Known from many a Western movie and a popular tourist attraction, this location is probably more easily recognisable from the ground. Its well defined structures and vast extent however make it an equally attractive motive from 30.000ft up, even more so when the low sun casts long shadows through the meandering valleys.Located at the border between Utah and Arizona, Monument Valley will continue to amaze visitors, whether from the ground or in the air.
Strait of Malacca, Malaysia
A fellow photographer once stated that "Mother nature is the best artist." I'd like to add that, compared to Mother Nature's artistry, we are all just bloody amateurs. ;-)
As the sun rises above the Pacific Ocean, we are presented with an infinite palette of colors. A gorgeously impressive sight that will never cease to amaze and inspire.
It is mid-November but already winter has settled in this region of the world with minus °C temperatures turning rain into snow and brownish landscapes into white plains. As the sun is setting, it paints the sky with blue, red and orange colours which are being reflected here over the city of Kotlas by the Northern Dvina River.
Singapore Airlines B747 and noctilucent clouds above the Northern Pacific Ocean
As we approached Anchorage we got a fantastic view onto the Chigmit Mountains with its two impressive volcanoes, Mount Iliamna and Mount Redoubt (from front to back). Both mountains peak at a height of a bit more than 3,000m and are thus the two highest summits of the Aleutian mountain range. Both volcanoes are listed as active and Mount Redoubt acquired some notoriety when, on 15 December 1989, its ash cloud had a KLM 747 loose all four engines as it descended towards Anchorage airport. Luckily, the pilots managed to restart the engines after loosing more than 10,000ft of altitude and eventually made a safe landing at ANC.
When shooting a certain motive I usually aim for the realisation of the picture I have in mind at that moment. Eventually I select the best shot of the sequence and post-process it in a way that allows me to show the viewer the picture I had in mind when I took the photos. It happens quite rarely that I use more than one photo of a given sequence in order to achieve this. In this special case though, as we were cruising at close to 1000 km/h over the country of Pakistan, the scenery along with the colors changed so quickly that I ended up with a multitude of photos which, while showing roughly the same geographical location and were merely minutes apart, had a completely different look. Which is why I decided to produce two pictures out of the sequence. I called the first one "Pakistan Painting", this once will hence simply be called "Pakistan Painting II".Hope you like them both.