Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Pic(k) of the week 8: Courchevel Altiport
Back from a great ski-trip to the worlds largest ski area; Les Trois Val ées (France), it did little photography but did manage to shoot a reasonable amount of GoPro video footage while skiing.
An interesting action packed 1 min movie trailer can be found here.
One of the three valleys (Trois Vallées) in the 600km ski-area holds an airport, a very special one! The 525m runway at Courchevel Altiport sits on the side of a mountain and has an 18.5% slope. Because of the sloping terrain and its elevation of over 6500 feet, it is a one way in, one way out runway. Obviously landing upslope and taking-off downhill!
Just like all "Altiports" (mountain airports in France), special training is needed before being allowed to operate at Courchevel. Something that is on my flying bucket-list !
The image below was taken with my iPhone 4S, using the built in panorama function. It was physically made from the ski-slope just next to the runway. One can actually see my skis on the left!
ISO 50, f2.4, 1/8000s
iOS built in panorama function for stitching
Lightroom 5.3 for noise reduction
Remember; " The best camera is the one you have with you!"