++ Update: National Geographic now features this image in their October issue (Dutch edtition) ++
Cappadocia, Turkey, is a region of exceptional natural wonders and a unique historical and cultural heritage. The spectacular volcanic landscape is entirely sculpted by millions of years of erosion. Wind and rain have created a bizarre field of hundreds of conical formations. Many of these pillars, known as fairy chimneys, contain labyrinths and caves where Christians once hid to avoid persecution.
I visited this area earlier this year in search of new locations for our tours and workshops. I had seen images of the region that looked very interesting, but I hadn't imagined it would be so spectacular.
When I took this shot, the weather was not cooperating at all; a dull grey sky that did nothing for the scene. I decided to just scout the whole area, find different angles that I could try to shoot later. While I was working, the weather changed. Dark rain clouds started to form that contrasted very nicely with the yellow sand stone. After I set up for this shot, I just waited to see what would happen. At one point, the sky opened up behind me, just enough for the sun to peek through and throw some light on the pillars. I usually try to avoid this kind of perspective distortion, but in this case I thought it works very well as it emphasizes the height of these fairy chimneys.