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Moonlit Saxon Switzerland

During the night trip of Easter Sunday, I looked for things to take pictures of with the moon not inside, but behind me, illuminating the scene. One of the results you can see here. Shown is the Amselgrund, a valley inside the Sandstone Mountains of the Elbsandsteingebirge, as seen from the Bastei.


The Bastei is part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, a mountain range in the border region between Germany and the Czech Republic, southeast of Dresden, 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.


On the right, you can see lights coming from the town Kurort Rathen, as well as some village lights on the horizon.


The entire scene, however, is lit by the full moon of Easter 2009, requiring an exposure time of 60 seconds.


Aperture chosen was 2.8 (not the optimum, but I wanted to keep star trails to a minimum while maintaining ISO200 for reduced noise), the lens of choice again was my beloved Tokina 11-16mm, at 11mm focal length.


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Taken on April 13, 2009