In an earlier image I uploaded, Straits of Gibraltar, I was standing 430m (1400 ft) below this point, admiring the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Having taken a cable car to the "Top of the Rock," in the present photo I could see the Barbary Apes who had declared squatters' rights. I could also gaze off to the left and make out the city and harbor, and on the right, the shear drop and the beach. I could also hear the howling winds... and actually see the mist and clouds forming.
As air rushes upwards along the steeper sides of a mountain, it cools rapidly and condensation begins to take place around particles of dust suspended in the air. This is the simple explanation of physicists for the formation of clouds hanging above peaks of mountains, as well as the thick fog seen here.
Cloud Chamber. Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869–1959), a Scottish physicist, is credited with inventing the cloud chamber. Inspired in seeing clouds hovering around mountain tops of the while working on the summit of Ben Nevis in 1894, he began to develop expansion chambers for studying cloud formation and optical phenomena in moist air. He pursued the application of this discovery and perfected the first cloud chamber in 1911. In Wilson's original chamber the air inside the sealed device was saturated with water vapor, then a diaphragm was used to expand the air inside the chamber (adiabatic expansion). This cools the air and water vapor starts to condense. When an ionizing particle passes through the chamber, water vapor condenses on the resulting ions and the trail of the particle becomes visible in the vapor cloud. Cosmic radiation was first observed using Professor Wilson's invention, earning for Wilson the 1927 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work.
The frame I designed for the photo is meant to resemble a beveled white (cardboard) mat, with by a thin aluminum around it. Whenever I frame a photograph at home, that is the type of frame I use — simple, minimalistic and protective. In an earlier photo Top of the Rock I, I had employed a similar frame.
An unusually good photo of the Rock of Gibraltar on a clear day was posted by Paul VDV, Solid as a Rock. To get a sense of the topography, our photos could be viewed together.
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lousat (87108) 2014-05-30 2:24
Hi Bulent,not the best view to who suffer of vertigo like me...ehehe..but truly original and beautiful despite the unlucky moment whit a lot of clouds,very very nice and original choice of point of view from the top and excellent quality too,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-05-30 2:24
this is breathtaking view and for the people with the fear of heights. The POV you chose enhances the steepness of the rock and the mist adds very much to the dangerous atmosphere. I like the foggy panorama in the background which gives us even more sense of the height. Good use of the vertical format and nice framing.
Thanks for sharing
snunney (94835) 2014-05-30 3:00
I have only visited Gibraltar once and that was by chance. I was working briefly on the QE2 when she was forced due to a previous incident to put into Gibraltar. There was some problem in communication with the pilot boat and she hit the dock full on coming into the mooring, puncturing the bulbous bow. Fortunately above the waterline. The hole was repaired by pouring concrete into the bow! I never got to the top of the rock so this I find this image very interesting, though certainly not for those who suffer from vertigo! Excellent technical quality.
arnie (1805) 2014-05-30 3:56
A very contrasting shot, on the left we have a clear view of the harbour and city while on the right we have the formation of clouds slightly obscuring the cliff face and city. Lovely shot.
shreya2000 (2131) 2014-05-30 4:05
Excellent picture showing the sharp edge of massive mountain. I can scared looking down to this corner. Composition is very nice.
Noel_Byrne (29165) 2014-05-30 4:25
A dizzying and breath taking view, the mist hanging in the air makes the sensation of height even more powerful. A wonderful view off the city in the distance too, which also helps show this immen height of this place.
Thanks as always for sharing.
ikeharel (67165) 2014-05-30 5:59
Hello Bulent, my TE neighbour for today.
A fascinating top of the rock, with great view on both sides of the summit.
There is an upwards stream of the fog, notable on the image, must be a bit chilly, even it was a mid-summer day.
I recognize the landing striup on the airport, and the Spanish side marina, whichj is relatively new.
Missing the monkeies though...
Have a nice weekend,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-05-30 8:04
Hello Bulent -
Dizzying heights and the associated micro climate illustrate your comprehensive note eloquently. How fascinating this scene is and what a spectacular view of the cityscape we can see through the forming clouds. A photograph that is an excellent TE contribution.
I guess you don't suffer from vertigo!
COSTANTINO (62645) 2014-05-30 8:08
breathtaking view to those high rocks
how did you do it?perfectly executed
from an excellent chosen point of view
I like the foggy panorama
have a nice time
Royaldevon (36089) 2014-05-30 15:14
This is interesting, to understand the conditions that create this micro climate. It does make the most unusual shot, the rocks clear in the f/g and the city beneath, seen through a swirling mist.
A fine shot.
Thank you for sharing this.
Have a good w/e,
PaulVDV (26674) 2014-05-31 15:35
I find it strange that the fog is at the Mediterranean Sea side and not at the Atlantic side. I'd expect the Mediterranean coastline to be sunnier than the ocean coast.
Anyway it's a very spectacular shot, especially the view of the houses and the street at the right side.
When I was there I was so lucky to have so much wind that I had very clear views over both coastlines, even the view of the African mountains. The bad thing was that there was so much wind that the company of the cable car decided not to operate that day. So I had to climb all the way from sea level to the top. And I started walking that morning from La Linea (Spain) where my hotel was :)
I slept very well the night after.
Best regards, Paul
jhm (148724) 2014-06-02 3:15
An excellent captured image of this wonderful part from Gilbratar.
Your picture is a two part image with the rocks and low clouds and also the village in the valley
Composition and presentation, are perfect.
Wonderful panorama view of this nature landscape.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Tigerlily (3375) 2014-06-03 2:55
Beautifully taken image. I like the cloud covered part of the image. You see it as a formation of clouds, I see it as something 'mysteries':-D, and made the image is more interesting.
Have a good day!
Didi (60358) 2014-06-04 15:02
Hi my friend
Very good dominant point of view
Interesting difference of contrast with the mist
Good picture in spite of the hard conditions of lights
imageme (1790) 2014-06-06 14:05
Hi Bulent, Great view from the top of the rock. It is nice that you have included the city down below the rock to provide a sense of height and the clouds also strength the scale of height too. I like its original look. Best regards
Kielia (24077) 2014-06-08 2:50
you are presenting another fantastic image! Excellent photo work, you have chosen a very well working POV to capture this spectacular place. The composition is really successful. I also like the framing. My compliments also for the notes!
mirosu (15972) 2014-06-11 2:46
Excellent photo with fabulous view down to Gibraltar. Nice composition showing also the rock details in foreground. I must admit that I was always lazy to go on the top when I was in Gibraltar, now I see what I've missed.
Very well done.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-06-17 8:58
Uauuuu dear Bulent
How very high did you go to take this vertical panoramic of this place, few people arrive there
Good informative note to this no so present on TE place
Well done, warm regards
I have been in another Top of the rock, have a couple of post from it
mjw364 (432) 2014-06-17 11:31
A striking and dramatic shot and one that is difficult for me to look at. When I look at shots like this my stomach starts to churn and my head spins so I am looking away as I type concentrating on my keyboard. I have a bit of a problem with heights of this magnitude - they do have a physical impact on me. So I hope you appreciate that I have typed a note of appreciation on this shot. An excellent point of view - I hate to think how I would feel if that mist was not shrouding the ridge at the top of the shot. I probably would not be commenting on this photo in your gallery but another, that in itself is testament to how much I do actually like this despite feeling weird right now!
Mics (892) 2014-06-18 1:38
This is a magnificent shot! Given your sense of adventure that seems to be not waning with age...this shot could be mistaken to be made by a mid 20's guy. Perhaps a nice adrenaline rush experience. Beautiful shot! Stay safe and healthy, sir!
Have a nice day!
adores (43851) 2014-07-01 17:28
This is a fantastic pov,I've never been to the top. The view is really impressive and the fog adds a lot. Good shot!
PS: The championship was really a disaster for us, Bulent, but honestly, I don't care much about the subject and I never watch the matches:)!
jemaflor (93193) 2014-07-23 9:07
impressive view to give vertigo, good contrast with this foggy slope and rcks in the FG, tfs.
aliabazari (16093) 2014-10-05 22:39
Hi Bulent dear
I like this beautiful shot. Clarity and depth are very well done. Thank you for recording this nice picture
meyerd (1626) 2014-10-08 0:00
thanks to your kind comment on one of my pictures I have the privilege of discovering your contributions to TE. This picture's significance is much enhanced by your fabulous note that goes with it. I now understand I have to read your book "Math and the Mona Lisa" ...
My best regards, Dietrich
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (37845)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-19
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-30 2:19