago | reply

    Definitely worth the hike! Simply stunning. The beauty of nature couldn't be shown better!

  5. Nicholas Steinberg photography 13 months ago | reply

    Talk about speechless!! Well worth the hike. You were awarded abundantly for your hard work!! Once in a lifetime shot!!

    Via your photostream on Fluidr

  6. Mattia Notari 13 months ago | reply

    wooooow wtf I've lost this amazing shot!

  7. Jan-29 12 months ago | reply

    Definitely worth the hike! Breathtaking !!

  8. domi1951 8 months ago | reply

    Très belle réalisation !

  9. JIMI_lin 3 months ago | reply

    Fantastic composition, terrific shot

  10. hannane.fatima 7 days ago | reply

    عظمة الله تتجلى في خلقه

  11. littlestschnauzer 7 days ago | reply

    good luck Ben with the exams, I stopped after my degree !, so all the best , and I always smile when I see your photos ;)

  12. Malindo Gan 6 days ago | reply

    amazing image.

  13. Anirban Sinha 80 4 days ago | reply

    Magical artistry

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