Wednesday, April 22, 2009

From Mountains to Desert

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Whn the weather is clear below, you can see the most amazing things from aircraft. This shot was taken at the end of October, 2007, somewhere over Western China or maybe Kazakhstan, a point where the rugged mountains that stretch away to Siberia give way abruptly to desert (though are those strip farms I see, using runoff from the high country for irrigation?). The transition in altitude-based characteristic is abrupt and creates almost a feeling of other-worldliness. Keeping your camera trained out the window during the daylight phases of international travel can be a rewarding exercise, and if the window is reasonably clean the camera chip does an excellent job with exposure and focus. Enhancements include colour, sharpness and contrast. Fuji Finepix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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