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This is Serra da Leba, a landmark in Angola. A road built in the 70's, it's been in the country's postcard images for decades, but all shots were taken by day. I wanted something different and tried a night shot. But it seemed impossible: pitch dark, foggy, altitude of 1,800m (5,000ft). I wanted no more than 60sec of exposure, max, to avoid too much exposure of the sky. But a car takes a few minutes to climb or descend this section of the road. The fog was dense and blocking the view! Suddenly the fog cleared, a lot of cars went down, others went up. Traffic is something unusual in this part of the country throughout the year, but then it was January the 2nd and there was an unusual amount of traffic as many people were going to the beach in Namibe for the long weekend (JAN the 4th is a public holiday in Angola) and others were coming back to Lubango from the New Year celebrations... Painting done!

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