I'm new here, and I am hoping to get some help with a couple of photos from this summer. It feels like something is lacking, but I can't quite figure out what to do.
These photos were taken during our ascent of the Evolution Traverse in the High Sierra. This traverse covers eight miles of technical climbing and fifteen-thousand feet of total elevation gain by connecting nine 13,000' peaks (all named after prominent evolutionists). Weight was extremely limited, so I was designated the camera-carrier)
Photographing this trip was difficult for me. The high-altitude light made for harsh shadows, and the skies were generally clear (a godsend!). Adding to that, there was also exhaustion, lack of mobility, and the constant need to keep moving (the route itself took three days). Nevertheless, these photos are important to me, and I want to make them the best I can. Hopefully I can present prints to my partners as gifts.
The problem I see with these images is a lack of differentiation between various elements. The "triangle" that dominates the frame is backlit and darker than the background objects. I like the look of grayscale, but the textures really blend together. Any advice on how to improve this would be much appreciated.