Everest In Two Billion Pixels

280px-Everest_kalapatthar_cropCheck out this site and see Mount Everest in two billion pixels. Be sure to use the button to zoom in.

This is part of a project by David Breashears, who has already climbed the mountain five times. This is part of a project called GlacierWorks by Breashears, who made the much-acclaimed IMAX documentary “Everest.”

Who needs Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay now? You can get a pretty good pixelated view from your own couch.

28 thoughts on “Everest In Two Billion Pixels

  1. This is TOO funny! I saw this last night and played with it for about 15 minutes, and thought it was so cool I emailed it to my friends! I LOVE it when I see stuff like that on here too!

  2. The glaciars are thawing and drying out. So must the rivers perhaps do.
    Wish they had a site mode on which base camp at 5,000 meters height.
    The Swedish sincle climber and no oxygen started there. Same guy went to south pole alone.

  3. Any chance of seeing all the bodies left of climbers who didn’t make it but nobody feels the need to bring back down? How about the massive garbage dumps that are there because climbers can’t be expected to haul their own trash back?

    Those are emblematic of how we care for one of the most awesome (in the real sense of the word) places on earth and any detailed examination that did not include them would be incomplete

  4. I’m sitting here with my old Nikon D70 mounted with my new (to me) Nikkor VR AF-S 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 ED lens mounted, waiting for different birds to show up to the 5 bird baths I cast, which are just outside my window. It’s been very dry, so all sorts of usually pretty shy birds have been coming in, and I’ve captured a few in photo. In that pursuit, one always worries about the resolution and all the factors affecting sharpness, lighting, etc.

    I wonder what kind of equipment, setting, etc., were used to capture this great image, or whether it’s simply a frame out of a video.

  5. DonS,

    It took 3 bearers for the camera alone (demountable). Hardly video at this pixel count. The lens must have been humongous for this resolution.

    Sounds like you are well set up. My first TTL in 1965 is still useable. But not fast enough for birds where auto-feed would be needed.

    What bird visits and what dry climate?

  6. Idealist, I still have my film cameras, but besides use as paperweights, there not much use these days.

    I’m in the mountains of Virginia, and we haven’t had any significant rain probably in 6 weeks; usually we are much wetter.

    When I say shy birds I don’t mean unusual, just that some rarely come close to the house.

    Lot’s of the usuals chickadees, titmice, goldfinches, sparrows, nuthatches, towhees, cardinals, carolina wrens etc, come to the feeders.

    Lots of woodpeckers because we have lots of trees; some of the smaller ones (downies, haries), hang around regularly. Then there are the flickers, the red bellies, the sapsuckers, and the past few days a piliated has come to the water about 15 feet from where I’m sitting. They are strange, large, impressive birds.

    Others we’ve found of interest include red breasted nuthatches (usually we see the white breasted), golden and ruby crowned kinglets, brown creeper, blue birds, and a few others. A hawk swoops through now and then looking for the easy picking; it’s either a coopers or a sharp shinned, their variation in size by gender makes positive id a bit tricky

    The migrating warblers are long gone, and we haven’t seen thrashers recently.

  7. I saw it first hand from the same spot in 1980. There was a monkey there at my side begging. When I was preoccupied with snapping the photo, he stole my camera bag and went over a stone wall and down a very steep ravine. When I caught up with him he asked how many pixels I had. I did not understand what he meant until now. If you go to Nepal, and wish to photograph the peaks, keep an eye out for the monkeys.

  8. Well, we in Sweden, due to the climate are less gifted with animals in general. Same goes for plants too. This applies to the whole of Europe. It was the last ice age that eradicated many species here.
    Apparently the less extensive ice age in the USA combined with NO transversal mountains to inhibit retreat was good for survival there.

    What we lack in specie numbers can be somewhat alleviated by birds who live in our vicinity at the cottage, 18 miles from Stockholm.

    The largest in stature is a woodpecker at 55cm. He passes over the house screeching in the summer. The ring doves who often in the Spring are not in the least afraid of us, strolling around our feet.. The sea eagle can often be seen above the nature preserve 3 km away, often harassed by a covey of ravens. We also have a green woodpecker who often visit and ignore our presence.

    Having limited film in the camera gave rise to some good talents, but a lot of missed shots. Good shooting—–of the peaceful kind.

  9. BDog, must be amazing to see in person, especially without clouds. When we were in Alaska we had a clear view of Denali (Mt McKinley) which was from many miles away to encompass the scope. It’s about 20,000 ft, and very cold and windy. Everest and the whole range must just be spectacular.

  10. Id707, glad you are able to enjoy the wildlife; it’s always good for perspective I think. I guess the “sea eagle” you mention would be the same or similar to the Osprey here, a most magnificent bird that we see in Nova Scotia all the time.

    I was curious about the green woodpecker you mention: its body length is 30-36cm, wingspan 45-51. It seems like it’s ground feeding habitws are much like the flicker here. The pileated is 40-49cm body and 66-75 span.

    Yes, I am aware that Europe generally lacks songbirds, including those that have been diminished through snaring. We notice that when we are in Europe, but are glad for the variety of species we do see. I’m afraid there are dire predictions about decline of North American bird populations due to habitat loss and other factors. Doesn’t seem at all right.

    FYI, I don’t use “burst” shooting, somewhat equivalent to auto wind in predigital era, for birds.

  11. Beautiful, thanks. “I see dead people.” There are many, “Into Thin Air” is a great book on the subject.

  12. Juris,

    I guess it was Waldo some saw. A good idea scaled into the zoom mech.

    Speaking of base camp clutter, I understand climbing parties are forced to pre-pay packing out of all not combustible. ??????????

  13. An addendum for the scientifically inclined.

    Fractals, which I never mastered, has shown that mountains lack a natural scale for judgement. One such part can not give info on the scale of the mountain. Of course, an experienced mounatain climber could do a good job of it.

    Which means that zooming robs you of the power to scale even a beach, cove or inlet from the air by observation only.

    The same fractal character allows us to make movies with computer created landscapes.

  14. BarkinDog, it’s a good thing it wasn’t one of them flying monkeys from Oz.

    Sadly this species of monkey are nearly extinct. Ever since their owner melted they’ve been dying off.
    I do hear rumors though that Jan Brewer has the last three under her care. :o)

  15. if you look way to the left you can see some a$$hole writing his name in the snow. let me see it’s G-E-O-R-G-E-W-B-U oops looks like he ran out

  16. Speaking of Dubja, his real motto is “money will cure anything” But when he got to drinking in his NG air unit and he lost his nerve and flight status. He then ran and hid from the rest of the whole program. Money did buy him out of his seven year obligation, but did not give him his flight nerves back.

    But he did make tough decisions. Like sending men to kill and be killed in two wars, One more than Daddy H W.

    source: Russ Baker’s 500 page book on “Secrets: the Bush Family”

    As recalled, of course..

  17. Juris: Anyone know where to find a good reference in the photo to show the scale of this pic?

    if you look zoom in on the bottom of the photo you will hundreds of tents, some people, prayer flags etc.

    you can also see lines of climbers in various places and one of the higher base camps between the peak in the middle and the “v” below

    here is a link to a post on Fark with a map of the route from the same viewpoint
    the south col route

  18. My ENT Dr. has climed that hill twice. Don’t know how he does it. I get winded checking the mail! jk Here’s something to try, zoom in real close and tell someone you are looking at an alien landscape or something, then start freaking out when you see people walking. You could probably have someone going for a while!

  19. I looked for the World’s Most Interesting Man, but I guess he had already gone to warmer climes to hang out with the babes when this was taken.

  20. In spite of havinng a great orientation capability, for example, can always find my way back to a cactus I peeed on some years ago, I can not orient myself here from words. Other than the tent/cupole camp, I am lost.

    Is it Everest the furthest back between the V slopes?
    Then where is the high camp? Duh

  21. C Everett, that is so awesome. Thanks for the guidance.

    Idealist, look at the link Everett provided to answer your questions.

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