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This is the awe inspiring view from the top of Adam’s Peak, one of the tallest mountains in Sri Lanka. I climbed the 7km stair laden trail to the summit in the middle of the night, to capture the sunrise over the mountains around.

It was a long climb of about 3.5 hours, traveling up 5,200 steps to a height of over 2000 metres above sea level. It was one of the hardest things I have ever put myself through, but it was definitely worth it, just to see this scene.

This was taken at 6.30am, as the sun lit the black skies all around us.

This journal entry details the climb, the sunrise, and the torturous trip back down the mountain.

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Single RAW file, converted in Photoshop CS4. No textures or layers. Only editing is white balance, to bring back the exact blue hues of the morning it was taken.

The view on the way down:

Canon 50D
55 – 250, 58mm
f4.5, 1/50, ISO 250


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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

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  • LookOutBelow
    LookOutBelowover 3 years ago

    Amazing work as always Parmi!

  • Thanks a lot mate, I still smile looking at these shots :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 3 years ago

    Amazing writing and capture……what a interesting read and adventure. Well done all around Andrew !!!!

  • Hey Sean, thanks very much! It really was a great adventure and such a feat to conquer!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    Incredibly beautiful image

  • Thanks a lot Kathy!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 3 years ago

    Superb..Love all that mist…what a view.

  • Thanks so much Jason, it was amazing to see the sun light this up over an hour :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Glorious scene and colours- Love it!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago


  • Thanks a lot mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous, gorgeous dawn!!
    Loved reading your journal on the torture you put yourself through to get to this point!!

  • Thanks so much Vikram! I have to say, this really was a spiritual pilgrimage, even if I didn’t realise it at time. Torture was definitely worth it :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoover 3 years ago

    incredible capture Parmi, I hope you’re not suggesting we do this on one of our outings? Well done : )

  • Thanks a lot mate! Hey, that’s a great idea, the others are going to thank you for putting that idea in my head ;)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Sally Green
    Sally Greenover 3 years ago

    just so simple and stunning! X

  • Thanks so much mate!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Merrilyn Hunt
    Merrilyn Huntover 3 years ago

    Instant fave! SENSATIONAL work, Andrew!! How on earth are you anyway???

  • Hi Mez! Thanks heaps mate!! Been great, just got back from a month in Sri Lanka. We have to catch up soon! Hope you’ve been well mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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