Peak Perspectives - Giant’s Castle: Jul -Sep 2016

20 Jul 2016 21:01 - 20 Jul 2016 21:02 #69227 by Smurfatefrog
This is the official thread for the third quarter of the Essence of the Dragon 2016 photo competition. We unfortunately do not have a sponsor or prize for this round.

Theme: Peak Perspectives - Giant’s Castle

Criteria:
Giant’s Castle Peak should be the dominant feature in the shot. The feature need not be the commonly known or seen aspects of the peak. Shots of unusual angles or features of the peak are encouraged, even if not readily recognisable as belonging to the peak, provided they are unique to the peak. The shot may be of any part of the Giant’s Castle massif extending from the escarpment, including the long buttresses on either side of the peak, and the classic South Ridge running down from the main summit. Broad panoramas should be avoided unless the peak clearly dominates the view. Views from the summit must include a discernible feature of the peak. No time period restrictions are applicable.

Please take note of the general criteria here

Background info:
According to Bill Barnes, in his authoritative book on Giant's Castle Game Reserve, the peak was named for its likeness to an enormous castle suitable for a giant: “So it is castle-like, without particularly resembling a giant. Many people assume the latter, believing that they see a giant lying on his back, with face, chest and toes pointing upwards.” The name was originally given to the present day “Garden Castle” peak in the 1830s but was reassigned to the current peak in 1865. The old Zulu name is Mbevula.

Album for submissions: www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/featured-images/peak-perspectives-giants-castle-jul-sep-2016.html

Start date: 01 July 2016
Last submission date: 30 September 2016
Last voting date: 10 October 2016



For more information on the Essence of the Dragon competition, please follow this link:
www.vertical-endeavour.com/blog/23-general/this-site/237-essence-of-the-dragon.html

Before participating in this round, please read through all the rules governing the competition, and ensure that you fulfill all criteria (both for you as an entrant, and for your entry):
www.vertical-endeavour.com/blog/23-general/this-site/236-governing-rules-for-essence-of-the-dragon.html

The overview and progress for Essence of the Dragon 2016 can be viewed here:
www.vertical-endeavour.com/blog/23-general/this-site/238-essence-of-the-dragon-2016.html

Last edit: 20 Jul 2016 21:02 by Smurfatefrog.
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21 Jul 2016 09:52 #69231 by ghaznavid
Going with the "playing your hand too early" approach here, but oh well - got plenty of photos of Giants Castle.

The feature need not be the commonly known or seen aspects of the peak. Shots of unusual angles or features of the peak are encouraged, even if not readily recognisable as belonging to the peak, provided they are unique to the peak.

My entry definitely meets this requirement, it was taken just below Lotheni Pass earlier this year. The title is "Dragon's Claw"


www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/featured-images/peak-perspectives-giants-castle-jul-sep-2016/dragon-s-claw-1459.html

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23 Jul 2016 12:01 #69244 by Biomech
That was an amazing moment, Ghaz!

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23 Jul 2016 16:35 #69245 by ghaznavid
It most certainly was! Had to get the shot in before you might post your photo of it :laugh:

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24 Jul 2016 08:15 #69249 by Biomech
Haha! Well you beat me to it!

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25 Jul 2016 14:32 #69268 by elinda
We had hiked up to the contour path in thick mist and rain the previous day and were rewarded with this view of the Giant from Chibini Tarn the following morning


www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/featured-images/peak-perspectives-giants-castle-jul-sep-2016/giants-from-chibini-tarn-1460.html
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10 Aug 2016 14:10 - 10 Aug 2016 18:04 #69448 by diverian
My entry "Giants"

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10 Aug 2016 16:35 #69452 by Stijn
Who's the King of this Castle?



A few days after the heavy snowfalls in late July 2016, me and 3 friends from the Pretoria Boys High School Hiking Club took the opportunity for a 14-year hiking reunion. This was our campsite near the base of Langalibalele Pass and the sunrise views inspired some a tad more than others!

www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/featured-images/peak-perspectives-giants-castle-jul-sep-2016/who-s-the-king-of-this-castle-1493.html

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10 Aug 2016 17:31 #69455 by elinda
Fantastic photo Stijn!!
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10 Aug 2016 18:46 #69461 by Richard Hunt
What an awesome shot!!
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