The only photograph of Tehran that I have posted to TrekEarth to date is one of Tehran’s infamous smog (see here), so in the interests of fair and balanced reporting, I am delighted to share this photograph of the view from my hotel window in Tehran yesterday morning – a beautiful spring clean air day!
I am staying on the north side of Tehran, and this is a view taken at 9.00 am in the morning looking north towards the Alborz Mountains which still have a little snow left on top.
The Tehran local government this year took some drastic measures to reduce air pollution in the city.
After a ten day inversion in the middle of winter that caused one of the worst smogs that Tehran had seen in years, it introduced a system whereby cars (which are the major source of the air pollution) would be permitted only to enter the central area of the city on certain days of the week.
Tehran has already had a permit system for many years of restricting cars to the centre of the city to those owned by people who live or work in the city centre, but in January it was decided to create a second zone, extending the restrictions out another 3-4 kms or so. In this second zone, only cars with their number plates ending in an even number can enter on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, and cars with their number plates ending in odd numbers on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
On Fridays, there are no restrictions on driving in the city centre because this day in Iran (as is the case in most Muslim countries) is equivalent to a Sunday in western countries (which is why there is so little traffic on the freeway in the foreground of this picture - yesterday being a Friday morning).
I gleaned this information from fellow TrekEarther Ali Adolrashidi when he very kindly took me on a tour of Tehran yesterday afternoon. It was a delight to see the city minus its traffic jams and visit a few places to see how the locals relax on a Friday afternoon (I shall post some more photos from Iran in the coming weeks).
Ali told me that the new restrictions have been well accepted by the population, and already some improvement in the air quality seems evident. He also mentioned that some rich people now have two cars – one with even number plates and one with odd number plates. I suppose that happens anywhere in the world if you have the money – what’s the cost of a new car to avoid a little inconvenience!
PP: Did a minor perspective adjustment on this as I used my 12 – 24 mm wide angle lens, cropped, USM at 350% (0.4).
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MIG13 (0) 2006-05-20 16:54
Hi, David! Now you show a beautiful Tehran, in a well composed pic! Nice perspective and colours. Mountains look great too! Congratulations and thanks for sharing! Miguel.
saamb (1008) 2006-05-20 16:56
This scene is wonderful. this is interesting for me that you have captured a clean tehran!
we see mountain prettily, that this landscape in other days is impossible! anyway tehran is beautiful, if automobiles not be in street as a holiday. i like this photo for clouds and good composition. and excellent sharpness too. very tnx
kensimage (8565) 2006-05-20 17:36
Surrounding mountains to trap the smog, just like L.A.! A nice sharp, clear picture, with some clouds for added interest. The mountains look drier than I might have expected, especially in spring. Hopefully I can go there someday, when the political situation is different. Regards, Ken.
PJE (20758) 2006-05-20 19:13
David I really like this clean air day photo you have posted. Looks to me like the clean air policy has worked pretty good. Lovely background mountians in this city scene!
asanak (1972) 2006-05-21 3:59
thanks for this wonderful shot!this is my lovely home ,my city!
Great artistic view combined with excellent technique. The colors are well balanced and the focus is just fine.
The composition is smart and amazing.tfs
capthaddock (28790) 2006-05-24 13:05
Hi David - wow, despite its drab reputration, it looks like a decent place, and a beautiful mountainous backdrop, a real eye opener, and a very informative note as usual, if they legalise booze I'm there. :-)
elmec (12210) 2006-05-24 18:08
Great panorama of the city and mountains!
Perfect light and composition!
gaby (19819) 2006-05-24 18:59
David bonsoir - this landscape is really very very clear - this view is perfect and the light, the moutains and the clouds are wonderful -
fayeulle (27827) 2006-05-26 9:47
Fantastic clear shot of Tehran. Where is smog ?
This is the spring in this contry, not in France (rainy and cold) despite of month of May.
david (3992) 2006-05-26 11:35
i can't imagine tehran having smog ... not because any assumptions about being poor, but because i imagined it not being as conjested by traffic as other countries.
i don't really like the trees in the foreground, personally i might have cropped them out. however i love the city scape and the touch of snow in the mountains is beautiful.
fserajian (2295) 2006-05-28 2:19
This is a very nice photo, sharp, colourful, blue sky and clean air, it reminds me of my childhood! Recently visited Tehran but not fortunate enough to capture it as you have. well done!
ilgar (556) 2006-05-28 2:32
this is very good shot
and nice fhoto
welcom to iran
ArtLook (2348) 2006-05-31 2:38
Very nice cityscape. Very good contrast and extremly sharp details on this picture. I like your POV here on the city, mountains look very impressive with incredibly clear sky with several white clouds. Very good shot, Bravo!
With BEST Regards,
vagabondtravels (6511) 2006-05-31 19:51
Nice image. Very sharp and what a beautiful clear day you had.
aloyho (6798) 2006-06-21 2:14
You must be lucky to have a room facing this direction with such a nice view. The inclusion of a bit of the tree tops in the foreground is a good idea and I enjoyed the radiating effect of the clouds coming out from behind the mountains. The lighting is just perfect as you are even able to capture the faint green on the slopes despite the distance. Very impressive!! Have a nice day.
mumek (20202) 2006-09-04 12:51
Nice postcard from Teheran.Very good quality of the photo with great colours and sharp details. Thanks for informative and interesting note
Andrzej_HHH (2480) 2006-12-01 13:36
Very nice and clear shot of Tehran. Beautiful mountains in the background! Andrzej
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-05-19
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G ED, Circular PL
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-20 16:34