Mountain photographer Arpan Das has traveled all over the world capturing incredible photos of dramatic peaks. But he says there’s one country that stands out above all of the others.
Das, who is an astrophysicist as well as a photographer, tells PetaPixel that mountains never cease to amaze him.
“They’re so massive and towering, it’s hard to fathom how small we are compared to them. It’s a humbling experience to stand in the shadow of a mountain and feel insignificant in the grand scheme of things,” he says.
“Mountains hold an air of mystery and intrigue. They’re always inviting exploration and discovery. There’s always something new to see around the next corner, from hidden waterfalls to serene alpine lakes, curving glaciers, or a variety of wildflowers.”
Das says that each mountain range possesses its own unique wonders.
“The Rocky Mountains are different from the Alps, which are different from the Himalayas. There’s always something new to learn about each range, and I love capturing the unique beauty of each one,” he explains.
“I’m also a big fan of the challenge of mountain photography. It’s not always easy to get the perfect shot. You have to deal with harsh weather conditions, difficult terrain, and unpredictable light.
“But when you finally get that perfect shot, it’s all worth it. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to photograph mountains. It’s a passion of mine, and I hope to continue doing it for many years to come.”
Which Country Has the Best Mountains?
Das, who is originally from India, has been to Europe, North America, and Asia to photograph mountains. But he says there is one country that stands out above all of the others.
“Coincidentally all of my favorite mountains are in Canada: the Canadian Rockies, Yukon, and the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia,” he says.
“Even though the Alps are super beautiful, when it comes to photography I have to give the wilderness of Canada my favorite award.”
What Makes a Great Mountain Photo?
When Das is shooting mountains he is looking for what’s in the foreground, midground, and background — great light helps too.
He tells the Daily Mail that while he uses post-processing techniques, he doesn’t digitally manipulate the images.
“I am using the same equipment from the beginning and haven’t upgraded yet,” he says. “A Nikon D810, Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 G2, Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 G2, and a Tamron 100-400.
“I have two tripods, Feisol for hiking trips because of its superlight weight and Promediagear for normal trips with car and walking.”
Image credits: All photos by Arpan Das.