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Full Moon over Saxony

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The Elbe Sandstone Mountains is a mountain range in the border region between Germany and the Czech Republic, referred to the Saxon Switzerland in the German, and Bohemian Switzerland in the czech side. Both are declared national parks. The mountain range is the cause of a large sediment of sandstone created during the Cretaceus, which has been later laid free and thus became victim of erosion processes, mostly by the river Elbe.

This picture was taken from the Bastei, a rock formation rising about 190 meters above the river Elbe which you can see in the picture. The village you can see there is Rathen, divided by the river Elbe, one of the main centers of tourism in Saxon Switzerland. On the horizon, you can see a few Mesas, among them the Lilienstein, the most famous one, as well as the fortress Königsstein on the right hand side.

This picture, part of a larger series :), was taken at around 4:30 am in the night on Easter Monday. Easter 2009 had wonderful weather in Germany with warm days, causing fog to rise during the colder night. This picture was taken at ~4.30 am, and consequently, you can see fog through the mesas and along the river Elbe.

The exposure time was 54 seconds at an aperture of 2.8 and ISO 200. Low ISO for the noise, the lowest possible aperture for the shortes exposure time to avoid stars getting too streaky. The lens of choice again was the Tokina 11-16.

I recommend to watch this picture large on black.

#15 on Explore on 2009-04-21. Thank you very much!

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