Jackie Ranken - Canon Master
Many times I heard the crash and boom of avalanches in this area of Aoraki National Park, but I have never caught the action like this. Sound travels slower than light which means that by the time I heard the boom the moment had already passed and all that was left was the cloud of snow dust in the air.
On this occasion; I was in the right place at the right time with the right lens and technique. When I saw from the corner of my eye the movement from the ice cliff all I had to do was swing my camera around, check my exposure and shutter speed and fire the shutter. I made a series of about eight images capturing the whole sequence of this spectacular event.
I chose this single shot to share because it shows the pivotal moment when the ice hit the ledge below.
Canon 5DMKIII F5.6, 1/1500 sec, 500 ISO
Lens EF 70-200 f2.8 /L IS II USM @focal length of 200mm
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