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Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan by Olga Kulakova

I have been to this place so many times but never thought about capturing a night landscape there, until my friend suggested that this could be a good location for night photography as there is a tiny place for just one tent on the rocky hill, so we have planned this small adventure for the end of May.

On Saturday evening we started from home and after few hours of hiking reached the location at the altitude of 3600 meters above sea level. I was hoping for a beautiful sunset and a clear starry night but the surroundings were covered by fog and nothing was visible at all. The weather was so cold, rainy and misty that I had no idea what I was going to capture here in such conditions, so I got disappointed and went inside the tent thinking about going to sleep and coming here again sometime in the future.

After half an hour I got really bored sitting in the tent and looked outside. To my surprise the scene was breathtaking. The clouds illuminated by the moonlight were quickly moving beneath the surrounding mountain peaks, so I hurried outside to set up the tripod with camera. I was definitely not going to sleep that night.

Camera Sony A900
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 16-35mm f/2.8
Aperture f/2.8
S/S 20sec
ISO 800
Additional Notes Manfrotto 055 tripod
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