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Elburz mountains - Iran and Moon

A shot of the Elburz mountains in Iran with the moon


Elburz mountains [?]


Taken on trip back from Moscow to Doha, one of my first attempts to take photos out of an aeroplane window (many airlines are not happy for you to do this because of the issue of electronic devices).Also taken during the period when Russia invaded South Ossetia in their disagreement with Georgia. I was lucky enough to capture the dusk light and the moon rising over these mountains. The red colour of the mountains comes through as does the blue colours of the sky. The wing almost sits on the horizon dividing earth and sky. I previously never knew anything about this region, nor did I realise that we flew many times over this part of Iran. Because of the haze in the initial photos I had almost dismissed this and other photos taken on the fight until I read an article by Helen Bradley on how to clean up the photos. There are other similar shots taken on this flight elsewhere in my flickr including a raincloud over Baku.



Don't use Polariser, the windows are tinted, the shots will come out weird.

Use fast shutter speed; push up the ISO if you have to. Despite an apparent slow moving landscape, the aircraft vibration will give the equivalent of camera shake regardless of any Image Stabilisation you use.

Watch out for engine exhaust, it will distort the light as it comes through the turbulence from the exhaust



Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)

Aperture f/11.0

Focal Length 18 mm

ISO Speed 200


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Taken on August 13, 2008