High Altitude Photography
by George Brybycin
(Updated Feb 13, 2011)
George enjoying a view of Hector Lake from Mt. Hector.
Not many people feel at home at high elevation often suffering from dreaded vertigo. I am in my element up there, the higher the better. From early childhood I hiked, skied, climbed and camped on the the mountains. A camera was always oround my neck and it allowed me to capture the mood, light, weather and the drama of the heights. The challenge and the danger is quite high for bivouacking at 3300 meters in late autumn or winter when the mercury drops to -25°C and the rigors of weather can be dangerously unpredictable. I've never hesitated or slowed down regardless of how cold it was. The next thing I knew I had shot over 30, 000 mountain images, climbed over 400 mountains, forded swollen rivers, faced extreme weather, grizzly bears and cougars and lived to tell about it! These are a but a few of my pictures that capture my journeys into the mountains.
Igloo in front of Mt. Athabasca in Moon light.
George and tent at base of Mt. Sarbach
George on top of Mt. Temple after a cold night sleeping in the snow hollow he is sitting in.
Immense view from Mt. Temple looking North West
Clemenceau icefield - Lawrence Grassi hut lit by moonlight
On Mount Daly - evening shot looking north at Waputi icefield and Mount Balford in the distance.
George Brybycin on Mount Bell looking southwest.
Many of the self portraits were taken using a tripod and self timer. At high altitude and very cold temperatures the camera meter was often useless as the batteries would die in the cold. George would estimate the exposure and bracket his shots.
Recently published large hardcover photography books by George Brybycin
Recent Paper Back Books by George Brybycin.
George Brybycin has been photographing in the Canadian Rockies for over 50 years and has self published 45 books, 42 of them on the Rockies and 3 on Calgary. George has climbed over 500 mountain peaks in the Rockies and his goal is to publish a total of 50 books and be the most profilic publisher of Rocky Mountain Photography books. His books are available in Chapters and stores in the Mountain Parks. George shoots with a Pentax K camera on Kodachrome and Velvia film.
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George lives in Calgary, AB