National Geographic: Extreme Photo of the Week:Climbing Monserrat, Catalonia, Spain
Climbing Monserrat, Catalonia, Spain
Photograph by Sam Bié
Getting the Shot
“The fog adds another dimension—a mountain in the sky,” says photographer Sam Bié of getting this shot of climber José Agustí on La Joya de la Corona on Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain. “Montserrat is an iconic mountain that inspired many Spanish artists, including Gaudí—it’s a fantastic world. The main challenge is to observe and see the characteristics of the place.”
This route was actually Bié’s alternative plan. “The weather was too bad to go on a long and high route. And by chance, the fog came in at the right time and disappeared very quickly after,” he recalls. The swiftly moving fog became the biggest challenge of the shoot. “The fog was stable for one minute, and one second later the fog surrounded us. I crossed my fingers the sun didn’t appear because the fog would disappear very, very quickly.”
Bié photographed with a Nikon D600 and a Nikon AF-S ED 14-24mm, f/2.8 lens.