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Jupiter dominates the night sky over Monte Pelmo in the Italian Dolomites.

What was supposed to be a leisurely drive back to our apartment in time for an early dinner kept getting delayed as the route back was crammed with breathtaking views just begging us to stop. With all the delays, we gave up on getting back home for dinner and decided instead to stay out a bit longer to get few shots of the peaks with stars behind them. We found a small hotel near great views of Monte Pelmo and after taking some photos at twilight popped in to have dinner while waiting for the stars to come out.

After dinner, we waded through the deep snow to get the view you see here. This wasn't the time of year to get decent milky way shots, and in any case, it would not have aligned with the mountain. Instead we had to make do with Jupiter which was shining brighter than any star in the sky. A short wait for it to align nicely with Monte Pelmo and the result is the photo you see here.

Selva di Cadore, Belluno, Italy, 2016

Sony a7R Mark II with Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8

Tags:   camera:sony_a7r2 italy square jupiter pelmo alps mountain astrophotography night landscape dolomites monte

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At the end of a long bumpy road at the edge of the Icelandic Highlands is Aldeyjarfoss, the most interesting waterfall I've seen in Scandinavia.

While there were bigger and more dramatic waterfalls in Northern Iceland, Aldeyjarfoss was by far the most interesting. The waterfall is found on a lava field that was formed 9,500 years ago that has been carved over the millennia by the Skjálfandafljót river. The layers of rock that frame the main fall sparked much speculation amongst us -- we all agreed that the vertical columns were basalt but couldn't explain why the vertically aligned layer sat atop columns that were horizontal.

While we were there, we were also lucky to get some decent sunset colours. Although the best view of the waterfall was up at the edge of the cliff, I happened to be down near the water level when the colours were at their best and this was the result.

Bárðardalur, Icelandic Highlands, 2017

Sony a7R II with Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

Tags:   camera:sony_a7r2 f:ultrawide f:wide panorama FourByThree iceland waterfall Bárðardalur longexposure dusk waterscape basalt volcanic Skjálfandafljót

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A massive plane is rendered minuscule as it flies through sunbeams high over East Anglia (if you can't see the plane, view it bigger!).

It was very cloudy as we entered UK airspace after a mostly sunny and bright holiday in northern Italy. However, as is the case with Britain's moody weather, every now and then something magical happened. A tiny tear in the clouds let the sun burst through in a golden eyelash of sunbeams, each recovering a little colour and detail from the farmland below.

This seemed like just a small rift in the sky's overall monotony until I saw another passenger jet fly amongst the sunbeams. This showed just how massive the sunbeams were and also -- more thought-provokingly -- just how small we are in the grand scale of things.

East Anglia, England, 2016

Sony RX100 Mark IV

Tags:   camera:sony_rx100m4 aerial sunray scale SixteenByNine fromplane airplane britain plane

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The top of St Mark's Campanile (the tall tower structure at St Mark's Square allows for many great aerial views of Venice, Murano and San Michelle. This photo shows the West South West view over St Mark's Square.

What you can't see in this image is that between most of the houses in the distance there is a complex mesh of canals that serve as roads in this exotic island.

Excercise: How many pigeons are there in the square?

Canon EOS 350D with Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5

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Tags:   italy venice st marks square europe aerial Piazza San Marco campanile camera:canon_350d

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The entrance to the Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing's Forbidden City is the most imposing of the several gates in the 15th century imperial palace. This is what 14 years and a million workers can build out of wood and marble.

The Forbidden City is visited by throngs of tourists and so to get a photo without them, I needed to wait until closing time when the stewards were shepherding people to the multiple exits at the periphery of the walled city. After stalling one of the stewards who was gesturing to me in Chinese that I should move along by showing him my pictures for the day I took 5 handheld photos that I merged in Photoshop to remove the last few tourists who remained.

Beijing, China, 2015

Sony a7R with Sony FE 55mm f/1.8

Tags:   camera:sony_a7r china square beijing eastern chinese palace citadel city forbidden Hall Supreme Harmony


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