Polish photographer takes a drone to K2, returns with breathtaking pictures

Adventure-photographer David Kaszlikowski took the pictures as part of his documentary film


Web Desk July 31, 2015
K2 mountain captured on a clear night just before sunrise. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

The icy tundra of Baltoro glacier and K2 can be one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. But in rare moments, it can also be one of the most beautiful.

This landscape beauty was captured by Polish adventure-photographer David Kaszlikowski as part of his expedition to the Karakoram region to shoot for a documentary.

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 magnanimy of the Baltoro, one of the largest glaciers in the world.

He manages to capture the glacier and the mountain in a manner never seen before.

At the heart of Karakoram, a glacier formation found at Concordia at the very beginning of one of the longest glaciers on the planet, Baltoro. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

K2 mountain captured on a clear night just before sunrise. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI



K2 is the second highest mountain in the world at 8,611 metres above sea level. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

Training climb on the ice features of the Baltoro glacier. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI



LED light to 'paint' the snow at Karakoram. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

The porters’ tent at K2’s base camp is just a tarpaulin stretched over the stones, left, while the other tents belong to expedition members. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

Expedition members meander between crevasses with the Gasherbrum IV massif visible in the background. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI



A view of the Gasherbrum IV massif. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

Balti porters carrying loads which range from 25kg to 50kg, a task they undertake often wearing only basic rubber sneakers filled with fresh grass to stop their feet slipping. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI



The porters photographed outside at base camp. They sometimes light fires using rubbish from the expeditions. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

The article originally appeared in The Guardian

COMMENTS (19)

zzz | 6 years ago | Reply @Bewidlered: you ask that foreigners take care of the working conditions in your own country? are you a slave looking for a master?
kashmiri | 6 years ago | Reply @Bewildered: Are you serious in suggesting that every mountaneering expedition should be forced to bring along a truckload of clothes and equipment of all sizes for all the porters they will employ along the route? It is up to the government of Pakistan to establish mandatory training courses for porters, a list of compulsory equipment, a license regime for hiking agencies, a compliance control regime, etc. Sure foreigners will then have to pay more for the services, but please get away with this colonial mentality that foreigners should distribute alms!
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