Monday, December 14, 2015

Pic(k) of the week 51: SUNSET OVER MOUNT DAMAVAND - IRAN

When one thinks about Iran, snow and skiing isn't the first thing that comes to mind... Iran has however some high mountain ranges which are getting a lot of snow over the winter months. Just north of the capital Tehran, there are quite a few ski-resorts where one can do some decent skiing! The most famous one is the Dizin ski resort

With an elevation of 5610 m (18400ft), Mount Damavan is the highest mountain in Iran and can be found about 65 km northeast of the capital. On a clear winter it can be seen from more than 200 km away and dominates the views to the northeast from Tehran. 

As a potentially active volcano, it has a small summit crater and is part of the Alborz mountain range which stretches along the southern coast of the Caspian sea. It holds the record for being the highest volcano in Asia and is the second highest in the Northern hemisphere after Mount Elbrus in Russia (5642 m - 18510 ft).  

The image below was taken from 36000 ft, just before sunset. I particularly like the amount of detail and the long shadows along the mountain ridges and peaks. Please make sure to click on the image to have a full screen view and enjoy it in the best way!

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF 35mm f2 lens
ISO 200, f5.6, 35mm, 1/950s
RAW Development in Iridient Developer 
Nik ColorEfex for optimal contrast

As I blogged a few weeks ago in my post "FUJIFILM GOES FLYING - AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY", the XF 18-135 is normally my preferred lens of choice for this type of photography; however since the new 35mm lens was on the one on the camera, it really shows its great potential for sharpness and the amount of detail! 

My collection of aerial images is growing steadily; check it out here !

Remember: "The best camera or lens, is the one you have with you"


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