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Photo Release: “Machapuchare (6997m) from Namchung Ri: B&W” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “Machapuchare (6997m) from Namchung Ri: B&W” by Doug Kofsky

The word Machapuchare translates from Nepali Bhasa as “Fishtail”, as the mountain resembles the tail of a fish poking into the sky when looked at from the jungles below. I became fascinated with Machapuchare’s unique shape and dedicated three weeks to hiking around it in order to find new places to view it from...

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Photo Release: “Tashigaun Sunrise” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “Tashigaun Sunrise” by Doug Kofsky

One of the primary goals for my last trek was to find more of the color green to put into the Mountainscapes. Spring and an early monsoon gave this opportunity from the village of Tashigaun, which lies on the way to Makalu Basecamp. The green of this village oasis took on added significance the farther we left it behind - for it is the last place from here on up where fresh vegetables can be easily obtained...

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Photo Release: “Sunset on Makalu (8481m)” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “Sunset on Makalu (8481m)” by Doug Kofsky

I had only seen the very top of Makalu from far away, five years ago when I visited the Everest Region. Looking to the eastern horizon, it towered over the other high peaks - an elusive, giant orange pyramid. At 8481 meters, it is not only the fifth tallest mountain in the world, but the outlier of some high places indeed, with Everest and Lhotse lying within 20 kilometers...

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Photo Release: “Namchung Morning” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “Namchung Morning” by Doug Kofsky

My first attempt to get to this viewpoint culminated in a sideways snowstorm that obscured everything and soaked me completely - including a night huddling under an overhang, without a tent, in the lightning and rain, trying to master the finer points of kindling bamboo and wet wood. It was an epic failure in terms of getting a fire lit or getting my shot, but it was a success in that I knew how to get there again...

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Photo Release: “Dhaulagiri & Rhododendrons” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “Dhaulagiri & Rhododendrons” by Doug Kofsky

One of the great views of the Himalaya is from Poon Hill. It conveys the awesome diversity of the Annapurna Range as an Eden of jungle and ice. My objective was to photograph the giant rhododendron blossoms set against the magnificent southern faces of the Himalaya...

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Photo Release: “K2 (8611m)” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “K2 (8611m)” by Doug Kofsky

I wanted the biggest shot I could get of the baddest mountain of them all - K2. Huffing along on the way to Broad Peak Base Camp I had taken the shot over and over again - so I decided to experiment with shooting the south face in sections and merging the pieces in Photoshop. The result is what you see - 23 images merged together - an attempt to look closely at the terrain comprising, in my opinion, the most significant mountain face of them all - in its history, its scale, and its aesthetic...

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