In the last 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.
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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snunney (100034) 2013-09-14 6:14
Perfect exposure control here. I like the point of view and the division between the pleasantly lit foreground rock and the misty area beyond.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-09-14 7:47
una rocca di Gibilterra assai insolita, abituati come siamo, a vederla sempre piena di sole e priva di qualsiasi nuvola.
Tu ce ne offri una versione diversa e per questo affascinante, tanto più che si diversifica notevolmente dalla solita cartolina alla quale siamo abituati.
Da questa foto è facile capire il motivo per cui ci si sia sempre affannati a conservarne il possesso: dall'alto della sua altezza si domina facilmente la piana sottostante ma soprattutto lo stretto.
Di ottimo livello sia la composizione che la nitidezza ed i colori assai morbidi.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
goodwill (4226) 2013-09-14 9:05
Shot of decisive moment, inviting me to the great peak.
Its interesting to know that the scene changes here every moment, in one moment its absolute clarity, and the second moment the clouds whisper in your clouds.
sabermonajati (11239) 2013-09-14 11:51
amazing view from ridge of rock you captured.
mkamionka (37193) 2013-09-14 13:12
I like very much the mood which you have captured here. I have in my collection on TE photo taken from a quite similar POV click here. This one of such extraordinary places that everyone would like to have it in gallery. It seems the fog is always there covering more or less of the view which adds to a nice atmosphere.
Nice contrast of the wild foreground and the town behind,
dta (78544) 2013-09-14 13:45
Hello Bulent ,
We have to open the thumbnail and see the large version to discover all the beauty of the clouds condensating of one face of the top of the mountain .
Vasa (515) 2013-09-14 16:48
Sometimes you are et home, dear Bulent...I am happy for you that you are everywhere on the world and that there is always a place in the aircraft for you. And your Nikon, perfect tool in your hands. Simply, I am admiring that scene above Rock of Gibraltar, divided in two parts.
So glad to meet you again and I am so sorry for my longs abscences. The life needs me everywhere. All the best, Friend!
PaulVDV (29153) 2013-09-14 17:38
You've also found a very spectaculair viewpoint to show us the top of 'The Rock'.
It's actually surprising how both sides of the mountain can have such a different weather but your note explains it.
I remember that the slope on the side of the Mediterranean goes almost vertically downwards. Really a view to get sweaty palms.
Best regards, Paul
Silvio1953 (144334) 2013-09-15 1:01
Ciao Bulent, great view of fantastic place, fascinating atmosphere, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (31418) 2013-09-15 6:10
The effect of the rising moisture creates such an unusual and striking scene, blotting out the view on one side while still allowing the other to give a great sense for the incredible height here. It seems you are very very high indeed. Beautiful shot and I like the frame too.
All the best
Royaldevon (39344) 2013-09-17 1:15
Not an easy shot and so very different in mood from that posted by Paul, yet no less interesting.
You have composed the shot well, with the misted area following the diagonal and providing just enough detail of the sea below to create an intake of breath, from the inferred sheer drop!
Like a veiled city, Gibraltar is emerging with hints of warmth and colour! What a contrast.
I have to say, I've been to the top of the rock ... but not this one!!
Have a great day,
jhm (153686) 2013-09-18 4:20
This is an extraordinarily image with the nice part, in fantastic colour, the second part with a lot fog
Excellent depth and perspective.
This everything in nice colours and excellent sharpness.
Very well done, TFS.
gervaso (14195) 2013-09-18 4:48
The fog, although hiding part of the view, makes the picture much more interesting, giving a very nice atmosphere to the image! Very good framing and colors! Wonderful composition!
williewhistler (16398) 2013-09-18 4:50
now this is breathtaking,the triangular composition combined with the fog gives the image a terrific atmosphere.
Really well seen and presented.
Kind regards Les.
mirosu (16265) 2013-09-18 19:25
Thanks for excellent note and also for outstanding photo. I was in Gibraltar 3 years ago, but that time I did not manage to climb to the peak. Now I can see what a mistake I made. Good reason to go back. Excellent arrangement with the rock in front and Gibraltar (and maybe part of La Linea) in BG. Many thanks for posting it. I also thank you for your comment to my airplane photo.
Just FYI, the airplane take-off and landing speed is about the same. You are correct the airplane of AB 320 size is taking off at around 280-290 km/hr (landing maybe 260-270km/hr).
Smaller JETs require higher speeds. On the other side the large airplanes, like B747, AB 340-380 class are landing at lower speed than AB 320 (take off speed not much different but it takes longer time to accelerate to required T/O speed)
Gigidusud (21151) 2013-09-19 13:22
Amazing view from the top of the rock. This should be spectacular. Thanks for sharing.
Kisses to the whole family.
photoray (13981) 2013-09-19 16:46
Unusual view for being above the Rock of Gibraltor, looking down upon the natural icon, with the sea on one side and distant city below.
Happy Trails to you,
PS: And a interesting physics lesson.
bukitgolfb301 (42314) 2013-09-21 20:10
Hi dear Bulent
Sorry for my late reaction again.
Wow so fantatsic and breathtaking landscape view indeed! You did get so dramatic moment in perfect timing, color, light and so on. Half covered fog plays so important role in this shot. Well balanced composition and framework is also remarkable.
Thanks a lot and have a godd Sunday! TAKERO
zoomer (6) 2013-09-23 14:32
Greetings,this is such a finely detailed vista that really communicates the experience of standing there.All the best Wolf.
ChrisJ (114621) 2013-09-24 19:13
I could just discern the Rock of Gibraltar from my train to Algeciras in southern Spain, on my way to Tangiers in Morocco. I just wish I had of had more time and money, especially the former! A superb high pov with good sharpness, & tfs!
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-09-25 22:58
The Rocks of Gibraltar looks pretty stupendous in this misty conditions.Excellent exposure and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
Sonata11 (33863) 2013-09-26 11:42
this view is very impressive and very beautiful. Wonderfully executed and presentation of the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. I really like it this amazing composition. Tfs and informative note.
All the best,
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-09-27 7:44
I like the effect of the low hanging clouds on the mood and this an awesome capture from the top of this world famous rock. I like the hazy view of the community below. Well done, tfs.
annjackman (21899) 2013-09-27 10:27
It always seems strange to see a Mediterranean country listed under UK. This is a super picture because of the interesting weatherhanging over the rock. I like the way that a little of the coastline is visible through the mist. The rock and vegetation clinging to it is beautifully sharp.
Kind Regards, Ann
Didi (60588) 2013-10-07 10:42
Salam my friend
Interesting difference of contrast with the foggy background
Very good dominant point of view from the top of Gibraltar
mcmtanyel (23309) 2013-10-15 12:29
İyi günler Bülent Bey,
What a spectacular view and what a privilege to witness the formation of clouds through your camera's lens. Thank you for the highly informative note.
PS. Seven Springs is close to Pittsburgh, toward the western end of the PA Turnpike (I-76).
delpeoples (58278) 2014-02-14 3:34
Merhaba dear Bulent
Wow, what a great view you got, and not just your normal view, the mist has created a very particular atmosphere. Superb definition and colour, despite the difficult light and the large white frame suits it well.
Warmest wishes, thanks for sharing