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Sandstone Morning (HDR, Saxon Switzerland, Germany)

The sun is rising at the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of the Saxon Switzerland. The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are located 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 in the morning at 7:19. For a view of a nearby place at earlier times, see here for 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30. Also, see Sandstone Christmas on how it like with snow.


This picture was taken with the Nikkor 16-85 f/3.5-5.6, at 16 mm, ISO 200 and f8 aperture. It actually is a HDR made out of 9 single exposures, to get the high contrast between the bright sky and the parts of the landscape still lying in the morning shadow under control.


This picture is featured in an Apogee Photo Magazine article about HDR pictures. Thank you!


#289 on Explore on May 2, 2009.


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Taken on April 10, 2009