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! 

2014 Pic(k) of the week 8: Courchevel Altiport

Image details:
iPhone 4S 
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!"


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